These two stories both center on difficult choices that can’t be undone.
THE FALLING by M V Melcer is a science-fiction tale about a girl living on ringed spaceship where people live on specific numbered rings depending on their usefulness and capability. This story documents her life as she discovers her passion, her calling, and the impossible decisions that come with all that she attains. Incredibly emotional and exceptionally beautiful even in its darkest moments. Published in Clarkesworld.
TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US by Jennifer Hudak is a lighter tale, about a girl who lives near the shore who discovers a secret about her own mother and grandmother. There is another difficult decision at play in this story, but one that leaves the reader with only minor heartache and a warm hug that will leave you smiling. Published in Mermaids Monthly.
by Martha Wells
Murderbot graces my recommendations yet again! Fugitive Telemetry is the sixth installment and fifth novella featuring Murderbot, an android with a penchant for vid dramas who would really rather be doing anything other than work.
In this story, taking place before the novel Network Effect, but after the other four novellas, Murderbot faces an actual murder mystery for the first time, on Preservation Station. It doesn’t actually want to solve the mystery, yet can’t help but feel concerned for the humans who have become its family.
Besides, it might be good to discover something it can do to be considered an equal, providing citizen within Preservation Station.
The mystery takes Murderbot through dealing with humans completely and utterly incapable of doing their own jobs, forces it to prove itself trustworthy to those still concerned with having it running free within their civilization, and has it comparing itself to the service bots who have a symbiotic relationship with the people of Preservation.
I recommend Fugitive Telemetry for anyone already a fan of Murderbot or of Wells in general. For those new to either, I recommend the novellas to anyone who loves more character-focused science-fiction, a dab of humor in the voices they read, and, for this story in particular, who enjoys a fun murder mystery.
Two humorous stories told in experimental ways, both dealing with themes on freedom.
A GUIDE FOR WORKING BREEDS by Vina Jie-Min Prased is a delightful story told in DM/Text/Notification bits between a couple of robots, one having to mentor the other. There are dogs and killings and love and…you just really need to read it and smile along. Published in Made to Order Anthology and republished on Tor.com.
HOW TO SAFELY ENGAGE IN TELEPATHY WITH THE DOLPHINS OF OCEAN PARADISE by Elizabeth Cobbe is a serious tale camouflaged as humor. Told in a list/rule format style, this story takes you through the necessary precautions if you want to swim with the dolphins who can telepathically communicate with you. Only, there are asterisks and reasons for all these rules that you’ll come to realize. Published in Zooscape Zine.
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These two stories both revolve around relationships. In each, there is a sense of orbiting, characters close, but potentially never close enough. They are lovely in their own distinct ways.
KALEIDOSCOPE by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a stylized story dealing with characters whose lives touch in different ways in many iterations and time-lines. There’s so much emotion packed tightly into this piece, with its cluster of color that sweeps past quickly, just like you’re watching their lives through a spinning kaleidoscope. Absolutely wonderful. Published in Constelación.
SANDRINE by Alexandra Munch is the tale of the relationship Nicole has with a sun god, who has literal planets revolving around her, including the sand-strewn and lovely Sandrine. There’s a push and pull here, dealing with hidden stress and beautiful visages. Published in Strange Horizons.
My flash piece “Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” has been published in Dark Matter Magazine in their third issue! This is my fourth publication of the year!
“Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” began its life as a flash challenge. My prompt had to do with nomads of some sort, sparking forth a nomadic space group that spanned many, many ships traveling together a la Battlestar Galatica style, but without the military aspect.
The story revolves around a drop shipment with a spattering of language and translation difficulties interspersed within :D
You can buy the third issue of Dark Matter Magazine with “Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” here!
<3 Marie C.