by Tobias S. Buckell
1 hour, 18 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction and Horror Stories
Four science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories.
The Fish Merchant: (science fiction) Li Hao-Chang struggles to stay one step ahead of starvation or stabbing, selling fish on the brutal docks of Macau. He’s too busy to read the headlines in the newspapers that wrap his wares–rumors of non-random signals from deep space. When a gangster named Pepper is gunned down in front of Li’s stand, the fish seller finds a computer disk stolen from the Chinese government. Maybe, just maybe, the biggest news in history is enough to make Li’s dearest dream a reality: escape to safety in America. First published in Science Fiction Age, 2000. Read by Jonathon “Sullydog” Sullivan.
“The story is interesting for its non-western setting, and its realization that many people in the world would have no care for news about aliens…” — Locus
A Green Thumb: (fantasy/science fiction)
It’s a very different USA, where necessity has provoked a very profound change in technology. And yet many things are still the same. Being a teenager is always tough, and there are many choices ahead. One of which is “how and where do you grow your very first car?” First published in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, 2002. Read by Alex Wilson.
“Amusing and heart-warming at the same time, and read with feeling and emotion by Wilson.” –Locus
All Her Children Fought: (science fiction) When you fire something into space the cost of that launch is per pound. When you go to war with someone in space, you need to keep the cost down. So you use the smallest available pilot you can. A child. Originally published in Speculon, 2001. Read by Mary Robinette Kowal of the Willamette Radio Workshop.
Trinkets: (horror) New England, early 1800s: At the harbor near his jewelry shop, George Petros receives a package from the Haitian merchant ship Toussaint–a sinister link that follows him from a brief stay on the Caribbean island of dark magic. Originally published in The Book of All Flesh, 2001. A Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Honorable Mention. Read by the author.
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