I've reviewed it now and I agree, alex - it's a very poor 'issue'. I didn't have too much of a problem with the stories being derivative, I was more bothered that each was at least one of the following: boring, badly written, pretentious or far too long. Several were at least three of these. There was one good story: Sarcophagus by Ray Nayler. My full review is here.I'm reading the newest Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine, like I always do (gotta enjoy what is given to you for free!). I've said in the last discussion thread that that month's issue was the best in a long time, and the first one that I read all the stories without getting bored to death.
Well, it still is.
I'm finding this new issue's stories to be extremely derivative. For instance, A House Is Not a Home, about a high-tech house with "feelings" is pretty much There Will Come Soft Rains, by Ray Bradbury; or The Sheen of Her Carapace, about an astronaut whose body is changing, thus becoming much alike the aliens he encounters in a new planet (uh, Avatar?). I instantly link the stories with something I have read or watched, so nothing feels new. This doesn't mean the stories are bad per se. I just had the bad luck of having the "source material" fresh in my mind.
I finished Later by Stephen King this morning. It was pretty good; strong narrative voice, interesting story and well-drawn characters. I've started The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, but I've not advanced far enough to have any opinion on it.
This book is, in the main, a 'found footage' story.Tonight I'm reading These Lifeless Things by Premee Mohamed
Is there a sequel?This book is, in the main, a 'found footage' story.
The protagonist is part of an archeology team exploring a ruined city and finds a diary/journal written many decades ago. She attempts to retrace the steps of the survivor who wrote it all.
Then the story suddenly stops!
End of, no further input from the archeologist. The journal ends and that's all she wrote*
(*see what I did there?)
I don't think so, unless the writer decides that she needs to finish the story.Is there a sequel?
(I did note that the only cover comment on the book was from Charlie Jane Anders, which would be a red-light for me, I have to admit).
I like it when you can see inspirations for Star Trek or Star Wars in old stories. My favourite ‘inspirations’ would appear to have been two read by Lucas; i.e. lightsabers in Gordon Dickson’s Wolfling, and Wookiee’s with bowcasters in George Martin’s And Seven Times Never Kill a Man.Eric Frank Russell "Wasp" (1957)
Re-read after a gap of a mere forty years. Still enthralling, could barely put it down, despite remembering it fairly well. However, this time round there were certain things I noticed that probably went over my head before:
(1) The main character/hero is a manipulative psychopath. And then some.
(2) There are no women. Not a single mention of one. Not in the street, in cafes, in air-raid shelters, or even in the hero's imagination.
(3) Gene Roddenberry read this book: the standard goodbye that people say to each other is "Live Long".
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