Monatsarchiv: Dezember 2015

The Nine Billion Names of God • 1953 • SF short story by Arthur C. Clarke

★★★★★ Synopsis: A Tibetan monastery buys a computer to help them calculating and printing  all possible names of God. They started this manual task some 300 years ago, estimated that it would take another 15,000 years to finish and now want … Weiterlesen

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Nightfall • 1941 • SF novelette by Isaac Asimov

★★★1/2 Only every 2050 years, a total eclipse leads to darkness on planet Lagash which is enlighted by its six surrounding suns. The inhabitants haven’t even developed the concept of night. Now that the eclipse approaches, a team of scientists, a psychologist … Weiterlesen

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Meeting Infinity • 2015 • SF anthology by Jonathan Strahan

★★★★ Summary: 16 views at a „future shock“, or the impact of profound change on human beings. Most authors developed the topic to post-human stories with social elements. Once again, a terrific lineup of authors including names like Bruce Sterling, Kameron Hurley, Nancy Kress, Ian … Weiterlesen

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Exile from Extinction • 2015 • SF short story by Ramez Naam

★★ Synopsis: 2nd person narrator flees with his children in stasis to space. Pursuit leads to a space fight. Review: Straightforward, very predictable outcome. Meta: isfdb. This SF short story appeared 2015 in Meeting Infinity.  

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In Blue Lily’s Wake • 2015 • SF short story by Aliette de Bodard

★★★ Synopsis: The eponymous plague came over the Empire, researched and fought by a newly founded Crane and Cedar order. The mindship The Stone and Bronze Shadow fell ill and died of it, the disease transmitted by a girl who is still on board. Review: This … Weiterlesen

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All the Wrong Places • 2015 • SF short story by Sean Williams

★★★★ Synopsis: A young man regrets breaking up with his girlfriend Cate and follows her to the Moon. Three months behind her, he finds out that she already moved on to Mars „outward alliteratively from Earth, and perhaps symbolically from me … Weiterlesen

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Memento Mori • 2015 • SF short story by Madeline Ashby

★★★★ Synopsis: Anika works at an agency which conveys second hand bodies for people who want to switch to younger, healthier bodies. It is e.g. legally far more difficult to get a new one. Anika is different to other people by … Weiterlesen

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Aspects • 2015 • SF short story by Gregory Benford

★1/2 A human family flees from mechwarriors. Lots of knowledge has been lost, and they have to download anchestorial knowledge in the form of „Aspects“ to control technology. Plot wasn’t noteworthy, as well, just a standard story. The setting seems … Weiterlesen

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Pictures from the Resurrection • 2015 • SF short story by Bruce Sterling

★★★★ Synopsis: In a dystopian U.S., people flee into the safety of forts. Billionaire druglords fight over the control of Fort Lucky, Texas. The Mexican druglord uses a ninja-zombie army for invasion. Review: An entertaining, sharp satire – who doesn’t love Western … Weiterlesen

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The Cold Inequalities • 2015 • SF short story by Yoon Ha Lee

★★ The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin, published 1954 in Astounding, is one of most often cited or rewritten SF stories. A stowaway exceeds a starship’s freight capacity, threatening the mission’s success and is ejected into space. A complete failure of … Weiterlesen

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