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AE Reads Skiffily
Science fiction stories with added sound effects
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AE is a literature enthusiast with a heart of gold and a love of science fiction. He originally comes from Fresno, California, ...

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April 07, 2017 12:48 PM PDT

In Episode 5, AE and Mona read "Beneath Impossible Circumstances" by Andrea Kneeland, first published in the April 2012 issue of Strange Horizons. In this story, a lesbian cyborg tries to deal with her wife's desires for a "natural" baby.

You can read along here http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/beneath-impossible-circumstances/

March 07, 2017 08:39 PM PST

In Episode 4, AE reads "The Venus Effect " by Joseph Allen Hill, first published in the December 2016 issue of Lightspeed Magazine. Joining him for the first time is a woman (that is, for the podcast. AE has seen plenty of women) to provide female voices for the female characters. "The Venus Effect" is a fun piece of metafiction. In it, the narrator struggles to get out a coherent story before the protagonist is killed.

March 06, 2017 07:38 PM PST

In Episode 3, AE Reads the entirety of "The Lord of Discarded Things" by Lavie Tidhar, first published in the October 2012 issue of Strange Horizons, and then incorporated into a larger collection of stories that take place in the same setting. Generally, a location in Israel called "Central Station" takes prominence. As with other Central Station stories, this one features a slice-of-life form wherein nothing major happens, but the reader learns something about the people and their relationship to the world around them.

March 06, 2017 07:20 PM PST

From the August 2016 issue of Lightspeed Magazine, Nico (the narrator) is trying to save up to become a freelance accountant, but must battle with his love of food trucks. He discovers that Alberto, an acquaintance from a cooking class he took as a child, is a vendor of a popular food truck near his work. Alberto has invited Nico to the exclusive food truck circus.

March 06, 2017 07:18 PM PST

For our first episode of AE Reads Skiffily, AE shares an except from Dale Bailey's "Teenagers from Outer Space,"which first appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine this last August. The excerpt depicts Nancy Miller's (the narrator) visit to Bug Town, an alien enclave that popped up in Milledgeville, Ohio in the early 1950s. Nancy's best friend Joan Hayden has run away to Bug Town to escape her overbearing father. Joan's ex-boyfriend Johnny Fabriano wants to take Joan from Tham (the alien's name is actually Sam, but the aliens have a lisp and Nancy is quite the irreverent narrator) for stealing his girlfriend and ruining the top of his Mercedes Coupé. I chose this story and this excerpt because Bug Town sounds so evocative. The alien ghetto sounds both enticing and dangerous, like a dangerous narcotic or really good cheese dip.

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