Robert Coover – Invasion of the Martians (2016)

Robert Coover’s short story Invasion of the Martians was first published in the September 2016 issue of the New Yorker magazine.

Invasion of the Martians is a comic satire that uses the tropes of science fiction B-movies to comment on American political culture in 2016.

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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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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – 2BR02B (1962)

Kurt Vonnegut‘s short story 2BT02B was first published in If Worlds of Science Fiction magazine volume 11, issue six, from January 1962.

2BR02B tells the story of a future utopia where war, famine and disese have been erridicated and the population level is maintained through voluntary suicide.

I listened to this story for free through Librivox.

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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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