A terrific privilege of buying a support membership for Worldcon, and thus voting rights for the Hugos, is the ton of goodies included in the Hugo voters' packet - even this year's one, which is of course stuffed with unreadable Puppy rubbish. The "graphic story" examples in particular were a joy to read - juicy slabs of the new Ms Marvel, Rat Queens (a D&D-like series full of blood and brio), and the, erm, remarkable Sex Criminals, which I think will get my #1 vote for sheer originality.
This morning I read Kary English's short story Totaled
, a Puppy pick, but IMHO one of the few stories they slated which has any business being on the ballot. (Like the other authors placed on the slate, English was not asked, and recently gave head Rabid Puppy honcho Vox Day the finger
Anyway, being about creepy brain stuff, Totaled
is right up my alley. (Basically, I've never recovered from reading Greg Egan's The Jewel
.) I enjoyed it, the use of neuroscience was simple but clever, it was Twilight Zone nightmare poignant. Now I'm hopping from foot to foot trying to decide whether I should give it a vote in the Short Story category, and if so, whether I should put it above or below No Award.
Because it is good, but - and it shares this with pretty much every other SF short story I'm encountering in contemporary magazines and anthologies - it needed one more draft, or the input of a wise editor. It's far from being a dog's breakfast, like Flow
was. It's just that there are dropped stitches here and there. An example: ( SPOILERSCollapse )
Totaled is available to read for free
online. If you have a read, feel free to leave me a comment - it'd be interesting to compare notes.