That’s right, it’s gonna be hot today. Cool off with these fine short stories:

“Kaonashi” by Eliza W. Chan, where a guy’s attempt at a perfect life goes awry, creepily. Extra points if you recognize the title from somewhere else!

“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard: Cultural assimilation digitized. It made me upset for one of the characters, but it ended on a hopeful note.

“The Man who Forgot Ray Bradbury” by Neil Gaiman. It’s by Neil Gaiman. Why haven’t you read it already?

“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick. A man comes to grips with his son’s life.

“If at First” by Peter F. Hamilton: A police procedural that turns into something else halfway through.

BONUS EXTRA STORY! “Sequence” by Michael Haynes: A story where the SF sneaks up on you. And, Dan, it’s only 1000 words so you can’t give me a TL;DR on it…

Or, if you are more ambitious, here’s the list of books and authors mentioned in Among Others. Of course, read Among Others first. It won the Nebula, after all!

If you wonder about the briskness of my takes on each story, it’s because they’re from my tweets. I’m taking part in #storyeachnight, a self-explanatory hashtag if ever there was one. It’s fun, and it’s getting me to read more than the mammoths that I’ve plowed through lately. I have a great idea, why don’t you, fair reader, do likewise? It’s fast, it’s fun, and it gets you into a different headspace (WordPress doesn’t like the word headspace. It wants me two swap in meatspace instead. Heh.) every night. Here’s mine: @bojnberry


ED: WHAT? I didn’t hit submit, and this has sat in my drafts folder for the past five days? #facepalm. At least I’ve now read “Kaonishi” and “Immersion”, so I had something to say about them. And it was hot, see?




?otd: What did you think of the Kevin Smith segments at the NHL awards?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Turning a short story I wrote a couple of weeks ago into an outline for something longer)
Body movement: 40 min swim, plus yard work
Hours slept: 8.5 (fitful, including 2 hours awake in the middle of the night)
Weight: 109.2
Currently reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Currently listening: Deadline by Mira Grant