Prospect is the unusual coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
The world is a desolate, unforgiving place in this action sci-fi with a surprising amount of heart. We follow NO-A (Noah), as he attempts to rescue Aixa, the young woman that created him. ... See full summary »
Two men are stranded at the bottom of a well. One, with a serious injury to his head, thinks his has fallen in is own back garden in present-day Britain. But the other tells him they are really prisoners in a medieval dungeon. Who is right, and where are they really?
Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder if being single is not so bad after all.
Michael B. Woods
Meet a new addition to the list of cute, humanised robots in the vein of Johnny 5 and Wall-E. You know how it works: it's those eyes that instantly force your empathy, with their expression of sadness and loneliness and childish innocence despite being mechanical.
This short story is perfectly told, first introducing our gentle hero, with its silent and emotionless companion truck that looks like an old cartoon guard dog. Then the encounter, the "friendship", the conflict, the chase... In its futuristic setting, Wire Cutters seems, at times, to be paying tribute to the oldies, to the Tom & Jerry and other classics of the 1940s.
It is indeed very amusing, but what really got me is that it's also quite a tragic story, and so I found myself laughing and saddened at the same time. Yes, simultaneously. And about machines. I call that a very, very good job.
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