Weekend Shorts: Rocket Girl and Unlocked

Happy weekend! If you’re like me and have all the plans today, here are some things you can read when you have a spare minute or two!

Rocket Girl #2: “Objects in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion…”
Rocket Girl 2I loved the first issue of this comic, which featured our teenaged Rocket Girl causing time-travel troubles and generally being awesome. Less travelling in this issue, but lots of time troubles, for sure. In 1986 the scientists whose work Dayoung destroyed are trying to keep Dayoung from running around being Rocket Girl, but of course that doesn’t happen. In 2013, we see Dayoung and her partner Leshawn listening in to a Quintum Mechanics meeting in which it is revealed that QM sent itself the time machine from the future to give itself a head start in time travel, which, ouchies in the brain. To be continued…

Rocket Girl #3: “Double Reagent”
Rocket Girl 3…here! Dayoung has been arrested in 1986 for her hijinks, and all her future equipment “given back” to QM by the police, but it turns out that she does not need rocket boots to be a badass (damn right she doesn’t). Then in 2013 we see her plan to come back in time play out with subterfuge and trickery that turns out to be entirely unnecessary, and also learn that the future seems to be going on just fine, but the QM powers that be decide to send some dudes back in time to make sure everything works out.

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome, by John Scalzi
UnlockedSo a while back Scalzi talked about his upcoming book, Lock In, on his blog, and I was like, John Scalzi book? Sold. John Scalzi book with “occasional murders and explosions and intrigue”?? SUPER sold. So when later he announced this companion ebook short story thing, I was literally sold and preordered it immediately.

This tiny book is, as the title says, an oral history of the disease that Lock In is based on, in which people get sick, some die and some get sicker, and then some of those die and the rest get “locked in” to their bodies, alive and conscious but unable to move a single muscle. Which sounds HORRIBLE. Zillions of dollars are poured into research to cure the disease, but (spoiler? Eh, whatever) the only thing research can really come up with is an awesome “personal traveler” device like in the movie Surrogates but absolutely only for people who are locked in, to the disappointment of people who like money.

I loved the oral history conceit of this story, which allowed narration from military types and entrepreneur types and locked in types as well, and which had a beautiful gender parity not seen in certain other fictional oral histories.

But even better was the included first chapter of Lock In, which indicates that this book is going to be a combination of the best parts of Intelligence (awesome premise, terrible show) and Almost Human (awesome premise, awesome show, so of course cancelled by Fox) and OMG why is it not August yet so I can read the heck out of this book???

Ahem. What good short things are y’all reading this week?

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