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Dial M for Martians by Tina Connolly

This reads like an old-fashioned golden age of science fiction story. With gambling debts, a glad-handing alien benefactor, and a deal too good to pass up, I could see Beawolf Shaffer in a story like this.  

Group Dynamics by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

is a story in Daily Science Fiction about members of a self-help group . It's not an ordinary self help group; it’s a self help group for Supernaturals who are no longer so super as they once were. The viewpoint character, Eydis, can no longer affect people’s luck as she once could. Sometimes it bounces back. (I could not locate a deity by this name, though Ey + Dis means “good fortune” + “goddess” in Old Norse.) Her friends are an elf named Chandra and her wife, an angel named Iris. (In Indian mythology, Chandra is a lunar deity and in Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.)

While the similarities between other members of the group and their mythological counterparts are tenuous at best, the same cannot be said of Zeus. This is the same Zeus we all know from Greek mythology and from the poem Leda and the Swan by Yeats. He is a narcissistic sex addict with the power to inflict himself on others. He has made the group meeting about himself and his whining. Eydis and her friends have had enough..

Eydis and Chandra and Iris are at the Santa Tekla Natural History Museum discussing their plans to breakaway and form a Zeusless support group when he appears in their midst. He attempts to seduce Eydis, but Chadra pulls her back to herself and she gives Zeus a response he’s had coming to him for 3000 years.

What does it all mean? Taking back one’s own power? Taking a stand with help from one’s friends? Standing up to the powerful and sexually exploitive? I leave it to the reader to decide.

on Dahlia by Edward Ashton

I chose. I choose. -- Mr Crane, Neal Asher

Any story that references the Phaedo merits notice and attention. This is especially true of a ghost story full of regrets. One measure of our humanity is our ability to make choices and then be unable to live with the results. He was there to throw himself off a cliff. As in Sophie's Choice fate is sometimes a cruel bitch who throws us a curve we aren't prepared for. At once a choice is demanded and in an instant we must choose with a lifetime to regret so choosing.

The author beautifully illustrates the moment of choice. He shows us what the main character saw and felt and heard when the choice was made, capturing the surreal horror of the moment. He shows us what the character sees and feels and hears at the time of another choice. A lifetime of regret. We feel as he feels. The reader feels as he feels.

If to make horrible choices makes us human it makes us monstrous as well. And so to be human is to be a monster-- at least in one's own eyes. Especially in one's own eyes.

The editor and the policeman, Andrew Edwards first story for @dailysf,

posits an interesting and unique conjecture which like so many interesting and unique conjectures seems obvious once posited.

Thus. Commissioner Gordon and Perry White have been on to their respective superheroes’ secret identities for a very long time. Obviously. They'd have had to be total incompetents to have not caught on. So they take care of their assets and cover for them and worry about their mental health and keep their alter egos under observation. Just in case.

The story is nicely done. The author relating to the audience what has transpired, and the superheros' impact on the lives of their two guardians, as they discuss matters in their annual meeting. Exposition, yes, but the conversation flows nicely, with a nice touch at the end about a recipe.

The editor and the policeman