Story of the day: "The Hole in the Garden" by Gene Doucette. A bedtime story about a black hole that develops in a man's flower garden.

Catching up on some fiction reading on the train and just finished a really good story: "The Music of the Siphorophenes" by C.L. Polk.

I learned a new word from it as well! Ansible: a faster-than-light communication device

This morning's reading: "The Greatest Home Run in Baseball History" by P H Lee. Asking the important questions, like, what if people used time travel to cheat at baseball?

Just read and enjoyed this new short story, "Better Living Through Algorithms" by Naomi Kritzer. (There's an audio version too!)

Really enjoyed this story, "Zeta-Epsilon" by Isabel J. Kim. It's about a ship AI + human cyborg, and I particularly liked how the backstory of the AI's development draws from the sorts of issues that tend to occur with current, real-life forms of machine learning:

"The function was: get from here to there. How to get from here to there? Blow up the ship here and its component molecules will end up there. The function was: get from here to there, but do not destroy the ship. How can the ship pass through a minefield when the fuel will run out if the ship goes around? It’s possible: burst fuel in a single acceleration and let the ship drift for two decades. The function was: get from here to there, do not destroy the ship, and bring the crew back alive. How to bring the crew across solar systems and back with net-zero loss of life? Replace any dead crew with new crewmembers taken from the enemy during skirmishes."

Really enjoyed this short sci-fi story about Jesuits on the moon: "The Father Provincial of Mare Imbrium" by E. Lily Yu

Enjoyed this story, "In the Deep Woods; The Light Is Different There" by Seanan McGuire. I've been recommended her books but haven't read any of them yet, and this story makes me think I should really get on that. It's just full of excellent sentences, such as:

"She moved here for a haunting, and, even if the house refuses to be haunted, she fully intends to be."

Enjoyed this horror story in the form of a rejection letter from a SFF magazine: "Concerning Your Recent Submission to Beyond the Edge of Reason" by Alexandra Erin

(it's on patreon, but not paywalled)

Great short story, about a Groundhog-Day-ish curse: "missed connections - Central square today around 930" by Jess Cameron.