Search Results for: thoughtcrime experiments

A True Thoughtcrime Experiment

Therese Arkenberg’s “Goldenseed” is the story in the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology that best fits the project’s name. Xan, a recognizable, though altered, Johnny Appleseed, wanders the countryside engaged in a political experiment: “Mostly because they’re beautiful. But also for the … Continue reading

Awesome Dinosaurs

People who know me personally will understand why I find this so awesome. It’s called “Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs,” and it’s by Leonard Richardson, published in Strange Horizons. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve read in recent … Continue reading

Second Person, Second Post

Roderic Crooks’ “Fuckbuddy,” a finalist for the Million Writers Award published in Eyeshot, was on my own short list when I read nominees. The basic story is of the main character’s regret at how he treated an old lover, and … Continue reading

Not Fan Fiction

Ken Liu’s “Single-Bit Error,” published in the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology, is related to Ted Chiang’s “Hell is the Absence of God.” (I discuss this relationship more extensively in yesterday’s post). Both stories are explorations of faith and atheism, using the … Continue reading

Science Fiction v. Fantasy

This is the first of several posts about Ken Liu’s “Single-Bit Error,” published in the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology. The story provides fertile ground for a variety of discussions–on its central questions about faith and rationality, on the nature of science … Continue reading

Up to the Level

(THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS) Sherry D. Ramsey’s “The Ambassador’s Staff” appears in the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology. If you’re worried about spoilers, go read the story and then come back. COMMENCE SPOILERS… Ramsey’s story is a mystery constructed around the death … Continue reading

A Sweet Golem

“Daisy,” by Andrew Willett, seems to have been the inspiration for the entire Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology (according to the intro note the editors gave it), and it seems fitting that a classic golem story would inspire the editors to build … Continue reading

Million Writers Finalists Posted

Jason Sanford posted the finalists for the Million Writers Award yesterday, along with some honorable mentions. None of my picks made the finalist list, but two of mine were on the honorable mentions list (“Retardo” by Rachel Maizes and “Flyaway … Continue reading

Quantum Computers and Hard SF

William Highsmith’s “Qubit Slip” is the hardest story in the Thoughtcrime Experiments anthology, according to the editors, and I buy that. It’s hard enough to satisfy my own pretty stringent definition of hard SF (without the science, there is no … Continue reading

Not Your Old-Fashioned Mrs. Claus

Betty Claus from Alex Wilson’s “The Last Christmas of Mrs. Claus” in Thoughtcrime Experiments is no round-cheeked old woman: It was six o’clock. Santa had said he needed to leave at eight. So Betty had made Christmas Eve dinner while … Continue reading