I also enjoyed the novelette Surf by Suzanne Palmer, which started off feeling like a “scientific research gone wrong” style of story, but quickly turned into a fun adventure where I was happy to go along for the ride.
“Run,” Bakri Says by Ferrett Steinmetz had an interesting premise, of a woman trying to rescue her brother from prison with the aid of a “save point” – a device that let her consciousness slide back in time whenever her heart stopped to a pre-determined save point. Obviously very influenced by modern gaming, but I thought the idea of what that kind of bloody repetition would do to a person’s sanity was very interesting.
Also in this month’s edition was:
- Strawberry Birdies by Pamela Sargent
- Ephemera by Steve Rasnic Tem
- The List by Tim McDaniel
- The Countable by Ken Liu (warning: lots of maths, but I enjoyed the point of view character)
- Variety of editorials and reviews