Friday, April 6, 2012

Scattering Tests and Lotteries

Hey, it's Friday again! And i've got a couple of stories for you. So instead of going on and on like I normally do, I think I'll just let you jump right in.

The Surface of Last Scattering by Ken MacLeod -- Technology Review Speculative Fiction
This is the story of a young man meeting his father for the first time. He's waiting at a train station for his father who is on his way from a prison. What's really cool about this story is that much of the speculative history is wrapped in the dialogue between the main character and his father. Give it a look. There's some interesting aspects of a different form of terrorism in the future. One that will in many ways destroy our histories. But I don't want to say too much because it would ruin the surprise for you.

Test by Steven Utley -- Lightspeed Magazine
It's the first hyperspace flights for humans, but something is wrong with the crew: they're all paranoid, but no one wants to talk to each other about it. If you're into stories about people fighting through cabin fever, then you're in for a treat here. This time, it's in space.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
This one's actually a classic. I read it recently for the first time in John Joseph Adams' anthology Brave New Worlds, but I found a link so you can read it free on the net.
The entire population of a small village gather at the town's square where the heads of the families must draw paper from a box. What I like most about this story has got to be the anticipation built up around what the box contains. It makes the reader curious about what the lottery is for.

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