Monatsarchiv: Mai 2017

Every Heart a Doorway • 2016 • Magical realism novella by Seanan McGuire

★★★★ A charming story about yet-another-weird-boarding-school, a Hogwarts 2.0 with Nonsense vs. Logical instead of Slytherin vs. Gryffindor. Of course, the YA tropes had to be nourished – there is the question of identity, the ever-present „parents want to have … Weiterlesen

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Beyond Lies the Wub • 1952 • SF short story by Philip K. Dick

★★★ Synopsis: A space ship crew runs out of food. They plan to cull the pig-like wub, an alien animal that they acquired on their latest planet stay. Suddenly, the wub begins to discuss philosophy with them and doesn’t want … Weiterlesen

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Troublesolving • 2009 • SF novelette by Tim Pratt

★★★ Summary: Stephen had it rough going lately: his wife left him, he is low on cash, his business isn’t going anymore. Around Christmas, a mysterious woman offers him her business card “Cameron Cassavetes: Troublesolver”, urging to accept her help for … Weiterlesen

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Sic Him, Hellhound! Kill! Kill! • 2012 • Urban fantasy short story by Hal Duncan

★★★+ Summary: A gay werewolve goes after a vampire and his darling. Review: A pretty standard fight but a very nice angle at the Twilight characters and a amusing, great execution. Maybe a bit too explicit. Meta: isfdb. Published in Subterranean, Spring … Weiterlesen

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Valley of the Girls • 2011 • SF short story by Kelly Link

★★★+ Summary: Pharaos‘ names were written in cartouches. So, this is the story of elitist girl [Hero] and the other privileged girls who like to build Egyptian tombs, or breed chimeras. They are microchipped by their parents to protect them from being … Weiterlesen

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Water Can’t be Nervous • 2012 • Mainstream short story by Jonathan Carroll

★★+ Summary: A man uses a pair of hand puppets to replay scenes of failures of his relationships. Review: The title was lovely, the prose was strong, and this story could certainly be published in a literary magazine. But I expected something … Weiterlesen

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The Least of the Deathly Arts • 2012 • Fantasy short story by Kat Howard

★★+ Summary: Shadow Scholars lecture on memorial architecture in the City of Nyx, Death himself wanders around, but Scholar Noir isn’t interested in his poetry. Review: I loved the setting and Death’s personality. But I despised the poems. Not that they … Weiterlesen

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Surface Tension • 1952 • SF novelette by James Blish

★★★★ Summary: Humans colonize the universe. One of those space ships crashes on a water planet of Tau Ceti. The crew can’t survive but they create genetically changed seeds in the form of water adapted, really tiny humans who have to … Weiterlesen

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2016 Nebula Winners Announced: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2016 Nebula Award Winners have been announced! Here are the Winners: Novel: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Novella: ★★★★ • Every Heart a Doorway • magical realism novelly by Seanan McGuire • review Novelette: The Long Fall Up, William … Weiterlesen

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September 2005: The Martian • 1949 • SF short story by Ray Bradbury

★★★+ Summary: Mars is in the first phase of colonialization. LaFarge and his wife Anna retired on Mars, leaving their old life and their dead son Tom behind on Earth. One night, a thunderstorm startles them, and they see someone standing … Weiterlesen

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