“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”
John Green

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April 1, 2013
Past Tense
by James Beamon (his blog)
James Beamon said he wanted to write a story that challenged him, and I think he demolished it!!! This story is not only told in second person but is also written in future tense. Both of those aspects are such contributors to the story that without it, I don’t think we would have had the same story. “You” are the main character and your husband is one of those guys who is in love with his science, his work. The story is titled Past Tense, at least partly I think, because it starts twenty-two years in the future and then works backwards until the present moment. You can read Past Tense here.

April 2, 2013
Parallel Lines
by Russell James (his website)
Initially, I didn’t think the story had any science fiction to it because halfway through the story it was still all very ordinary. The story highlights an aged man who is going to see an elderly woman in the hospital. The woman isn’t well (why in the world does this sound like The Notebook? Bleh!) but he wants to see her because he loved her since junior high. Their paths had gone in different directions over the many years lived. Entering the actual sci-fi aspect of the story, the gentleman has a small video player which will help raise her spirits… The story was well-written and tugs at your heart. Mr. James forced me to care for the character in such a short span of time. You can read Parallel Lines here.

April 3, 2013
Rocket Dragons
by Larry Kincheloe
HAHA! The ending of this definitely ties into Daily Science Fiction and it kind of makes you think about what if that actually happened? If a sickness came, killed off people, and someone actually saved that? With that said, and because of that, I’m iffy on whether it destroyed the genuineness of the piece. Turning a fictional story into a somewhat non-fictional futuristic concept piece is kind of…odd. I was getting into the story, then backed up when I noticed the twist. I just think it was okay. You can read Rocket Dragons here.

April 4, 2013
The Sandman’s Dreams
by Jess Hyslop (her Twitter)
I didn’t get a satisfying sense of character in this story. The first half was basically narration (each scene feeling choppy to me), telling what dream that Susan, the main character, was given by the Sandman. There was nice description throughout, but it wasn’t until later when she confronted the Sandman where any sort of characterization surfaced. It would’ve been nice if I’d gotten the level of characterization in the first half as I did in the second half. You can read The Sandman’s Dreams here.

April 5, 2013
When the Trumpet Sounds
by Sean Melican
Very interesting piece. Imagine waiting in a line to board a shuttle that will take you somewhere new, somewhere better. The line is days long. You wait with your family. But before anyone is allowed on, they test everyone for any sort of sickness. They’ll refuse your child and you’d go on without them, or your entire family would be dismissed altogether…. Engaging concept, no? I think Mr. Melican wrote a piece that overlooks a “sci-fi” genre and focuses on the characters and their dealings. My kind of story! Now, I felt the dialogue and the main character’s “speeches” were too elongated at times, and I would’ve liked to know the main character’s name a lot sooner than nearly the end of the story, but what can I do? lol. You can read When the Trumpet Sounds here.

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