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Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight by Ursula K. Le Guin

There are times that I can clearly see the box I live in. Reading a flummoxing story often helps me do that, and “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight” is one of those. The story has a mythic quality, … Continue reading

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Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison

If you are a Harlan Ellison fan and haven’t heard him read one of his stories, you really owe it to yourself to find one of them. After hearing “Jeffty is Five” (again), I wonder why more audiobook narrators don’t … Continue reading

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“The Screwfly Solution” by James Tiptree, Jr.

Much is made in the horror genre of the link between sexual arousal and aggression in males. I can think of many characters whose motives for killing boil down to some kind of short circuit that bridges the two. But … Continue reading

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Past Short Fiction Hugo Winners

Over at The Fix: Short Fiction Review, I’ve been writing a column called Rocket Science in which I’ve been working my way through the short fiction Hugo Award winners since the beginning of time. Which was… 1955. I’ve reached the … Continue reading

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Review of "Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders" by Mike Resnick (Hugo Nominee, Novelette)

I’m convinced that Mike Resnick could make a cost analysis spreadsheet interesting. “Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders” (Asimov’s, Jan. 2008) seems familiar all the way through, but it really doesn’t matter because Resnick tells a great story and leaves you … Continue reading

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Thunderstorm

I’m sitting here at work, waiting for a Windows XP computer to finish the installation of Service Pack 3 and watching a thunderstorm roll in. There’s a good chance I’ll lose power and go home without the computer finished. After … Continue reading

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