Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman

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Glorifying Terrorism edited by Farah Mendlesohn

This anthology was produced in answer to the UK Terrorism Act of 2006. Encouraging people to commit terrorism, even by portraying it as good in fiction, is illegal in the UK. This book is illegal in the UK. The cover art, by Curio-CityCatKilla: Haylee Fields and Mike Harwood, is really great. You can buy the book at

I liked a number of the stories:

1. "Engaging the Idrl" by Davin Ireland - an Earth soldier realizes that his army isn't putting down resistance on a new planet, but killing off the natives.

2. "How I Took Care of My Pals" by Elizabeth Sourbut - this is similar to the above, but focuses on clone bodies for the soldiers. If the soldiers start to think, they get loaded into a new body without any ideas of their own.

3. "John Brown's Body - an alternate history" by Lucy Kemnitzer - What if Brown lived and continued his rebellion?

4. "Be the Bomb you Throw" by Katherine Sparrow - a college student is seduced by one of his teachers and led into potential terrorism.

5. "The Last Straw" by Hal Duncan - The UK government has populated the Departments with clones of Jack Straw and various terrorists take them and the unassigned clones out.

6. "The Rural Kitchen" by H. H. Loyche - correspondence between an author and a publisher plus excerpts from the book parallel terrorism.

7. "Minutes of the Labour Party Conference, 2016" by Charles Stross - a chilling portrayal of how governments can take over and make resistance imperative, written up as minutes of a meeting. I think Charlie's story is the best in the book. Concise, clear, and terrifying.
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