This is a section for stories that weren't just amazing, or enjoyable (though there are plenty of those out there to sink your teeth into).
These are stories that changed me in some small or profound way. If you take a chance on reading some, I hope they help you feel the same.
Betty Rocksteady's Elephants that Aren't
'Something sticky writhed across the screen. An elephant. No. Not quite an elephant. Emaciated, with legs too long and wriggling. It lurched across the screen, rubbery trunk pulsing, quivering.'
Lindsay struggles to draw, something she once loved, that gave her life meaning. Haunted by her mother's talent. Until her memories of the elephants surface. The grotesque elephants ...
Kristi Demeester's Stag
'It was possible my father might come home, might open the door on his daughter caught up in the fire of salvation, of temptation, but he had never taken me hunting, never let me see the bared, warm heart of an animal, and so this was his fault. He had led me to an altar and forced me to kneel.'
Carol-Ann was supposed to be "saved" as a child. But with a clear eye for hypocrisy, she has found her own God.
Tom Sweterlitsch's The Gone World
'Already the future receded from her, like images half retrieved from dreams or like her memories were waves breaking against the shores of the real, washing away.'
Simon Stalenhag's The Electric State
'Lighthouse keepers were once warned they shouldn't listen to the sea for too long; likewise, you could hear voices in the static and lose your mind.'
An infinity of possible futures to scour for clues, existing only when observed, and distorting around the lens of perception. Shannon must probe these possible outcomes to solve a murder. But at the end of them the Terminus, the mysterious and baffling end of all humanity, is drawing nearer.
At first it seemed just another entertainment. Then it spread. Now a young girl and her robot traverse what seems like the crumbling, commercial end of civilisation. Heading for ground zero of a new type of posthuman.
Moonbase Theta Out
Short but incredibly poignant narrative of the staged and increasingly stressful shut down of a lunar research and mining operation. I am all on board for Project Growbear.
The White Vault
Sent to a remote arctic outpost and pinned down by a blizzard, a repair team struggles with isolation and an unfolding and terrifying mystery under the ice.
Alice Isn't Dead
In a meditation on America and humanity, a truckdriver roams the country looking for the vanished wife she thought was dead.
Within the Wires
Season 1 specifically floated my boat. A dystopian world told through the unlikely medium of relaxation tapes.
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