After the Race by James Joyce

“After the Race” by James Joyce I have never read anything by Joyce that I remember. It seems unlikely that I didn’t read at least an excerpt from something when I was in college, but if I did it didn’t stick with me. “After the Race” is from Dubliners, first …

The First Time We Met by Maria Deira

“The First Time We Met” by Maria Deira Elena has a gift: her saliva can heal cuts and scrapes. When she and Hector, the story’s narrator, first meet, she licks a deep cut on his forearm, leaving only a faint trace of the gash. Needless to say, Hector was surprised, …

Appetite by Said Sayrafiezadeh

“Appetite” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh This slightly quirky short story starts out with a cook, who apparently has trouble with grilled cheese sandwiches, asking his restaurant manager for a raise. He’s denied. So, here he is ina meaningless, unfulfilling job, but he’s not searching for anything else either. When had I …

The Millennium Party by Walter Jon Williams

“The Millennium Party” by Walter Jon Williams Williams gives us a short, sharp look at the future in this brief story. Darien and his wife are celebrating their thousandth anniversary, but in this future world, everyone has multiple brains that they interchange, each with its own purpose. For the celebration, …