It’s time again for the yearly update to my reader’s picks page. This year I have added five stories:
- Paladin by 8-Bit
- The Rise of the Cyber Queen by Queen Cordelia
- Sleepers by J. Darksong
- The Jokers’ Club by Tropos
- Agent With Immunity by Frederick
The Rise Of The Cyber Queen by Queen Cordelia-This is an excellent first chapter to what sounds like a very promising story. It is broken into two parts: the first involves the brainwashing and serial recruitment of a woman and, apparently, the entire female gender of Earth. It is erotic, pretty funny in a few places, and establishes that this story will be heavy on the ever popular “drone” theme in FF stories. Part two sees the protagonist’s lover, actually an alien from another planet, who argues her case for why Earth has failed as a planet.
This story is pretty political for an EMC story as well, but what I really enjoyed were the intertextual references to classical literature and science fiction. I actually “laughed out loud,” really, at the reference to something being “timey wimey,” which is from Doctor Who of course.