These two stories deal with completely different topics within their underlying themes, but on their surface they are about a person and their relationship with some sort of online persona they’ve crafted.
EVERQUEST by Naomi Kanakia is about a man named Gopal who receives an online multiplayer role-playing game as a present. He crafts a female character, named Gayatri, and begins to fall into that fantasy world more and more. This story is about outward expression, the journey to acceptance of oneself and the cultural and familial pressure that can stall someone on their journey of discovery. Published in Lightspeed Magazine.
A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF [REDACTED]’s VIDEO CHANNEL by Rhiannon Rasmussen is, just as it says, a literal translation of one person’s fumbling attempts to craft their own video channel. The videos—featuring how-tos and cooking recipes—devolve into disturbing territory that becomes almost comical in nature as you
watch read through these disasters. Published in Diabolical Plots.
The Odyssey Slam occurred exactly halfway through the workshop. Normally, so I’ve heard, the Slam would occur at a local bookstore. Instead of a bookstore, we did a Zoom “party” where only the person reading at that time would have their camera turned on.
We got to invite three people. One of my invites was my mom. Unfortunately, my family got double-booked that day with my niece’s second birthday also being held as a zoom event with the overlap being across the first hour of the Slam.
This meant I had to request a late time slot in order for my mom to get to see me read. Boo :(
I’d been really wanting one of the first slots so I could do my freak out, get the read over with and truly enjoy everyone else’s stories. Instead, I sat in a puddle of anxiety that ticked higher after each subsequent person read their story. I’m ashamed to admit that I can’t remember a single word of the story of the person who went directly before me because I was sitting in a haze of don’t-panic thoughts.
This was the story I read during the Slam
The story I chose to read was the flash piece “Cessation of Civilization” that had originally been published in December 2019. This meant that I didn’t have to write a piece for the Slam (thank goodness). I practiced it all morning, with my partner giving me tips on how to “look up sometimes!” So I made it through the read generally unscathed. Continue reading
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by Martha Wells
Are you surprised to see this one here? I doubt it. I am one of those people who adore Murderbot in all its glory and have already recommended the previous novellas. In fact, I could probably go short-hand and just say that from henceforth, if the story belongs to Murderbot, then I recommend it. But there would be no fun at all in never
gushing writing about my love.
In this novel, an old friend of Murderbot’s returns and doesn’t seem to be friendly any longer. Some of Murderbot’s humans are kidnapped, leading to it having to determine how to keep them safe, while also investigating the mystery of what happened to its friend.
Science-fiction done from the perspective of a merciless killing machine, who really isn’t so merciless, and certainly isn’t just a machine. And who, really, would just like to be left alone in order to binge drama shows.
I have never written one of these before despite having stories published in prior years. But there’s a first for everything!
In 2020 I had a grand total of 1 stories published :) But it’s a story I’m proud of; it’s a story I think touches the hearts of most, if not all, writers.
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The Pop-up Artisan of Drink Me Café, published in October in both print and audio at Cast of Wonders, is my one eligible story during this awards season. It’s about 3400 words long and is about a girl escaping her grief and subsequent abuse and neglect by hiding in a café every one of us wishes existed, a café that changes decor and coffee offerings to match favorite fantasy and science-fiction books and shows. There she reads to find solace in other worlds as she struggles at home, at school, and in life. There’s something about her situation that speaks to the dreamers in us, just as there’s something magical in those cafés and coffee shops writers frequent :)
I hope you’ll give it a read or a listen in consideration of your nominations this year!
<3 Marie C.
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