on June 30, 2011
About a year ago, I discovered Rick Griffin's amazing "Housepets" comic and a page-per-task reward system allowed me to finish my college classes on time, which attests to the draw of his stories. Though I am extremely excited for his NaNoWriMo Housepets writing project, and almost piddled myself thinking this was it, finding something completely different was in no way disappointing.
Despite the inclusion of "furry" characters, this is some strict sci-fi. Behind the main story, Griffin gives the readers a peek into a future world that has enormous potential. A world where androids (or ani-droids, as he styles them) are not only commonplace, but vastly outnumber humans, while not rebelling, a la Asimov. Ani-droids have been surrounded by their own maker community, with simple garage mods and more complex artworks created by professionals, such as the narrator. Readers will find themselves fantasizing about their own ani-droids and the world they populate.
While you probably wont see this among the Nebula or Hugo nominees, Argo would fit in well among the Starshipsofa or EscapePod podcasts. And, for $1.29, it would make a great evening read for any fan of androids, furries, and last-minute twists. Highly recommended.
Ten Thousand Miles Up
on March 26, 2015
A story of sci-fi trickery suitable for any SF magazine! Captain Ateri is a geroo with a history of disobedience to his masters, in pursuit of a new home planet for his people. When approached by ringel pirates suggesting an alliance for mutual profit, he sees a chance to get ahead of his slave masters. But another mistake will cost him not just his life, but likely the lives of his entire species.
The final twists were excellently foreshadowed, making it all seem plausible, rather than sci-fi witchery. The universe Griffin created is self-contained and logical. And, of course, enjoyable!
on March 26, 2015
After Griffin's sci-fi shorts "Argo" and "Ten Thousand Miles Up," he's taken a break from the far future and decided to focus on the modern day. Reformed gang members and drugs and cherry candy.
After the kitten Riley is kidnapped by a local once-big-time gang boss, Charli is dragged back in for one more favor to the dealer: drive a cooler across the desert on a suspiciously tight deadline. When the cops get on her tail, Charli realizes something a bit more complicated than drugs is involved, but her mission hasn't changed: make the delivery to save the girl.
Lovely images of some built biker ladies abound. Griffin shows remarkable skill in drawing built women who still retain their femininity. And their ability to make you wet yourself if you get on their bad side!
on April 14, 2015
A sci-fi novel with a suitable mind-fuck ending. Mira is a creator of ani-droids, robot servants made to look like animals. At first, the presence of animal creatures seems rather arbitrary, a quirk of a furry author, but reasons are eventually given: human-like androids had once been made, but their ability to blend in with humanity was deemed dangerous, and all androids were required to be non-human, to protect their creators. When we learn this, it's obvious that a human-droid will feature in the story, but by the time it appeared, I hadn't guessed its form in the slightest.
Perhaps not a draw for most sci-fi readers, but fans of Griffin's Housepets would be well-served to add this to their collection.