Saturday, June 6, 2009

Free fiction: 3 stories from Charles N Brown & Jonathan Strahan's anthology "The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction & Fantasy"

Read online at HarperCollins (no download):

  1. Gene Wolfe's "The Death of Dr Island": Not read.
  2. Ursula K Le Guin's "The Day Before the Revolution": Not read.
  3. Harlan Ellison's "Jeffty is Five": It appears in a lot of All Time Top 50 lists, though I cannot figure out why.

    From what I recall, it's the familiar grandmother's lament on how music was music when she was young & now it's noise, or how milk was "free" when she was young (because the family had buffaloes & lived in a village) against Rs 22 a liter today in city!

    Jeffty, a boy at the heart of the story, has the time magically stopped for him at age 5 while rest of the world moves on!
[via Free SF Reader]