Short fiction

The short story “Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar was published for the first time in 2016.

Anyone willing to go to Mars as a colonist has the opportunity to make the one-way trip but on jalopies, one-person spacecraft, not exactly safe. A swarm of jalopies is traveling to the red planet with all the risks involved, but people like Haziq have left everything, including his family, to go and live on Mars. To spend the time, travelers listen to music like Mei or talk to each other over the radio to break up their loneliness, sometimes even communicating with people like Eliza, a nurse working in the Earth’s orbit.

The short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse was published for the first time in 2017. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Apex Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards as the best short story of the year.

Jesse Turnblatt is a particular tourist guide as he offers his agency’s customers virtual tours that provide Native American experiences. A serious problem is that tourists expect what they see in movies and are disappointed if Jesse offers something different, even if more authentic. When you have a wife, a loan to pay and a boss who controls you, you just have to give your customers what they want. One day a customer shows genuine interest but the situation becomes complicated in unexpected ways.

The short story “A Day to Remember” (“Un giorno da ricordare”) by Clelia Farris was published for the first time in 2017 by Strange Horizons in the translation by Rachel Cordasco.

Olì is a memory artist: she doesn’t just eliminate ugly memories cutting them out to leave the good ones but she modifies them to improve them. After the Great Frost there are many people who feel the need to forget something or at least to have pleasant memories and as payment they give Olì food or other items useful to her or to barter.

Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction

The short story “Creative Surgery” (“Chirurgia creativa”) by Clelia Farris was published for the first time in 2015. It was translated into English by Jennifer Delare.

Kieser follows a job announcement by Vi, who practices Creative Surgery, and manages to become her assistant. Vi’s face is marked by the lack of sleep and other imperfections but that’s nothing compared to the results of some of her works because the repulsive is the new charming.

The short story “The Ethical Treatment of Meat” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2003.

Raymond and George think that adopting a fleshie could be a good idea for their family. It’s not an easy choice as they’re the first to do it in their neighborhood. However, that growing trend also leads to some social problems because the most radical people think that eating fleshies’ brains when they grew up isn’t right.