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Stuff on this blog:
“The Teratologist’s Brother,” by Brandon H. Bell
Appeared in Apex, issue 83, April 5th, 2016
An interesting story. I didn’t understand what teratology had to do with it, but maybe I’m being dense. Could allude to the emergence of this world from other words, or to the brothers’ upbringing. Speaking of the latter, here’s a great line: “The children of selfish, unstable trash are inflicted with bad compassion. Not the breed that lets you put yourself in the other’s shoes. The kind that makes you wear the other person’s shoes for them and walk for them and get their blisters for them because … Mommy loves you.“
“Death Flowers of Never-Forgotten Love,” by Jason Sanford
Appeared in Apex, issue 82, March 15th, 2016
1,800 words, according to Apex
That was pretty cool. I’m curious whether other people in this world choose to keep their memories and pains; the narrator’s choice is obviously unusual, but it’s also, I think, very human.
“The Elixir of the Not-So-Disgusting Death Smell,” by Carlie St. George
Appeared on the Mothership Zeta blog, March 21st, 2016
That was a fun read.
“The Idiot is, as I said, from time to time near that borderland where every thought and its opposite are equally true. That is, he has an intuitive perception that no thought, no law, no mould, no form exist which are true and right except as regarded from one pole—and every pole has its opposite. The situation of a pole, the taking up, that is to say, of a position from which to view and order the world, is the first stage in the foundation of every cultural form, of every society and morality. Whosoever considers Spirit and Nature, Spirit and Freedom, Good and Evil as interchangeable, if only for a moment, is the deadliest foe of every order of civilization. For there begins the contrary of Order; there begins Chaos.
“A line of thought which turns back to the Unconscious, to Chaos, disturbs every human system of order.”
“Double Time,” by John Chu
First appeared in Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (Twelve Planet Press), edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (buy the ebook); reprinted in Mothership Zeta issue 0 (September 21st, 2015)
Roughly 4,478 words
A touching story, but I found the ending sad in a way I’m not sure was intended or not. What a terrible fate, to get the pride and approval you need only by cheating time and eavesdropping.