Hornet’s Nest by fembotheather-fembotheather’s debut story is well done and interesting. Fans of writers like thrall and trilby else will enjoy both the drone and serial recruitment aspects of this story. I really enjoyed how quickly the story moves; I love the methodical nature of many drone writer’s stories, but the brisk moving feel of this story worked very well.
The Rise Of The Cyber Queen by Queen Cordelia-This is an excellent first chapter to what sounds like a very promising story. It is broken into two parts: the first involves the brainwashing and serial recruitment of a woman and, apparently, the entire female gender of Earth. It is erotic, pretty funny in a few places, and establishes that this story will be heavy on the ever popular “drone” theme in FF stories. Part two sees the protagonist’s lover, actually an alien from another planet, who argues her case for why Earth has failed as a planet.
This story is pretty political for an EMC story as well, but what I really enjoyed were the intertextual references to classical literature and science fiction. I actually “laughed out loud,” really, at the reference to something being “timey wimey,” which is from Doctor Who of course.
Queen Cordelia by Queen Cordelia-This is an impressive debut story from a new writer who I have emailed back and forth with in the past. A disgruntled, maybe even gender queer, young woman is whisked away to the kingdom she is actually from to report on what she has seen on Earth. This story is clearly a FF one with some of the tropes of many FF EMCSA stories like drones, serial recruitment, etc. The discussion of gender and how one expresses it is something I hope that Queen Cordelia will explore further.
Honeycomb by trilby else-This story is a sequel to one of trilby else’s best stories Hive. Like Hive, it involves a droned, although the situation turns out to be a little more complex than that, girl who is given back her old personality to serve the Hive. I like this story a lot…anyone familiar with trilby else’s stories will know the probable endgame, but there are some curious twists that kept me guessing for most of the story. This is easily one of his best stories.