This week’s best fiction, with links and reviews by FictionDaily‘s editors. (Photo by David Backer)

“The Nursery” by Harmony Neal

Published at: Curly Red Stories

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The author succeeds with this one precisely because of the level of risk she assumes in walking what could have been a disastrous tightrope. Initially you assume you’re going to be drubbed over the head with this nursery metaphor and the evils of the “system” or rigid academia or whatever flower-pruning regime is at work here, but by the end I’m not even sure it’s a metaphor. Anyway it’s forgiven, forgotten – I’m enjoying these plants too much.–Ryan Nelson

“No One Gets To Stay” by Catherine Parnell

Published at: Roger

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Like people, a lot of stories promise a lot but don’t keep their promises. If anything this story tries to do too much. It has a black and tan Yorkshire terrier named Master, for instance. But it doesn’t do too much. It does just it right. In the midst of my blogging, texting, email checking, and skimming, this story commanded–demanded–my attention. It was difficult, but I put everything down for ten minutes and read it. I feel saved. Therefore, this story deserves you and you deserve it. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THAT MAY STILL BE HOLY IN THIS DIGITIZED WORLD READ THIS STORY.David Backer

“Simulacrum” by Ken Liu

Published at: Lightspeed Magazine

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Evoking the elements essential to humanity by a design from the near future, Simulacrum is the finest science fiction I’ve read all year because it’s what science fiction is all about: Not escaping the core of the human condition, but taking a strange expedition into its heart. In this case, Simulacrum focuses on the personal human need to reflect and contain our experiences, and the painful collisions those fragile barriers cause with one another. It is an emotionally compelling reflection of our world of mirrors.–Matt Funk


 

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