Review: two mini-reviews of Upgraded and Zadayi Red
Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld magazine, edited this Kickstarter anthology about the positive and negative impacts of cyborgs in science fiction. As a cyborg myself, I was curious enough to contribute to the project. There quite a few big-name authors involved, and the anthology is quite well written with very few duds. A few stories, while good, seem a better fit for a more general sci-fi anthology, but most do a good job presenting a more thoughtful look at the cyborg experience itself.
Zadayi Red is a mythical, fantasy story about the ancestors of Native Americans. The author, Caleb Fox, is himself a Native American of Cherokee descent and this story was inspired by his ancestral legends and myths. Indeed, there are mythical fantasy elements including shape-shifting, spiritual journeys, spirit companions, and ritual magic. It's a good lyrical quest story, though not near as good as say, The Last Unicorn.