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I guess the dream got lost cos baby you're still you and I'm still me - Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth
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I guess the dream got lost cos baby you're still you and I'm still me
From Sybil's Garage, I enjoyed Vylar Kaftan's The Girl Next Door, about a man's relationship wiht his neighbour, as well as Caspian Gray's tale of loss and friendship, Waiting for Spring. Sybil's Garage appears to be one of the more interesting mags around in the small press circuit.

I thought Brian Stableford's The Great Chain of Being, from the anthology Future Americas, was quite a believable take on grief and the way that future science might impact on it. In contrast to more utopian visions, Stableford doesn't push science into idealistic visions of future happiness. Instead it suggests a way it might be used to deal with pain and loss. I found it quite moving. Highly recommended.

From the excellent The Starry Rift, I loved Kelly Link's story of coping after a world-shattering incident, The Surfer. Set at a shelter where survivors cluster, Link's writing is deft and focuses on the microcosm rather than the broader picture. It's strongly characterised and thoughtful, as well as entertaining.

I also really enjoyed Anda's Game, by Cory Doctorow. Another strong YA tale, it deals with the world of online gaming, and the ways commerce and exploitation might intersect with it. A clever and believable potential future. Highly recommended.

Robert Reed is having a fantastic year. Salad for Two, from September's F&SF is another creepy story about a young girl and a mysterious benefactor who is more than he appears. Intriguing.

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cassiphone From: cassiphone Date: 11th September 2008 10:24 (UTC) (Link)
Anda's Game is a reprint, yes?
From: ex_benpayne119 Date: 11th September 2008 10:42 (UTC) (Link)
Is it? Bugger. Still a good story.
cassiphone From: cassiphone Date: 11th September 2008 11:02 (UTC) (Link)
Hee, I thought it was good too - when I first read it last year!

Actually, I heard it on podcast first, there's a brilliant podcast of it.
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