A story you need to read right now

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Ted Chiang is one of my favourite short story writers. He’s not very prolific (a story every year or two) but his collection Stories of Your Life and Others is amazing and so are the stories he’s written since then. He’s got a new story available on the Subterranean Press web site, and it’s brilliant: […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4/5} “It has always been the will of man to separate us in thought, in clothing, in language. Separate, we can be controlled. Separate, we can be killed in the quiet of the night and disappear into myth. Separate, we forget that in the end we have the power.” Shine edited by Jetse de Vries […]

This is the Year Zero

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Following their meeting with world leaders, and a single, carefully orchestrated press conference, the aliens had been keeping a studiously low profile. They were here, they claimed, strictly in a touristic capacity. They wished only to obtain the requisite visas to come and go as they liked, along with a supply of native currencies. […]

Comments on Locus All-Centuries Poll: Shorts

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

The results of the Locus Online All-Centuries Poll are now out. I told you what my votes were a while ago. Here are the results of the poll, and following are my comments on the short fiction component. In terms of short fiction, there’s a lot I haven’t read — there’s also some I read a […]

Burning Chrome

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4/5} “When Rikki showed up, he needed one in the worst way. He was fading fast, and smart money was already whispering that the edge was off his game. He needed that one big score, and soon, because he didn’t know any other kind of life, and all his clocks were set for hustler’s time, […]

All-time best SF & fantasy novels & stories, v2

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

The other day I posted my first thoughts on how I would vote in the Locus poll, which is open until the end of the month. I’ve changed a small number of things and added some runner ups. One thing that I neglected the first time was that the order of the votes matters — I tried this […]

All-time best SF & fantasy novels & stories

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Locus is going to do a poll to find out what science fiction and fantasy novels and stories are the all-time best (they’ve done this a few times before but not in years). The categories are science fiction novel, fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story. They’re also diving the poll into 20th century (10 […]

The Dying Earth

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge. Once it was a tall world of cloudy mountains and bright rivers, and the sun was a white blazing ball. Ages of rain and wind have beaten and rounded the granite, and the sun is feeble and red. The continents have sunk and risen. A million cities have […]

Counting Tadpoles

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “One heard of Flying Box People. They were ignorant, of course, of People’s ways, and did some awful things, not knowing any better. But they seemed to intend friendship. ‘No knowing what harm we may do them in ignorance,’ Levery said to Eblio. Eblio agreed. One could make awful mistakes through ignorance, even among […]

10 memorable short stories

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

A few years ago I wrote about 10 memorable science fiction and fantasy stories. Now it’s time for another 10. In terms of collections of related short stories, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and City by Clifford D. Simak are both 5/5. “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury (in The Golden Apples of the Sun) […]