Monatsarchiv: September 2015

Red Lights, and Rain • 2014 • SF shortstory by Gareth L. Powell

★★★ Summary A post-humanity guerilla soldier from the future traveled back in time to the city of red lights, and rain, i.e. Amsterdam. A bounty hunter wants to bring him down. In between a bar man. Review Well told fun story … Weiterlesen

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Jubilee • 2014 • SF novelette by Karl Schroeder

★★★1/2 This novelette is set in the same universe as Schroeder’s novel Lockstep where whole towns hibernate and wake up every some 31 years for a month – the „Jubilee“. There are not only hibernated people but also people whose lifes … Weiterlesen

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West to East • 2014 • SF shortstory by Jay Lake

★★★★ Summary A landing crew is trapped on the fascinating ecosphere of a planet with „superrotating atmosphere“, i.e. 900 knot winds, and without hope of getting out. Their only left goal is to get one last message back to their ship in … Weiterlesen

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The Stars Do Not Lie • 2012 • SF novella by Jay Lake

★   SF stories often come up with great introductory sentences. This one must be one of the worst, inventing an incomprehensible mud of abbreviations trying to add atmosphere: Morgan Abutti; B.Sc. Bio.; M.Sc. Arch.; Ph.D. Astr. & Nat, Sci.; … Weiterlesen

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Sadness • 2014 • Posthumanity SF shortstory by Timons Esaias

★★★ Summary Humanity is herded in zoo-like preservations. The posthuman „New People“ control everything – optimizing/pressing them to speak Sanskrit, believe in a mixture of Islam and Buddhism, manners from mediaeval Japan, etc. Main protagonist Evan Bookbinder awaits one of … Weiterlesen

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In Babelsberg • 2014 • SF shortstory by Alastair Reynolds

★★★★ Summary Have you ever watched the 1927 movie „Metropolis“ by Fritz Lang (influencing Blade Runner, The Matrix, Batman and others)? Well, this story references the famous studio in Berlin where it has been shot, featuring the opposing A.I. Maria … Weiterlesen

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Passage of Earth • 2014 • First encounter shortstory by Michael Swanwick

★★★★★ Summary Starting with a CSI like worm-alien autopsy, this first encounter story soon turns into a psychedelic investigation of coroner Hank’s past with his ex-wife Evelyn, and his parents. Are those worms the real monsters and is there a … Weiterlesen

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White Curtain • 2014 • Alternate universes shortstory by Pavel Amnuel

★★★1/2 Summary Dima is a theoretical scientist researching options to investigate and change the future. His wife died of brain tumor. Oleg, a genius practical scientist, should weave a happier future into reality, but he can’t because none in a … Weiterlesen

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Entanglement • 2014 • CliFi novella by Vandana Singh

★★★★ Summary The novella jumps around the globe, portraying several people fighting climate change – from an Innuit biogeochemists in the Arctic sea plugging Methane leaks to a Brazilian microclimate scientist witnessing astonishing graffitis to  a child in rural India … Weiterlesen

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The Colonel • 2014 • SF novelette by Peter Watts

★★ Summary In the first half, we witness Colonel Jim Moore fighting a hive mind in tight action. In the second half, he is tasked to risk assess hive minds who might drive humanity into extinction. One of those approaches him with an offer that … Weiterlesen

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