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5 Sep, 2020


Exploring Dark Short Fiction 5 A Primer to Han Song

A collection of horror and dark fantasy short stories written by Han Song, along with academic commentary, interview, biography, and illustrations. 

Recognize Fascism

Across many worlds and many timelines, these stories depict the moments when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored? Anti-fascist rebellion can take many forms. A transgender woman living on an artificial satellite learns to reject oppression via poetry. A machine ethicist finds a way to dance with her gods in a surveillance state. An unlikely golem hears a new call to action. A jailed musician rediscovers the music of rebellion. 

Will you recognize fascism and join the revolution? 

With stories by Sam J. Miller, Jaymee Goh, Brandon O’Brien, Octavia Cade, Jennifer Shelby, and many more… 

Locus September 2020

The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field 

Fugitive Telemetry

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn’t admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it’s one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I’ve ever read”) Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today. 

No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people — who knew?) 

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans! 


A new standalone adventure in the New York Times ‑bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award winning series