Octavia E. Butler – Speech Sounds (1983)

Octavia Butler‘s short story Speech Sounds was first published by the December 1983 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. I read the story in her collection Bloodchild and Other Stories, published in 1995.

Speech Sounds tells the story of a woman living in a postapocalyptic world where many people have lost the ability to speak or read.

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Connie Willis – Ado (1988)

Connie Willis‘s short story Ado was first published in the January 1988 issue of Asimov’s magazine. I read this in Willis’s 1993 short story collection Impossible Things.

Ado is a satirical cautionary tale about an English Literature teacher attempting to teach Shakespeare in a world where sensitivity to offence is taken to its logical extreme.

The themes of this story are so closely tied to its narrative that I found it impossible to talk about it any meaningful way without being spoilterific. So if you haven’t read the story, I’d recommend reading it prior to listening to the review.

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Joe Haldeman – More than the Sum of His Parts (1985)

Joe Haldeman‘s short story More than the Sum of His Parts was first published in the May 1985 edition of Playboy and reprinted by Lightspeed magazine.

More than the Sum of His Parts tells the disturbing story of an engineer who is transformed into a cyborg following an industrial accident.

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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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