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Medusa’s Revenge by Brian Trent

Medusa’s Revenge by Brian Trent

Published by: Daily Science Fiction on June 13, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

 

When Sergeant Percy and Detective Cassie receive a dire warning from the Sybil, they need to decide what to do. While they know Prisoner X is dangerous, there are many other worries plaguing the city. But any tip from the Sybil is worth investigating. So they set off for her island prison to investigate.

But even with the Sybil’s warning, will anyone be able to stop what’s to come?

A delightful short story that takes ancient mythology into the present day. The question of how the characters and creatures of mythology would interact with modern technology is an interesting one to consider. And in just a short amount of words, Brian Trent gives us a great answer to that question and an entertaining and thoughtful story.

Department of Truth by Jennifer Rose Jorgenson

Department of Truth by Jennifer Rose Jorgenson

Published by: Daily Science Fiction on June 7, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

 

In the year 2230, Emmett Wright works for the Department of Truths, a government agency focused on citing people for deception and ensuring historical accuracy. Which is why he’s troubled for having told his son what some would call a little white lie. But it’s the first lie Emmett’s ever told.

It’s no surprise, then, when Emmett realizes he’s being followed. Yes, it seems odd they would have found out about the lie so quickly. But at the same time, he knows that employees of the Department are held to a higher standard.

How he’s going to get out of this one is something that’s certainly beyond him…

This was a fun play on a situation I think most people can relate to with the added twist of Emmett’s requirement to always tell the truth. So many times–probably every day–we all have moments when we’re not completely truthful. Whether it’s to spare someone’s feelings, to keep private thoughts to ourselves, or to simply avoid making a big deal when one’s not needed: We all engage in small deceptions. But what would it be like if we couldn’t do that? If those small twists we make could get us into trouble? Would the world and our lives be different? And how could we find a way out when we stumble into that territory?

After the End by Damien Angelica Walters

After the End by Damien Angelica Walters

Published by: Daily Science Fiction on June 10, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

What would it be like to be a child in the aftermath of an epidemic that wipes out most of the population? For something so devastating to happen while you’re still in your formative years? It seems like it would be a tough way to learn about the ways of the world. And learning the hard lessons about humanity can make one grow up way too fast.

But one can’t change their circumstances. All we can ever do is try our best to live within them, make the most of what we have. And at some point, we all have to leave childhood behind…

This was an interesting and sobering first-person account of what it means to be a young girl in what followed after a deadly epidemic that wiped out most of the population. And it was not one of those stories of an epic journey and fight to survive. It was the reality of living without having access to everything you need. It showed that the struggle doesn’t always lend itself to glamorous action shots that can be filmed for the big screen. And that makes it an incredibly powerful short story.

Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt by J.Y. Yang

Title: Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt
Author: J.Y. Yang
Published: January 23, 2015
Pages: 3
Publisher: Daily Science Fiction
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Anja returns with the groceries to find her dead husband sitting by the white fence he’d built, pale hands uprooting grass blades and dispersing the shards into the wind through bony fingers. She doesn’t know what he was wearing when he died, but the long thin figure by the gate is clad in the matching grey windbreaker and track pants she’d given away weeks ago.

This somewhat dark taken on a Swedish merfolk legend (see my comment a few posts back about the prevalence of merpeople in science fiction and fantasy at the moment) explores what it means to love, to lose, and to find a way to cope and move on. Finding happiness sometimes seems an impossibility, but there’s a level of personal responsibility for finding happiness and being open to those places where we might find it.  An intriguing and well-written short form J.Y. Yang.

The Queen’s Aviary by Yoon Ha Lee

Title: The Queen’s Aviary
Author: Yoon Ha Lee
Published: January 30, 2015
Pages: 3
Publisher: Daily Science Fiction
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

The raven spoke in a voice like storms and stars falling. “The royal line has always kept birds by its side,” it said, “but a bird will be your death. Free us and walk unfettered by fear.”

When the princess became queen at fifteen upon the death of her mother, the ravens gave her her reign-prophecy.  And it was one that was unexpectedly ominous and impossible.  The birds had been a part of palace life for generations, and it was hardly her place to be rid of something that was so key to the identity of the royal family.  But as with all prophecies, one must be very clever to avoid them as often it is in attempting to outwit a prophecy that it finds itself fulfilled.

I’ve found myself appreciating some of the darker fantasy stories lately, so this one was just right on the day I read it.  Yoon Ha Lee is a relatively new author to me, but everything I’ve read so far has been enjoyable.  I’ve a feeling she is one to watch.