Midnight Skull Sessions – Episode 10

The nightmare train continues apace as a new Midnight Skull Sessions pulls into the station on iTunes.

I didn’t name all the stories I enjoyed in John Joseph Adams’ Armored anthology on the podcast, so I wanted to list them here. “Trauma Pod” by Alastair Reynolds, “Nomad” by Karin Lowachee, “The Green” by Lauren Beukes, and “The N-Body Solution” by Sean Williams are all variations on a theme (apparently stories about power armor have themes– who knew?), and they’re the best-written tales in the book. While other authors rely on tropes of body horror and military fantasy, these four set their stories in unique, defined ecologies. They feel like glimpses into a larger universe rather than works created solely for hire.

In fact, “The N-Body Solution” does take place in a larger universe, one which Williams has elaborated on in previous stories. You can find the first one, “A Map of the Mines of Barnath” for free on Eidolon.net. (I haven’t read it yet. Let me know if it’s good!) The biggest surprise though, is that Armored doesn’t contain Will McIntosh’s excellent “Defenders”, originally published in 2011 and currently available on Lightspeed Magazine’s website. I hope to get a review of “Defenders” and other McIntosh short stories up soon.

Books discussed in this episode include: Armored by John Joseph Adams; Gun Machine by Warren Ellis; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; Professor Moriarity: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman; Recursion by Tony Ballantyne; Capacity by Tony Ballantyne; Going Clear by Lawrence Wright; and The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account) by Charles Dickens.

Oh, and spoilers for Gone Girl. It was a father-son team of Nazi serial killers.

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