I read it when it first was published; it remains excellent. Heard it on the Clarkesworld podcast.
I heard Vestigial Girl by Alex Wilson on Escape Pod. Loved it. Gripping from beginning to end.
Patrick Scalisi writes “This delightful piece of flash fiction is almost too short to review without spoiling the fun. Suffice to say that Buckram’s piece is very amusing.”
Over at the F&SF Forum, there is some discussion about who is doing the overhearing. One reader calls the story “short and very funny.”. Another describes the results from reading the story: “He was laughing so hard I didn’t want to be in the same room…”
The first time I read “Walking Stick Fires” by Alan DeNiro, I didn’t love it. Somehow the second time around, on the Starship Sofa podcast, it worked better for me. Very strong voice and tons of fun. OK, ending doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but who cares?
A good source of plot inspiration is Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations (1921). For example:
D) A pseudo-madman struggling against an Iago-like alienist
D) Madness Brought on by Fear of Hereditary Insanity
17) Fatal imprudence
C3) Imprudence the Cause of a Lover’s Death
19) Slaying of a Kinsman Unrecognized
A1) Being Upon the Point of Slaying a Daughter Unknowingly, by Command of a Divinity or an Oracle
Hours of fun! He should have added 16E: “Madness Brought On By Attempting to Comprehend 16D”
I recently read “Let Maps to Others” by K.J. Parker which appeared in Subterranean in 2012.
Absolutely marvelous. I loved it even more than Parker’s similar 2010 story “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong,” which also touches on issues of academic rivalry and dishonesty.
“Let Maps to Others” reminded me of two books I’ve recently read and can recommend without reservation. First, non-fiction: Greenblatt’s recent The Swerve on the subject of manuscripts. Second, Galbraith’s 2001 The Rising Sun, a novel set in the real-life historical episode of the attempted Scottish settlement of Panama. Indeed, I can’t help but wonder whether Parker was influenced by Galbraith’s book.