Review of “Assisted Suicide” by Brian Wells

Plot: Keith spreads out the paint cloth across the dining room floor. His phone rings. His curiosity overcoming annoyance, he answers. Need help murdering your wife?This has to be a joke. Besides, no one could know what he was planning. “Who is this?” It’s his credit card app. It tells him it wants Keith toContinue reading “Review of “Assisted Suicide” by Brian Wells”

Review of “A Kept Species” by Jamie Wahls

Plot: The story looks back at the alien invasion: The aliens [sic]ships deployed missiles the size of roses’ thorns, and sleeted down over our cities. They interfaced with the internet, uploaded themselves into our computers and phones, and seized control. When people cry out, asking what the aliens want, the only answer they receive isContinue reading “Review of “A Kept Species” by Jamie Wahls”

Review of “The Capes We Wear” by Avra Margariti

Plot:Wonderboy, with his sidekick (and uncle), the Shield, defends Trafalgar Square against an attack of flying robot monkeys. One of the monstrosities bites Wonderboy, who calls out to his Uncle Elijah before he blacks out. The Shield removes a glove and blasts the monkey into oblivion. He sees the attack as the sloppy work ofContinue reading “Review of “The Capes We Wear” by Avra Margariti”

Review of “The Judas Goat” by K.S. O’Neill

Plot: This visitor tells the story of the Judas goat. It’s not the goat’s fault. It knows no more about radio collars than it does about God or quantum physics. It just knows that it likes to be with other goats. The goats are invasive on the Galapagos. As bright as men are, they can’tContinue reading “Review of “The Judas Goat” by K.S. O’Neill”

Review of “Screen Time” by Koji A. Dae

Plot: Grace is buying her three-year-old son a tablet, just a basic device. The clerk advises buying a more complicated machine. Her son is a digital native, right? Grace herself uses an older tablet that Stephen bought for her fifty years before, with a cracked case. But it’s one her arthritic hands can cope with.Continue reading “Review of “Screen Time” by Koji A. Dae”

Review of “Jancy8146 and the RealHouse” by M. E. Garber

Plot:Our hero met Jancy8146 on the WorkerCubeFarm network, where he realizes that Jancy has it all figured out—the whole WhisperNet thing, the reason the people in the nice houses get ahead while the rest, like our hero, down in the Shanties barely get by. The WhisperNet allows them to connect at all points, not justContinue reading “Review of “Jancy8146 and the RealHouse” by M. E. Garber”

Review of “Incarnate” by Dani Atkinson

Plot:There isn’t too much of a plot to this, only an explanation. A mother talks to her small child—probably an infant—and explains why he is god. He’s not god in the sense that all people are divine, but in the sense that he really once was god: smiting people, blessing people, and all that follows.Continue reading “Review of “Incarnate” by Dani Atkinson”

Review of “Daisy’s Star Map” by Sean Patrick Whiteley

Plot:Daisy, a mildly clever Pomeranian, wakes up at the sound of a street light winking out and begins to bark—until she isn’t making noise despite her efforts. She’s floating, carried away by the light. The kitchen window opens for her and closes behind her. The next morning, her human scolds her while sweeping up theContinue reading “Review of “Daisy’s Star Map” by Sean Patrick Whiteley”