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Recommended Short Fiction

(From "Distillations", Locus August 1997.)

Gregory Benford, "Galaxia" (SF Age 7/97) A wormhole chase through interstellar space told in poetic, scientifically rigorous language, with a catchy aphorism or two: "Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."

Michael Bishop, "Cyril Berganske" (Omni Online 5/97) A man suffering nosebleeds visits a psychotherapist to complain he is not taken seriously as a potential messiah. Another Bishop investigation into the sacred and the profane.

Tom Cool, "Universal Emulators" (F&SF 7/97) Clever complications on a ship at sea with emulators, who stand in for people too busy to be everywhere at once.

Greg Egan, "Yeyuka" (Meanjin, 1997) Disease has been conquered--at least for nations and individuals that can afford the HealthGuard monitors. Less abstract and ambitious than Egan's usual but still sharp and inventive.

Nancy Etchemendy, "Saints and Martyrs" (F&SF 7/97) A woman takes in a stray cat after her husband dies of overindulgence. Quiet and homey.

Mary Kittredge, "Her House in Order" (F&SF 7/97) Another quiet fantasy about a haunted house in New England -- but not haunted the way the residents think.

Paul J. McAuley, "All Tomorrow's Parties" (Interzone 5/97) A prequel to McAuley's next novel, Child of the River: a grand party set on a recreated Earth five million years in the future sets the stage for a battle for the direction of human evolution.

Lisa Tuttle, "Soul Song" (Interzone 5/97) A BBC researcher sets out to discover the truth behind a famous composer who disappeared in 1940 and the lover who may have completed his final work.

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