EXCERPT: The creature she’d had them make cost her the last piece of forest outside Siena. The one with the little medieval chapel in it, the tall umbrella pines shading a forest floor no tourist had ever walked upon. It cost her the two rocky islands just south of Elba, and the lead mines at Piombino, which she had never cared about, and the villa on Lake Garda, which she had, because, so small and intimate, it had been one of her father’s favorites.
EXCERPT: The creatures come out at night, while we’re asleep. My husband says they are harmless. “Probably mice,” he says. “They’re not harmless,” I tell him. “They are very much not harmless,” I say. “They’re gathering information on us. They’re looking through our things, examining our lives, deciding if we are good or if we are not.” “That’s ridiculous,” my husband says. “They’re singling us out. Deciding which ones to take away.”
This month, LaShawn M. Wanak reviews a pair of novellas by Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition and The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol. She also takes a look at the re-release of Tade Thompson’s novel Rosewater and new collection of short fiction by Nick Mamatas: The People’s Republic of Everything.