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Fadzlishah Johanabas bin Rosli - Act of FaithI've been made aware of a short 'Muslim SF' story, by the Malaysian writer and medical doctor Fadzlishah Johanabas bin Rosli (published earlier this year, it looks) in COSMOS Magazine; concerning the difference between humans and robots, the ability of having a 'soul' and being able to believe of the latter, and the human's reaction to any such claim.

Overall well written and enjoyable, even if it treads ground Isaac Asimov quite comprehensively covered with (especially the later) Robot stories; albeit not in terms of religion and from a Muslim perspective.

The full story, called Act of Faith, can be read here.

Dancing Together Under Polarized SkiesThe World SF Blog has a new short story by the Croatian writer Milena Benini, called Dancing Together Under Polarized Skies online - click here to access the story.

I found this to be entertaining and interestingly written story around the development of species, uplifting, co-development and more; all the more enjoyable due to the inventive and poetic use of language (yes, she does that on purpose when it looks like 'not proper English').

Milena has a website on SFF.net, where you can find some more of her writing!

 

The picture on the right is by Iamikan, and only related in my mind (and by this post, of course)


Clarkesworld Magazine has published The Fish of Lijiang, a short story by Chinese writer Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu.

I found it a rather sad story, both from a topical point of view as well as what it promises for the future of humanity - and especially on that level it is much more believable than I'd like it to be, given the subject matter!

The full story can be found here - go read & enjoy!

If you want to support Clarkesworld then you could always become one of its Citizens.

Neal Asher - WatchcrabThe Agony Column on Bookotron.com has a short story by Neil Asher, titled Watchcrab, available to read online. The story deals with some happenings at Cybercorp (the Golem manufacturer we know from the Polity Universe) at their warehouse in Essex. It's fluff, it's fun, it's non-essential. Go read it.

No idea when this was posted (it's not dated), the story itself is from 2003; but I wanted to drop a link to it: click here to read the story.

Lauren Beukes - Unathi Battles The Black HairballsLauren Beukes has a new 'short' story (it's not all that short)  - Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs - out on SFX.

The story is a firework of ideas and concepts and cultural cross-linkages and styles (the approach is reminiscent of Tom Holt, but much more modern, and much more fun to read) - even the opening sequence starts as it means to go on, ie cross-cultural and full of allusions :

Unathi was singing karaoke when the creature attacked Tokyo. Or rather, she was about to sing karaoke. Was, in fact, about to be the very first person in Shibuya’s Big Echo to break in the newly uploaded Britney come-back hip-hop remix of the Spice Girls’ classic ‘Tell Me What You Want (What You Really Really Want)’.

So - very much recommended! The full story can be found here.

And I want more stories about Flight Sergeant Unathi Mathabane, her mecha, and her whale penis leather boots. Please?

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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