25 December 2012

Top 12 science fiction short stories of 2012

COSMOS Online
From suicidal robots to genetically engineered athletes on the run, these are the most popular stories from COSMOS Online's weekly science fiction.
Top 12 science fiction stories of 2012: artwork from Interweave

SYDNEY: From suicidal robots to genetically engineered athletes on the run, these are the most popular stories from COSMOS Online’s weekly science fiction.

INTERWEAVE
~ by Christopher K. Miller
We still have a long way to go in the total induction and management of cognitive emotional states. I see it as the ultimate art form.

HOUSEFLIES
~ by Joe Pitkin
The blue swallow’s heart weighs 400 mg or so. I think I can pull off the whole project with half of that, give or take.

THE MAN WHO BETRAYED TURING
~ by Craig DeLancey
“Where are the people?” The man in tweed turned away. “Gone,” he said, his voice nearly a whisper. “All gone.”

HEAD CASE
~ by Kate Orman
The human mind isn’t big enough for two. Especially when one of you is a ghost.

ANOTHER COUNTRY
~ by Margo Lanagan
It hurts, of course; it hurts like being blown apart cell from cell, then reassembled very quickly, very roughly.

800 ms
~ by David Taub
“How did a suicidal robot end up here?” It had taken over 20 years of painstaking preparation and research to plan his suicide. He had to learn everything there was to know about the science of sentience.

CANTERBURY HOLLOW
~ by Chris Lawson
The Deep Citizens had built chambers, but even before the seals were closed, it was apparent that there would not be enough room for everyone.

SEVEN DAYS TO TOPSIDE
~ by Christopher Vera
Seven more days on this last miserable tour and then retirement topside, back to the world of the living.

SELF CONTROL
~ by Sarah Matanah
It was just how the world worked: you get to time travel, but do you end up chatting with Cleopatra? No, you end up back at the same coffee shop where four years of deadlines slithered through your fingers.

NIKEI LOVE
~ by Marianne de Pierres
Word got around the Nikei Swim team that we were in for the cut. I’ve been looking over my shoulder ever since.

MINUTEMEN
~ by Milo James Fowler
Fletcher places his hand on my chest, and the silver implant vibrates beside my heart where Mr. Franklin installed it.

I LOVE YOU LIKE WATER
~ by Angela Slatter
If we live on this planet, we have to be willing to put something back into it. Sometimes that needs to be blood.

Read all of COSMOS Online’s fiction stories: cosmosmagazine.com/fiction

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