Charlie Anders over at i09 has compiled an interesting list of short stories that, in spite of their brevity, tend to make a mark on the psyche. As any good list of short stories does, it includes Bradbury, but also fans out to be representative of a number of different voices and tones. Here's what she has to say about Saunders' Escape from Spiderhead (text available at the link to the left):
"This one story has a lot of Saunders' most frequent concerns, but with even more creepiness and dystopian satire than usual. The main character is a test subject in a special facility, where they completely control his mind and emotions using bizarre drugs — and this leads to a lot of weirdly unsettling sex scenes. But that's just the beginning. Fiction is full of dystopias where corporations or science gone mad are controlling people, but this story still stands out for how powerfully it examines questions of what makes us who we are. But mostly, just creepy as hell. Like a lot of the stories on this list, I chose this one because it keeps bugging me." Amazon
Read the titles and descriptions of the remaining short stories on the list here.