Science Fiction

Want to read: The road not taken

Bookmarked The Road Not Taken – a short story by Harry Turtledove by Contributors to Wikimedia projects (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

“The Road Not Taken” is a science fiction short story by American writer Harry Turtledove, set in 2039, in which he presents a fictitious account of a first encounter between humanity and an alien race, the Roxolani.

Recommended by Ben

It’s a first contact story that suggests most species in the galaxy develop an anti-gravity/ftl technology incredibly early, and so they end up colonizing the stars without ever developing beyond 15th century tech


Weird Western Short Stories by Shannon Peavey

Bookmarked Beneath Ceaseless Skies – The Snake-Oil Salesman and the Prophet’s Head by Shannon Peavey by Shannon Peavey (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Leaving Leo alone, with his brother’s head. Leo stepped closer to the jar. Cary’s white-blond hair floated up from his skull, the tips waving slightly. It looked like strands of spiderweb, or exposed nerves. “You still telling people things they don’t want to hear?” He tapped on the glass. As if he might rouse it to speech.

Also podcast reading of Black Hearts in PseudoPod.


Read Give and Hunt

Read Give and Hunt Double Sided Comic

A collaboration between Leigh Luna and Pam Wishbow, each of us contributed ten pages to create a dark toned comic. The two stories are seperate but compliment each other greatly.

The art in Give is really cool but sometimes visually overwhelming. Maybe wider gutters might have improved clarity? Or potentially a slightly heavier weight or tighter kerned font? For only ten pages the story was weighty with emotion.

The art in Hunt is more standard but I really enjoyed the fairy tale subversion.

I should read more short comics to learn better what you can accomplish in a few pages, since that’s where I should start with comics.

Fantasy Romance

Read Frostgilded

Read Frostgilded (The Harwood Spellbook, #3) by Stephanie Burgess

Two years after Snowspelled, on the eve of the Winter Solstice, Cassandra Harwood faces one of her most ambitious challenges yet.

Unfortunately this was predictable and the fact that the heroine didn’t figure it out undermined her intelligence. I believe this was meant as an epilogue, and it would have been better at the end of a longer work.