Monthly Archives: Mar 2017

The Quiet War • 2008 • SF novel by Paul McAuley

A global catastrophy called the Overturn devastated Earth. We write the year 2210, and Earth is slowly reconstructed by fundamentally Gaia-oriented states like oligarchic Greater Brazil and the EU. Gen manipulation is necessary to get back exterminated animal races but … Continue reading

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The Star • 1897 • Apocalyptic SF short story by H.G. Wells

★★+ Our Sun has captured a celestial body which collides with outermost planet Neptune on a course to Earth. Initially, it is only relevant for astronomers, but after some time the media generate a hype aorund the approaching apocalypse. People … Continue reading

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Fable • 2016 • Fairy tale short story by Charles Yu

★★★ A therapist asks a man in midlife crisis to describe his life as a fairy tale. He needs several attempts, some of them embarassing, but getting better and nearer to his personality with each try. Actually, this is no … Continue reading

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The Visitor from Taured • 2016 • SF novelette by Ian R. MacLeod

★★★★ Cosmologist Rob tries to proof his theory of multiverses, exemplified by the story of the Man from Taured. His roommate Lita studies “analogue literature” and is one of the last persons with dead tree editions of books – people … Continue reading

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Seven Birthdays • 2016 • SF short story by Ken Liu

★★★★ The story covers Mia’s birthdays in seven snapshots, each a power of 7.  At first it felt like a CliFi, as her mother attempted to cool down the atmosphere with chemical loads. But it didn’t stop there: Uploading human … Continue reading

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The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight • 2016 • Fairy tale short story by E. Lily Yu

★★★ A young woman just stumbled into becoming a witch when a cowardly knight crossed her way. She fought dragons for him, rescued the damsel in mistress and flew away to learn dancing. The witch clearly didn’t meet her fate, … Continue reading

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Elves of Antarctica • 2016 • CliFi short story by Paul McAuley

★★+ The Antarctica is slowly getting green, a huge industrial project tries to safe the remaining western ice sheet from melting away because that would mean the next disaster for the drowning shore cities. Some mysterious stones with Elvish runes and … Continue reading

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven • 2017 • SF&F anthology by Jonathan Strahan

★★★★ Summary: 28 stories spread over some 600 pages, no novellas this time. There is something in it for everyone and I recommend buying it. This year, Strahan seems to love fairy tales – with five of them included, it was … Continue reading

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Foxfire, Foxfire • 2016 • SF&F novelette by Yoon Ha Lee

★★★★★ Baekdo is a shapeshifting fox dealing with smaller gods. He set out to turn permanently into a human which requires to eat the livers of 100 humans. As his last victim, he chooses to consume a battlemech elite pilot. … Continue reading

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Terminal • 2016 • SF short story by Lavie Tidhar

★★★ In a constant flow of cheap, one-way, single person vehicles, settlers are shot to Mars. They are called Terminals, because they will end there. Lonely as they are on their dangerous journey, they chat over radio, play chess, fall … Continue reading

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