Something you don’t see too often: science fiction in the New Yorker magazine. Take the time to listen to this reading of Stuart Dybeck’s “The Red Lantern.” It takes a master to write about adultery this beautifully. This has just a minimal amount of science fiction in the set-up to give it that special ingredient. You can hear the story, and some interesting follow-up commentary, at the New Yorker.
The universe is the most fabulous puzzle box you could possibly get for your birthday, and I like opening it up and figuring it out how the pieces going together; anything with a mystery structure drives the story forward essentially on obsession and curiosity.