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Previously Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection

Reading and writing about “Survival” in the fourth volume of this series naturally brought to mind the other story featuring human-ape relations.

I liked “Her Furry Face” by Leigh Kennedy in the first volume a whole lot less than “Survival”, but not for being badly written. Rather it is an unsettling portrait of the misogyny and victim-blaming logic with which the male protagonist resents the women in his life.

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Oops

First day without any deadline looming over my head in several months (okay, one) and of course I start it off by crying because I feel lonely.

Okay, okay, I started it off with a walk around the neighbourhood and breakfast, but then. Talked things over with one of my partners and feeling better about things for now. But since no actual circumstance is changed or readily able to be changed. So, still lonely.

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I promised myself a reward

It's late and I'm tired but I'm experimenting with following through on my desire to journal more so here we are. Again and again and again, right?

I got my last assignment in a little bit ago. It's late but it's done and I hope the latter counts for more than the former. I know I wouldn't mark myself favourably for it but maybe the school will be more lenient. I wouldn't have let me get this far in school, so maybe they will let me get away with it again.

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Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

23. “Surviving” by Judith Moffett

Queer, somewhat erotic tale. The major caveat for this story would be that it revolves around two white women, one of whom was raised by chimpanzees between the ages of 4 and 13, and the other who devoted her professional career to studying the first woman.

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Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

22. “Jeff Beck” by Lewis Shiner

Strange little story in the ‘be careful what you wish for’ vein when - I’m not sure - but gaining the ability to play guitar like a master doesn’t make for effortless fun, because your standards and aspirations are raised correspondingly higher. Also, blowing your savings on a guitar is bad for your relationship.

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Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

21. “Sallie C.” by Neal Barrett Jr.

Not science fiction. In an isolated desert hotel the paths of the Wright Brothers, the Rommels, Billy the Kid, someone named Pat Garrett and a Native American stereotype briefly intersect.

Felt like the main appeal was in recognition and revelation, but perhaps someone with a particular interest in those figures might have drawn more from this story.

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Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

20. “Video Star” by Walter Jon Williams

Another cyberpunk heist story. I don’t find these interesting, despite that they possibly (worryingly) represent well where the world is heading. Although, I am the teensiest bit of a sucker for “one last job and then I’m out and clean” types, probably because they invite tragedy and I spend the story wishing for a better outcome.

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Currently Reading - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection

18. “And So To Bed” by Harry Turtledove

What if Native Americans didn’t exist, but the Americas were populated by enduring megafauna and some other hominids (possibly australopithecus? [ed: homo erectus]), which white people enslaved? And what if Samuel Pepys were inspired by his interactions with them to propose a theory of common descent in 1661?

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A thing which happens more than once is I find out at the last moment about major household stuff like impending modifications to the building or expected guests who must be prepared for, or some other such thing.

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