Despite being written in 1954, Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" is shockingly relevant to today's world. A space noir, it's a claustrophobic look at a spacecraft with some doomed extra (and very human) baggage.
James, of Ben Francisco's "Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts", plans on spending an idyllic summer in the Castro, only to run into complications, both romantic and otherworldly. An interesting take on the supernatural, plus we interview the author!
In scifi, the robot-human relationship is often a relationship that must be watched keenly, as machines with self-awareness cannot be trusted. Elizabeth Bear's beautiful story, "Tideline", doesn't deal with master-slave relationships. Rather, its themes echo a Shel Silverstein children's classic.
Robert J. Sawyer's "Above it All" is a horror story that takes place on the Mir spaceship. What makes Sawyer's choice of venue odd is the year the story was written, 1996. What's so significant about this year?
For this installment of Weekend Short Story Club, we'll be looking at Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question." Short stories are an oft-forgotten part of literature, and "The Last Question" showcases every reason why they should stay relevant.
The main problem with a book club, of course, is getting the book. Even in this iPad/Kindle era, it still costs money to get the darn thing. But with Weekend Short Story Club, we're taking the free culture route.