Week 1, Story 61 by @dmv501 and @gmehn

Rounding off the main phase of the “first week” of SFSwap @dmv501 brings us a gritty tale of futuristic gang warfare. Even though it’s only a short story there’s some top notch world building to be had here.

Week 1, Story 58 by @piratemoggy and @JimTheSG

This story is about jobs. It is also about the ever increasing likelihood that they will be taken over by computers and/or robots. It is a dark echo of a potential future. It also includes on of my favourite sentences to grace SFSwap thus far: Describing human endeavour as “the sheer fucking persistence of a species of hairless fucking disasters.” That sentence is a real keeper.

Week 1, Story 57 by @hobofood and @piratemoggy

Wow. I mean, just… wow. I’m finding it a bit hard to process how much I love this story. It’s an amazing spin on the classic “Grrr, grimdark communist dystopia.” We so often equate art with freedom and purity and a way to fight against oppression. But here? It’s become a tool of that very same oppression. A means by which the state keep people down and a populace in line. @hobofood could have written something happy, upbeat and utopian. But it appears that their response to that particular thought was “Ahahahahahahaha! NOPE!”

Week 1, Story 56 by @danbeames and @baboonicorn

This is a fairly short story, that is told as a back and forth. But for all its brevity, it doesn’t half hit hard. After I finished reading it I sat quietly mouthing “Daaaaaaaamn” to myself. Dark, sinister and mysterious themes: these are a few of my favourite things.