Monthly Archives: Mar 2020

The Undiscovered • 1997 • Alternate History novelette by William Sanders

★★★★★ Synopsis: A white man named the Spear Shaker (Digatsisdi atelvhusgo’i in the native language) has been captured by a Cherokee tribe. He befriends the native narrator Mouse and gets trusted after a while, especially after fighting heroically in an assault … Continue reading

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Recording Angel • 1996 • First contact short story by Ian McDonald

★★★+ Synopsis: Gaby works as a reporter witnessing the advances of the Chaga – an alien terraforming fungus which transforms Earth’s tropics – in Kenya shortly before it takes the famous Treehouse Hotel. A couple of world celebrities are fascinated by … Continue reading

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A Dry, Quiet War • 1996 • Spaghetti Western in Space novelette by Tony Daniel

★★★★★ Synopsis: Henry Bone is a Veteran of the War at the End of Times, travelling back in time and space to his home planet. He intends to live a small live there on his dusty ranch, distilling whiskey like his … Continue reading

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The Dead • 1996 • Zomedy short story by Michael Swanwick

★★★★ Synopsis: Zombies are not the well-known brain eaters, swarming the cities in an apocalypse. No, they are perfectly fine working force as waiter in restaurants, MMA fighters, or horizontal entertainers. Up to now, they’ve been luxury good but a new … Continue reading

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Coming of Age in Karhide • 1995 • Hainish novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★★ Synopsis: Set on Gethen, the same planet as in Le Guin’s phenomenous Hainish novel Left Hand of Darkness, the story follows the teenager Sov Thade Tage em Ereb as xhe grows into adulthood and awaits xer first kemmer. Gethen has … Continue reading

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Wang’s Carpets • 1995 • Posthuman first contact novelette by Greg Egan

★★★★★ Synopsis: Humans are now virtualized, and can materialize in any wished form. One suche colony sends out their clones on a mission to find life in the galaxy and to proof their understatement that the universe was NOT created solely … Continue reading

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Mortimer Gray’s History of Death • 1995 • Posthuman SF novella by Brian Stableford

★★★★ Synopsis: Mortimer Gray lives as an emortal in the 29th century with nanorobots repairing his cells and providing him a lifespan of hundreds of years. As historian, he writes ten volumes about human death culture, starting from early Egypt up … Continue reading

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None So Blind • 1994 • Near Future SF short story by Joe Haldeman

★ Synopsis: The story follows biographically the life of genius Cletus starting in 1994 in Virginia. He falls in love with blind musician Amy, and wonders, “Why aren’t all blind people geniuses?” He experiments with repurposing the visual areas of the … Continue reading

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Die Krieger der Altaii • 2020 • High Fantasy Roman von Robert Jordan

★★★ Die Altaii sind ein nomadisches Kriegervolk, die sich gegen die harsche Steppe behaupten und von Überfällen auf Karawanen leben. Sie scheinen übermächtig und lachen über die kläglichen Konkurrenten und verweichlichten Städter. Doch die Verhältnisse wandeln sich: Wasserlöcher trocknen aus, … Continue reading

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Guest of Honor • 1993 • SF novelette by Robert Reed

★★★★★ Synopsis: Immortal humans don’t travel in space any more because it’s too dangerous. Instead, they amalgamate their characteristics to one clone and send it in teams on field trips. Pico returns home to her 63 parents from a decades … Continue reading

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