Table of contents.Neither story is particularly remarkable. Link on author fetches more fiction by author.
- [ss] Robert Reed's "The Cull" (B); download text/audio; horror: A future uninhabitable earth with tiny closed "stations" spread thinly around; these stations are the only human habitats existing. The unnamed slum-like habitat in the story has happiness as its chief goal; an android "doctor" monitoring the brains of all people via implants & tweaking their brain chemicals to make people "happy"!
14-year Orlando is too energetic & non-conformist. And this society has no place for those who don't conform; he must be culled.
- [ss] Stephen Gaskell's "Paper Cradle" (B); download text/audio: An antiwar protester sabotages a space weapon's test in a suicide mission, temporarily delaying the weapon making effort.