Monatsarchiv: Mai 2016

The Empress in her Glory • 2015 • SF short story by Robert Reed

★★ Synopsis A blogging lady is chosen as the ruler of Earth by an alien race. They don’t conquer Earth directly but it simply happen. They’ve chosen Adrianne Hammer as their representative, though nobody knows about this decision. It’s only that … Weiterlesen

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The Lily and the Horn • 2015 • Fantasy short story by Catherynne M. Valente

★★★+ Wars aren’t fought anymore outside in the battlefield by armies of strong warriors. Instead, they are decided by depudies. Not outside, but inside: Both sides at one dining table, and the first to die poisoned looses. This civilization has … Weiterlesen

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Blood, Ash, Braids • 2015 • Alternate History short story by Genevieve Valentine

★★★★   The 588th in an alternate reality version of a World War II-era Soviet squadron consists of female pilots only. Their task is to terrorize the Germans by flying planes with silenced engines sounding like brooms. That is why the Germans call … Weiterlesen

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Schwarzer Dolch: Chroniken der Seelenfänger 1 • 2016 • Fantasy von Alexey Pehov

★★★ Nur Menschen, die die Begabung als Seelenfänger in die Wiege gelegt bekommen haben, können Seelen erkennen, die nicht in die Hölle oder ins Paradies gehen, sondern in der Welt verbleiben. Seelenfänger bekommen die Ausbildung, solche Seelen mittels ihres magischen schwarzen … Weiterlesen

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The Machine Starts • 2015 • Near Future novelette by Greg Bear

★★+ A story about quantum computing, Gödel’s mathematical theories, and multiuniverses. Quantum computing isn’t exactly a new thing – the first real implementations were demonstrated some 15 years ago, and it is slowly improving, manifesting in Microsoft or Google experiments … Weiterlesen

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2015 Nebula Winners Announced: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2015 Nebula Award Winners have been announced! (updated from nominees announced). Here are the Winners: Novel: Uprooted, Naomi Novik Novella: ★★★1/2 • Binti • SF by Nnedi Okorafor • review Novelette: Our Lady of the Open Road, Sarah Pinsker Short Story: ★★★★★ • Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers • Vampire short … Weiterlesen

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The Heart’s Filthy Lesson • 2015 • Old Venus novelette by Elizabeth Bear

★★★ Some of us love SF from a time when gruesome facts didn’t yet hit the imagination of a jungle planet with six leg beasts. For those people, Dozois and GRRM published a followup volume to Old Mars last year titled Old … Weiterlesen

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Calved • 2015 • short story by Sam J. Miller

★★★★ Synopsis: Climatic change has drowned coast cities like New York. People like Dom flee elsewhere, e.g. to Greenland’s now huge city of Qaanaag which isn’t exactly welcoming the refugees. Dom found work as an ice-grunt, working the ice calves for … Weiterlesen

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Dancy vs. the Pterosaur • 2015 • Postapocalyptic short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan

★★★ Synopsis In a postapocalyptic setting, a wandering girl Dancy Flammarion, full of religious superstition encounters a wannabe scientific girl Jezebel Lilligraven – „named after a whore and an idolator“ – under the threatening wings of a dragon or pterosaur. Both bring … Weiterlesen

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Capitalism in the 22nd Century, or, A.I.R. • 2015 • SF short story by Geoff Ryman

★★★ Synopsis Two sisters, Graça and Cristina, leave Brazil to settle on another planet and escape the power of Chinese. They need to alter their genes. Review Capitalism is driven by Chinese in this setting and they are viewed as the future … Weiterlesen

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