Recommendations: March 2021


Boiled Bones and Black Eggs by Nghi Vo (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Burn the Ships by Alberto Yáñez (Lightspeed Magazine)

The Guadalupe Witch by Josh Rountree (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Homecoming is Just Another Word for the Sublimation of the Self by Isabel J. Kim (Clarkesworld)

Olivia’s Table by Alyssa Wong (Lightspeed Magazine)

The Orbiting Guan Erye by Wang Zhenzhen, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan (Clarkesworld)

Terra Rasa by Anastasia Bookreyeva, translated by Ray Nayler (Clarkesworld)


Institutions are the AIs Your Mother Warned You About by Navarre Bartz (SFWA)

Seduced by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade by Sid Jain (Uncanny Magazine)

“We’ll Know It When We See It”: The Trouble with Finding (Alien) Life by Julie Nováková (Clarkesworld)


Lingthusiasm #54: How linguists figure out the grammar of a language

Video Games

Cat Quest (The Gentlebros Studio) (review here)

Short Review: Cat Quest

Purchased through:

Hours played: 8.5 (level 77, main story complete)


Cat Quest is an open-world RPG (role-playing game) where everyone is a cat. It’s really adorable and light-hearted, and it’s something I’ve been spending time on here and there on the weekends.

It’s also full of cat puns. There are so many cat puns.


Like with other RPGs, there are enemies wandering the overworld and in instanced dungeons. There are some boss fights in the overworld – mostly dragons – and tons of sidequests. It’s very easy to get sidetracked by sidequests to the point that I’m overleveled by the time I get back to the main storyline quests, which probably makes them a bit too easy.

Not that I’m complaining! It’s super easy to level up just by doing sidequests and everything associated with them. There is essentially no grinding in this game, which is something that I am supper happy about.

There is one thing in particular that I don’t like: not being able to choose which weapon or piece of armor to upgrade. It’s completely randomized as to what item gets an upgrade and to what extent the stats are boosted.

Overall, this is a nice little game that can be completed in 6-8 hours. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a no-stress RPG to play for 30 minutes to half an hour here and there.