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"In Memoriam" by Joanne Harris

"In Memoriam" by Joanne Harris
This story comes out of the anthology "Dead Letters."  The anthology is edited by Conrad Williams.
A man named, Carey Loewe, worked in the National Returns Centre for the Royal Mail.  The place where all the lost, return to sender, mail to SantaClaus, or just unmarked packages went when they couldn't find a home or the recipient of the letter or package.  he would open up the letters or packages and look to see if there was any information inside to get the item back to the owner.
One day he found a letter addressed to Carey Loewe.  He couldn't believe he found a letter addressed to himself.  The sender was Liesel Blau and postmark stamped 1971.  One of the mysteries was that inside the letter was a photograph and USBthumb drive.  Technology that didn't exist in 1971.  He snuck the letter out of the Centre and went home.  He downloaded the thumb drive to his computer while checking out the photo.  On the thumb driv…

"Animal Husbandry" by Seanan McGuire

"Animal Husbandry" by Seanan McGuire This story is from the anthology "Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse" edited by John Joseph Adams. This was a story about a veterinarian, Mercy Neely, on her way to Grants Pass, Oregon to meet up with her 9 year old daughter after a plague wipes out most of the population.  Along the way she sees to animals that have been abandoned by their owners or left behind after their owners were taken by the plague.  Part of seeing the animals is seeing that they don't suffer needlessly.  So she puts down the animals that are sick and suffering.  Why leave them in pain if they don't have to suffer? While Mercy is scrounging around inside of a store for supplies she runs into another survivor pointing a gun at her.  After some discussion he finds out she is a vet and asks her to come with him.  His daughter needs help.  Even though she protests that she doesn't know anything about people medicine she finally gives in kno…

"Ad Valorem" by Jacob M. Appel

"Ad Valorem" by Jacob M. Appel
This story come from the collection of stories called "Scouting For The Reaper" by Jacob M Appel.
Ever ask yourself the question while dating, or maybe while married, is she/he worth it?  What is their worth?  What would change the value of that person?  How much value would they have to have in order to keep you interested or to care about them?  This story delves into questions like these and other deep themed emotions.
A widow, Greta, goes to visit her accountant for the first time since her husband, George, passed away.  George always took care of everything and that included keeping all the receipts and dealing with the accountant for the taxes each year.
On her first visit to the accountant, Felix, they both find out each other are widowed.  She drops off the receipts for Felix to do her taxes for her, but she felt there was a spark between them.  She ends up being correct and a few days later Felix came calling upon her.…

"Fata Morgana" by Ken Mitchroney and Steven R Boyett

"Fata Morgana" by Ken Mitchroney and Steven R Boyett

Not sure if it was just the copy I had or how my Kindle e-reader handled the file, but there was some formatting errors with my copy.  There would be a couple words and then it would drop the to the next line and finish the sentence.  Other than that formatting error occasionally the e-book was fine.
A story about a WW II bomber going into some sort of parallel universe, Wow!  How can you go wrong with a synopsis like that.  That is what originally drew me to this story.  I really liked the sound of what the story was about.  The cover art is nice, and to be honest, I've never heard of the authors, but the story description sounded awesome. This book had some exciting sequences throughout the story.  The opening scene is an in late out early  type scenario and are tossed directly into battle.  It is an exciting scene though and really got meinto the mood of the story.  I had a sense of being in the battle and what …

"The Tamarisk Hunter" by Paolo Bacigalupi

"The Tamarisk Hunter" by Paolo Bacigalupi
I read this story in Wastelands 2 edited by John Joseph Adams.  The story originally appeared in an environmental journal called High Country News. 
You can read the story for free on his website here: http://windupstories.com/books/pump-six-and-other-stories/the-tamarisk-hunter/
Lolo is a tamarisk hunter.  He hunts tamarisk trees and kills them for a small profit and water rations.  Why would the government pay someone to kill trees you might ask?  Because the tamarisk tree sucks up 73,000 gallons of water every year.  Why would that matter someone might ask?  Because there is little water left to go around.  The water that is available is owned by California.

“Ass-Hat Magic Spider” by Scott Westerfeld

“Ass-Hat Magic Spider” by Scott Westerfeld
This story comes from the anthology “The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows” edited by Jonathan Strahan.
What is most valuable?  If you had to leave and could only take a certain amount of weight with you to start your life over again, what would it be?  This is a story about what a boy cherishes and what he would do to keep what is important to him.
The boy's family applied and was accepted to fly through space to a planet called Tau.  They are among the colonists to build a civilization and start over.  It will take them 2 years to get there, but due to fuel needs, each person can only bring a specified amount of weight.