Mary Robinette Kowal – Evil Robot Monkey (2008)

Mary Robinette Kowal‘s short story Evil Robot Monkey was first published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 22008, edited by George Mann.

Evil Robot Monkey tells the story of an super-intelligent chimpanzee trying to understand the world.

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Robert Reed – Eight Episodes (2006)

Robert Reed’s short story Eight Episodes was first published in the June 2006 issue of Asimov’s Magazine. I listened to it on EscapePod 107.

Eight Episodes is a story about an alien invasion that occurred during the earliest days of the earth.

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J. G. Ballard – Billenium (1962)

J. G. Ballard‘s short story Billenium was originally published in Amazing Stories in February 1962.

Billenium tells the story of an overpopulated world where space is at a premium. I read it in The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992), edited by Tom Shippey.

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Madeleine Ashby – By the Time we get to Arizona (2014)

Madeleine Ashby’s short story By the Time we get to Arizona was first published in the 2014 Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future anthology, edited by Ed Finn.

By the Time we get to Arizona tells the story of a couple trying to emigrate from Mexico to the United States. The setting is a dystopian world with ubiquitous surveillance.

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Ellen Klages – Goodnight Moons (2011)

Ellen Klages’ short story Goodnight Moons was first published in the anthology Life On Mars: Tales from the New Frontier, edited by Jonathan Strahan (2011).

Goodnight Moons tells the story of the woman who gives birth to the first child on Mars.

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Charles Yu – Standard Loneliness Package (2010)

Charles Yu‘s short story Standard Loneliness Package was originally published in issue 6 of Lightspeed Magazine in November 2010.

Standard Loneliness Package is set in a world where people can pay to have their emotions experience on their behalf.

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I recommend Charles Yu’s novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

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Molly Gloss – Lambing Season (2002)

Molly Gloss‘s short story Lambing Season was first published by Asimov’s Magazine in July 2002. I read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twentieth Annual Collection, from 2003, edited by Gardner Dozois.

Lambing Season is a first contact story about a sheepherder who stumbles across the wreckage of an alience spacecraft.

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