Tor.com is honored to reprint “The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick,” a short story by Charlie Jane Anders available now in the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” June 2014 issue of Lightspeed Magazine!“The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick” explores the bonds and boundaries between friends in a future where one's most intimate memories can downloaded and shared.Guest-ediTor.com is honored to reprint “The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick,” a short story by Charlie Jane Anders available now in the special “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” June 2014 issue of Lightspeed Magazine!“The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick” explores the bonds and boundaries between friends in a future where one's most intimate memories can downloaded and shared.Guest-edited by longtime Lightspeed assistant editor Christie Yant, the “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue is over 180,000 words and features original short stories by Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Vaughn, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El-Mohtar, and many others. You can purchase the issue in a variety of ebook formats directly though Lightspeed or your preferred ebook retailer, as well as in print through Amazon or CreateSpace....
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the unfathomable sisterhood of ick Reviews
This is the kind of story we are missing with male-dominated science fiction. It is the story of best girlfriends and how technology can affect relationships. I'm not saying a man couldn't write this (or maybe I am), but male-dominated sci-fi seems to resist this type of story. And yet it's a wonderful story, filled with emotion and banter, and backed by fascinating science and speculation. It was clear to me after reading it what a gaping hole there has been in sci-fi historically.Read as part of Lightspeed June 2014.
Science Fiction works quite well for short stories in general, as you can spin a tale around an interesting "what if..." and see where it leads you. In this case it leads to an exploration of the humand mind, love, friendship and trust. Nicely executed with an interesting contra-cliché twist. I tend to think of short stories as snacks between meals (i.e. novels) and in the world of snacks this was a tasty sweet smart cookie.P.S.: Be smarter than me and don't let the cover confuse you. I only briefly glimpsed over it and did not realise that it was the cover of the magazine the story originally appeared in and the image had in fact nothing to do with the story. I was slightly confused for a page or two, before I finally discovered my error in judgement. ;)
From Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction" issue, Charlie Jane Anders shows how it's done. This is, at one and the same time, "women's fiction" (all about relationships, romantic and otherwise) and nearish-future SF (full of neurological meddling). This is a non-arbitrary pairing, and what she does with the two things together is something that couldn't be done with either of them separately.
The story was a bit slow to start as the world and character building was developing, but the new tech (memory transfer) and its impact on a friendship after one friend violated the trust of another made for a very interesting story. Good sci fi. From: tor.com