Recently Read - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
Has been a while now since I actually read this book and these stories. Long enough that my memory of them has faded somewhat. I meant to write up an index post with maybe some overall thoughts like this approximately at the time. But I've been busy with school and especially I've been lax in cross-posting these from Tumblr to elsewhere; I wanted to wait until I had locations to actually link to with this one. In retrospect I suppose I could have written this sometime in the past and held onto it, but I...

Currently Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

 
Started reading this on Tuesday afternoon before my shift. I borrowed it from my mother’s collection although I’m fairly sure this copy is previously unread, and I’ve no clue by what path it ended up there. I think I would not otherwise have picked this book up to read, but then broadening my horizons is precisely why I am interspersing her books into my reading. If I wanted to have fun with genre labelling, I might call this a paranormal romance. But I think this book both pre-dates and...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
27. “The Winter Market” by William Gibson So far the only stories of William Gibson’s I’ve read are the two published previously in this anthology series and I’ve yet to like any of them. This one might suffer from coming at the end of the anthology when I am especially weary of the battered, wired, struggling cyber-future of the US of A. Here we have a disabled, dying woman, her mental landscape of drive and suffering and determination, her hate for pity and charity, some of that...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
26. “The Gate of Ghosts” by Karen Joy Fowler I approached this story warily. On the one hand, Karen Joy Fowler has a strong reputation among people whose opinions on sf I respect. On the other, the only story of hers I’d read previously, “The Lake Was Full Of Artificial Things” in the third of these anthologies, did nothing for me. And on a third hand - if I may be so bold - the nature of her reputation suggests “The Lake Was Full Of Artificial Things” could be representative of her...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
25. “Snake Eyes” by Tom Maddox When you let the US military mess with your mind, you don’t get it back so easily. At the beginning of the story I felt like this was a Vietnam War metaphor. At the end I felt like it was the uncompleted opening to a novel. Although, I’ve trouble imagining where that could go without twisting away from the focus of the story so far. Thinking about it, perhaps the reason this feels unsatisfactorily incomplete is the AI and minions promising our test...

Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

 
24. “Down and Out in the Year 2000” by Kim Stanley Robinson The backdrop makes this science fiction, but I don’t think it needed to be. This is a story of poverty in America as the world falls apart in war, which it feels like I’ve read five times already in this book alone. It could have been a shared world piece with Swanwick’s “Covenant of Souls”, frex. Normally when I say something like that I mean it as some sort of savage criticism, but I liked this story. And I liked it...

Previously Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection

 
Reading and writing about “Survival” in the fourth volume of this series naturally brought to mind the other story featuring human-ape relations. I liked “Her Furry Face” by Leigh Kennedy in the first volume a whole lot less than “Survival”, but not for being badly written. Rather it is an unsettling portrait of the misogyny and victim-blaming logic with which the male protagonist resents the women in his life. He manages to rape an orang utan student in his care, convince himself it...

Workplace humour

 
Co-worker: *taking a book to shelve* Dr Seuss. Me: *mishears as 'Dr Zeus'* Me: Dr Zeus would be very different and probably much less suitable for...

Oops

 
First day without any deadline looming over my head in several months (okay, one) and of course I start it off by crying because I feel lonely. Okay, okay, I started it off with a walk around the neighbourhood and breakfast, but then. Talked things over with one of my partners and feeling better about things for now. But since no actual circumstance is changed or readily able to be changed. So, still lonely. Not sure there is anything to do for that unless I can somehow make some new friends. And...