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The Diary of the Rose • 1976 • Dystopian novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★★   In a despotic government, minds need to be aligned to a canon of orthodox thoughts and beliefs, intellectuals might be electroshocked out of their minds. This story investigates the relationship between a “criminal” Flores Sorde, and his psychotherapeutic … Continue reading

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Conditionally Human • 1952 • SF novella by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

★★★ Summary: The overcrowded world led to family planning policy similar to China’s one-child policy. To satisfy the parental instinct of women, they get “neuts” as a replacement for own children: chimps have been genetically altered in such a way, that … Continue reading

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Penric’s Mission • 2016 • Fantasy novella by Lois McMaster Bujold

★★★+ Learned Penric has been living together with his embedded demon Desdemona since more than ten years in the World of Five Gods. They are an established team, know how to work with each other, having survived several adventures – … Continue reading

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Artemis • 2017 • Hard SF novel by Andy Weir

★★★★ To those who liked The Martian novel or movie and wonder if the author can do it again: Yes, he does. He delivers the same funny, sly dialogs, the same Hard SF background, the same level of reckless last … Continue reading

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The New Voices of Fantasy • 2017 • Fantasy anthology by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

★★★★ Summary: Do you want to learn about the new kids on the block? This anthology gives a very good answer: it collects nineteen stories from the last five years. The editors provide great introductions to every story and gathered a … Continue reading

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The Witchwood Crown • 2017 • Fantasy novel by Tad Williams

★★★★ Some 30 years ago, Tad Williams started his Osten Ard  series with The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, and concluded it in 1993 with To Green Angel Tower. I never expected him to return to this wonderful world and … Continue reading

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The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy 2017 • SF&F anthology by Rich Horton

Today, this Year’s Best Of anthology by Rich Horton is published. It is one really large collection featuring 30 stories on 576 pages. This year, it overlaps with Strahan’s annual Best Of in only three stories from MacLeod, Valentine, and … Continue reading

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Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers • 2015 • Vampire short story by Alyssa Wong

★★★★★ Summary:  Jenny tinders around not for one-night stands but to feed off the dark emotions and thoughts of her dates. After having had her first killer she knew why her mother taught her to stay with petty criminals: Nothing tastes … Continue reading

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The Best of Subterranean • 2017 • SF&F anthology by William Schafer

★★★+ Summary: Once, there was a great SF&F magazine from Subterranean Press, publishing reviews, news, and stories between 2005 and its final issue in 2014. What you will find here is an anthology of 30 stories spread over some 750 pages from … Continue reading

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A Long Walk Home • 2011 • SF novelette by Jay Lake

★★★ Summary:  On a distant planet and future, suddenly all the electronics are fried. A prospecting “Howard”, one of the genetically enhanced, nearly immortal humans, finds himself stranded all alone on a planet. He has to build a routine surviving the loneliness. … Continue reading

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