Review of “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa and “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

To conclude, I’le tell you news that’s right, Christmas was kil’d at Naseby fight: / Charity was slain at that same time, Jack Tell troth too, a friend of mine, / Likewise then did die, rost beef and shred pie, / Pig, Goose and Capon no quarter found. / Yet let’s be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn’d upside down.

– 8 April 1646


Low pulse lasers

wireless skulljacks

Hermes-class corvettes

Nanites

superannuated-model humans

integrated posthumanity

functional symbiosis

command matrix

the Bio-Prophet

counter-missile pods

hypervelocity penetrators

countermeasure frequencies

Benedict.


Lost all of its mass

our fault

deep, staggering hurt

slicing my wrists

Facebook status

pillars of lava

fed up

hoping-praying-begging

seriously fucked up

whirling vortex

turned away in shame

repelled everything

And the goldfish? He deserved something better.


“Turncoat” and “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” are shortlisted for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and Novelette. See more reviews here.

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