Week 1, Story 32 – @wightandwrong & @ka_bradley

Oof. This one is HORRIBLE. There’s no blood and no violence, but the concept alone (thank you @ka_bradley) was enough to make me uneasy. @Wightandwrong certainly didn’t shy away from its implications either: this story, presented entirely as dialogue, has...

Week 1, Story 31 – @glempy & @seanfsmith

#SFSwap story 31, by @Glempy, is one of RULES STALIN’S favourites. The pacing and scope is perfect for the length, the writing is tight, and the natural humour of @seanfsmith’s prompt is deployed with sufficient timing to have made me bark out an actual...

Week 1, Story 30 – @seanfsmith & anonymous

This one really reminds me of stories I read as a kid, where stories about children discovering unexpected consequences to futuristic consumer technology seemed to be a staple. @Seanfsmith has clearly thought through the tech on display here very thoroughly, and has...

Week 1, Story 21 – @ka_bradley & @howliet

With some touches of intrasolar social friction that reminded me of James S. A. Corey, a richly villainous narrative voice, and a moth skin suit, here’s a splendid story by @ka_bradley that turns @howliet’s gadgetry prompt into a playful – and...

Week 1, Story 20 – @james__clayton & @_TK_O

This story, written by @james__clayton on a prompt from @_TK_O, does exactly what it says on the tin. And despite being one of the most straightforward, easily readable, and lighthearted stories in the collection, it manages a concise and clever piece of satire to...