1: The Ray-Gun: A Love Story by James Alan Gardner: This is one of those SF stories were the science fictional elements are almost secondary. They serve as a MacGuffin, but don't really serve as part of the plot. In this case, a young boy finds a strange alien ray gun which the propel events. What those events entail revolve around the second half of the story. Some elements made me think that this would make a good Pixar movie if Pixar decided to make a movie entirely about adult relationships.
2: Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear: Another story where the SF is just a MacGuffin, this story involves a black biologist studying a Lovecraftian creature in Maine in the opening phases of WWII. This is not, however, a horror story, and the fantastical elements are played realistically. Hear again, though, they serve as a springboard for the author to talk about racism.
3: Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders by Mike Resnick: Resnick seems to be writing a lot of stories about getting old these days. This one is of the same sub-sub-genre as 26 monkeys, also, the abyss. It is about a couple of old friends and a mysteries magic store. Good, but contains no real surprises.
4: Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel: Seems like Jane Austin is fashionable in SF these days. In this case, this is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that takes place a number of years after the original. The bookish Mary Bennet meets a certain Swiss scientist named Victor Frankenstein. It is cleverly done, and I won't spoil it by going to much into the results.
5: The Gambler by Paolo Bacigalupi: I really hate putting this last as I did like it, it's just where it ended up when I picked the other ones out. This is the story of a Laotian reporter in a near future where reporters are even more slaves to eyeballs as today. Interesting, but it didn't fire me up.
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