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“Rapture” by Alex Wu

Well, this story certainly takes us on a ride. It starts like a standard political action tale, but gets more and more science-fictiony as the plot progresses. It’s a novel-length rewrite of the old Damon Knight short story (and Twilight Zone episode) “To Serve Man,” the punch line of which, as everyone knows, is “It’s…

“Aftan Whispers” by Phil Williams

“Aftan Whispers” takes place in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic society, where Tyler, a tradesman with a Pollyanna approach to human nature teams up with a Deni, cynical, self-destructive former slave to save…well…something: themselves, the world, who knows? Thus the success of the story revolves around the two characters, and the conflict is based on their different…

“The Flats” by Kate Birdsall

Despite the title, “The Flats” is not a story about a place. It’s a story about a person. Namely Detective Sergeant Liz Boyle, a wonderfully crafted, multi-dimensional character who develops and grows as the tale progresses. The plot starts off with a gut-wrenching murder – that of a 5-year-old – and revolves around Boyle’s inability…