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Published January 30th 2019 by Tor
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Beth Cato
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it is publishing some of the best genre short stories out there right now, and try as I might, I can't up with the releases on their website. Therefore, I was thrilled this year when they introduced a new mailing list that allowed subscribers to get their short works in a collection in various ebook formats.

This book was everything I hoped it would be. Going into it, I was most excited about the prospect of reading "Articulated Restraint" by Mary Robinette Kowal, as I recently read her two
Zoe's Human
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"Beyond the El" by John Chu 4 stars
A man grieves for his mother by trying to recreate her cooking, only to find that he must cope with a toxic sibling in order to move forward. The emotional honesty of the story perfectly balances the magical element.

"Deriving Life" by Elizabeth Bear 5 stars
"Childhood is a miserable state of affairs, and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody I loved."

When a parent rejects you, finds you so unlovable that they terrorize and hurt you, it leaves you with a great sense of
My average star rating for this collection is 3.25 stars. Out of 6 stories, three were pretty good, one was just good and two were stinkers. All six were published by Tor and were included in a new bi-monthly newsletter showcasing new science fiction and fantasy short stories. I was really happy to receive this free newsletter and can't wait for more. Here are the stories and my ratings:

Beyond the El - 3 stars - Not sure if it was magic or science, but it was interesting!

Deriving Life - 2 stars
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liked 4 of the stories, thought one was ok, and really didn't like one of them.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were alright, but I doubt I’ll remember most of them by the time the next collection is released.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great set of short stories from Tor. Would recommend!
Rick Brose
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid set of short stories, well worth the time to read.
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John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Bloody Fabulous, Asimov's Science Fiction, Apex Magazine and His story "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.