StarShipSofa and the BSFA have teamed up to bring you the five short stories that are up for Best Short Story 2007. Each day this week StarShipSofa will release one of the short stories. Last one goes up Friday.
These are the stories that have been shortlisted for the 2007 Award:
- ‘Lighting Out’ – Ken MacLeod (disLocations)
- ‘Terminal’ – Chaz Brenchley (disLocations)
- ‘The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate’ – Ted Chiang (F&SF, September)
- ‘The Gift of Joy’ – Ian Whates (TQR)
- ‘The Sledge-Maker’s Daughter’ – Alastair Reynolds (Interzone #209)
So, join the StarShipSofa everyday this week, subscribe for free via iTunes or direct from the StarShipSofa website and collect all five short stories that are up for the award. Then… why not join Tony the week after and see if you and he can pick the winner.
FIRST off is Chaz Brenchley narrating his own story Terminal
unspeakable journeys, into and out of the light
He stood on the Tower of Souls, and watched her fly.
Say it another way, he stood on the high-stacked bodies of his Upshot kind, but that was nothing: filing. Bureaucracy. Paranoia.
It was the locals, the natives, the dirigibles – she called them dirigistes, but that was ironic – who had built and named this height, who gave a value to these discards. Black discs, each one identical, each one uniquely coded: each one the residue of a human passing through. A carbon footprint, she liked to say.
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Posted by Tony C. Smith