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 “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 “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”

Review of “The Awards” by Charles Michael Stucker

Plot: The narrator’s silent alarm goes off while he (? Maybe. The narrator’s gender is never specified) is still at work. He gets ready to depart for the big event. Mabel tries to stop him, but he’s having none of it. She might not be done, but records show he finished his assignment. He’s notContinue reading “Review of “The Awards” by Charles Michael Stucker”

Review of “Protocol” by Sean Soravia

Plot: The unnamed narrator of this story is about to be sent one month into the future on a test mission. His mission is to wait for someone to open the door, check in with the technician, then press the yellow button to return. He is never to leave the machine. No words are toContinue reading “Review of “Protocol” by Sean Soravia”

Review of “Intro to Intergalactic Conflicts 101: A Course Summary” by Robert Douglas Friedman

Plot: There is no plot to this story. There is merely an overview—in the form of a course outline— of a centuries-old conflict of uncertain origin. (“[W]e remain certain that our cause is just.”) The enemy “lacks common sense, courage, religion, and access to a decent dry cleaning service.” To make matters worse, the enemyContinue reading “Review of “Intro to Intergalactic Conflicts 101: A Course Summary” by Robert Douglas Friedman”

Review of “Be Nice to the Butcher” by Danny Macks

Plot: The unnamed narrator describes the stranger who strikes up a conversation with him: “the friendly type, grey at the temples, with the stocky blue-collar build of a man who never lifted a barbell in his life, but could still bench-press me over his head.” They talk about this and that, discuss what brought themContinue reading “Review of “Be Nice to the Butcher” by Danny Macks”