May Highlighted Stories: Natural History on Alternate Earths
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 5:12 pm
One of the main things that sets science fiction apart from other genres is the question “what if”? SF usually looks to the future: what if a new technology develops? what if scientists discover a cure for cancer? what if we meet extraterrestrials? what if we colonize another? But it can also look to the past.
This month’s highlighted free fiction are set in the past right here on Earth, or at least an Earth, where the biology is just a bit different than we find on ours.
- “The Natural History & Extinction of the People of the Sea” by Vonda McIntyre and Illustrated by Ursula Le Guin.
- “A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MS -or- A Lullaby” by Helen Keeble
- “Scientific Romance” by Kevin J. Anderson
- “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear
- “The Adventure of the Lost World” by Dominic Green
- “The Dragons of Summer Gulch” by Richard Reed
Image: “Mermaid and fishes of Amboyna – After Valentyn” from Sea Monsters Unmasked by Henry Lee (1883)