“Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
Barbara Kingsolver

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sunglasses_a_1April 29, 2013
Shades of the Father
by M. Adrian Sellers
I liked this story! Aubrey’s father passed away, but in his dad’s will, the only thing left to him was his pair of shades. And Aubrey didn’t understand why, until one day he put them on. Now, although the story does present a few questions (like: what father would actually leave his son only a pair of shades?) it didn’t ruin the story. It reminded me of a small video short a lady named Shalini Kantayya had done on a reality TV show called On the Lot (not very popular; lasted one season, haha). This is Mr. Sellers’ first sale, so a huge congratulations goes out to him for that! You can read Shades of the Father by clicking here.

April 30, 2013
It’s Good to See You
by Douglas Rudoff
This story was definitively character-driven. The conflict here was an internal one, which I give two thumbs up to! The backdrop is 3,000 people take a voyage to join a new Earth. However, the space journey being so long, they would only allow 100 people alive at any given time. And each person has 100 days of being alive, then they are dead for eight years, and brought back to life for another 100 days to heal. And repeated. It’s not as weird as it sounds, nor is it disturbing. The main character is a man named Brad who has given up on many things throughout his life and eventually gave up on Earth. Then he finds out that his ex-wife is also on this voyage. I would have liked to actually see their past play out in scenes as opposed to summary, but it’s still a good story. You can read It’s Good to See You by clicking here.

May 1, 2013
Persephone at Arm’s Length
by Bridget A. Natale
I can’t say I’m a fan of this one. The writing was good, but I’m not entirely sure what I’m supposed to come away with after getting to the end of this story. I can’t even properly say what it was about. I know I don’t condone the adulterous actions of the characters, but I didn’t really see the theme to this story. If you would like to read Persephone at Arm’s Length, click here.

May 2, 2013
Lyam
by Jez Patterson
Amusing little story about a couple, Geoff and Moira, adopting an alien baby. The inadequacy that Moira felt actually hit home with something I was feeling very recently. My situation had nothing to do with a child, but the principle is still the same. It was nice to see Geoff’s responses to Moira’s doubts; it’s nice to have someone like that in your life. I thought Mr. Patterson did a good job with their relationship, as I thought it was a good dynamic. That said, Geoff did feel a bit “perfect” but it’s still a nice story. You can read Lyam here.

bookcaseMay 3, 2013
Things We Leave Behind
by Alex Shvartsman (his website)
This is a great story, with a very slight speculative bit. But it is autobiographical in a lot of ways, and you can get that by how rich the characters were and their situation. I am so glad Daily Science Fiction published this story even though the science fiction aspect is just hardly there. It’s about a family in the Soviet Union who wants to move to America, but the father has a bookshelf full of books that he claims keeps their neighborhood safe, and he is hesitant to uproot. The relationship between father and son is done so well. This story is definitely recommended. Kudos to Mr. Shvartsman! You can read Things We Leave Behind here.

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