William Gibson – The Gernsback Continuum (1981)

The Gernsback Continuum was William Gibson’s first published story, appearing in Universe 11 in 1981. The version I read was reprinted in Mirrorshades: A Cyberpunk Anthology (1986), edited by Bruce Sterling.

It tells the story of an arts photographer taking a trip across America to document retro-futuristic architecture.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

 

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Aliette de Bodard – Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight (2015)

Aliette de Bodard‘s short story Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight was published in the January 2015 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.

It tells the story of how a son, a workmate and a ship’s AI mourn the loss of a top research professor.

The story won the 2015 BSFA Award for the best short story. Have you read it? What did you think?

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Jack Vance – The Miracle-Workers (1958)

Jack Vance’s short story The Miracle-Workers was first published in the July 1958 edition of Astounding Science Fiction.

The Miracle-Workers tells the story of a far-future human society that has degenerated to feudal medievalism.

The version I read for this review was reprinted in Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) edited by Gardner R. Devois.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

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M. Rickert – Bread and Bombs (2003)

M. Rickert’s short story Bread and Bombs was originally published in the April 2003 edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine.

The version I read was reprinted in the 2008 Wastelands anthology edited by John Joseph Adams.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

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Isaac Asimov – Robbie (1940)

Written in 1939, Isaac Asimov’s Robbie was first published in the September 1940 issue of Super Science Stories magazine as Strange Playfellow.

The version reviewed on the Short Science Fiction Review is the first story in Isaac Asimov’s collection of robot stories, I, Robot (1950).

Robbie tells the story of a young girl with a robot nursemaid and centres around the theme of technophobia.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

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Introducing the Short Science Fiction Review.

The Short Science Fiction Review is a podcast dedicated to providing short reviews of short science fiction stories.

I will review short stories and novellas by a diverse range of authors, from the earliest scientific romance tales to new voices in the genre.

The authors covered will reflect my own tastes. I enjoy science fiction works that are thought-provoking, mind-bending, political, satirical, or explore an interesting idea, concept or piece of technology.

It is highly unlikely that I will review stories about monsters, dinosaurs, or zombies; hard, technical scientific concepts; or action/adventure.

All of the works reviewed will have been published in established magazines or anthologies. My aim is to make the reviews sufficiently free of spoilers.

I’d love to hear from other short story fans for discussion and recommendations. You can follow me on Twitter @jlcronshaw, friend me on facebook.com/jlcronshaw or follow my Goodreads profile.

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