"The ship stood inside itself and looked out through blue fabricated eyes." It's one of my favorite short-story openings in ages. Damon Shaw's "A Little Thing" is just one of two new stories up at Canada's science fiction magazine, AE.
We've reported on AE's struggle to get off the ground in the past, but now it's finally up and running, with new fiction going up every Monday. And the first two stories are pretty great — Damon Shaw's story is a flash fiction piece, so we can't reproduce too much of it here or give too much away, but here's the first paragraph:
The ship stood inside itself and looked out through blue fabricated eyes. From beneath rain-wet trees, it watched the last villagers toiling up the hill towards Alice's cottage. Sensors in the old woman's bed (pulse fifty-two bpm and falling), told the ship it was time.
And the other story, Matt Moore's "Touch The Sky, They Say," is kind of demented and awesome. At first, it reminded me of the story about an endless staircase that we linked to a while ago, but then it turns out to be something quite different and yet equally odd, as you start to realize when you get to the bit about the sky "cutting through" the towers. Here's how that one begins: