Author Archives: Andreas

The Four Profound Weaves • 2020 • Fantasy novella by R.B. Lemberg

The Four Profound Weaves. A carpet of wind, a carpet of sand, a carpet of song, and a carpet of bones. Change, wanderlust, hope, and death. Synopsis: The Four Profound Weaves follows a nameless man and Uiziya, two 63 years … Continue reading

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The Pill • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Meg Elison

I hope you don’t mind me calling the protagonists in this story “fat” instead of some cultivated term paraphrasing extreme forms of obesity. One, I’m a German guy culturally tending towards direct aggressive terminology. Two, the main protagonists thinks of … Continue reading

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Stepsister • 2020 • Fairy tale novelette by Leah Cypess

Synopsis: The story follows Garrin’s perspective of what happens five years after Cinderella’s wedding. Garrin is the half-brother and best friend of prince Charming, now King Ciar. Both fear and love drive Garrin to be absolutely loyal to Ciar, although … Continue reading

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2021 Hugo Award Finalists

Today is 13.04.2021, and the Hugo Awards finalists have just been announced. The winners will be presented quite late at this year’s DisCon III 15.-19.12.2021. (Well, that gives us room to read through the nominations, right?) My plan is to … Continue reading

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The Prestige • 1995 • SF Fantasy Horror novel by Christopher Priest

Synopsis: Two world-class prestidigitators feud each other in fin-de-siècle London. Rupert Angier is a disinherited aristocrat starting his career with lucrative séances for grieving families. Alfred Borden is his opponent, a creative working-class magician frustrated by Angier’s unethical exploitations.  The rivalry … Continue reading

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Shadow Prisons • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a harsher form of the Chinese social credit system is implemented. The reader witnesses the system becoming deployed with the help of glasses and implants for augmented reality. They make the whole world look pretty … Continue reading

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Tower of Mud and Straw • 2020 • Gaslamp Fantasy novella by Yaroslav Barsukov

Synopsis: Former minister of internal affairs Shea Ashcroft was banned from the capitol to see to the completion of an anti-airship tower just at the border to the nation of Duma. The paranoid duke doesn’t like to have someone placed … Continue reading

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Two Truths and a Lie • 2020 • Horror novelette by Sarah Pinsker

Synopsis: Stella is in her 40s. She helps an old high-school friend cleaning out his late brother’s house. She’s only there for one day but that turns out horrific in several ways. First, the brother was a compulsive hoarder with … Continue reading

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Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super • 2020 • Superhero novelette by A.T. Greenblatt

First sentence: Watch Sam burn. Or sort of burn. Well, more like light up, then burn. But only his head. Synopsis: Sam has a weak power which he barely can control. A video of his spontaneous combustion went viral, cost him … Continue reading

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I’m Waiting for You And Other Stories • 2021 • Collection by Kim Bo-Young

South Korea is uncharted territory for me. I happily welcome author Kim Bo-Young to her first publication in the Western world. In South Korea, she’s a renowned author, has her own wikipedia-entry there (I guess, you’ll need to google-translate that).  … Continue reading

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