A second issue in a row simply loaded with unbelievably depressing stories. I hope that this isn't a trend.
"Ghost Story" by John Grant: Engaging but very sad tale about random shifts in reality as metaphor for real-world bad luck and loss.
"Ashes" by Karl Bunker: Hard-SF story entirely about how technological advancement will fail to actually achieve anything significant beyond making humanity even more screwed up.
"Old Bones" by Greg Kurzawa: Atmospherically gruesome horror piece that adds an extra sting in the tale with implications that the events are endlessly circular.
"Fly Away Home" by Suzanne Palmer: Enragingly convincing story about slave asteroid miners in a society that mixes utterly ruthless corporate-feudalism with repressive and violently misogynistic religion. Some faint hope at the end ( SpoilerCollapse )
"A Doll is not a Dumpling" by Tracie Welser: Story about an AI being uplifted out of servitude by hippies in an imperfect but intriguing biotech-plus-AI society ( SpoilerCollapse )
"This is How You Die" by Gareth L Powell: Very short piece in the subgenre of "civilisation is going to collapse, you'll die horribly, and it's ALL YOUR FAULT for being complicit in contemporary society".
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