Category Archives: Science Fiction

2021 Word Fantasy Award Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Finalists have been announced ! The winners will be announced during the World Fantasy Convention, 4.-7.11.2021. I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. I don’t exactly plan to read through everything. … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2021 Locus Awards Winners have been announced! I wanted to review at least the short works, but didn’t make it through. Sorry about that, but cat business got in the way.  Here are all the winners and finalists from … Continue reading

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If You Take My Meaning • 2020 • Tentacle Romance novelette by Charlie Jane Anders

First sentence: They woke up stuck together again, still halfway in a shared dream, as the city blared to life around them. Synopsis: Alyssa is about to become a biological body enhancement from an alien race in the form of … Continue reading

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Mockingbird • 1980 • Dystopian novel by Walter Tevis

Synopsis:  Human culture is degrading heavily in the 25th century. No one can read or write anymore. People use narcotics to concentrate on themselves, talking to authors or showing emotions is considered an unacceptable intrusion in others’ privacy. There are … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales for Robots • SF novelette by Sofia Samatar

First sentence: 1. Sleeping Beauty. Dear Child, I would like to tell you a story. Synopsis: The human narrator addresses her robotic creation as a child in the night just before it will wake up. She spends the entire night telling … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Andy Weir

Synopsis:  He wakes up but can’t remember, not even his name. Robots take care of him. Where is he? Why feels everything so heavy? He starts measuring, experimenting, because he can. What on Earth makes a constant 1.5g acceleration possible? … Continue reading

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In the Lands of the Spill • 2020 • Posthuman short story Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: It was a quiet stretch of the Red River: glistening waters that parted under my legs, and the damaged karst pillars rising on either side of me like fallen fortresses, and the remnants of the pre-Spill factories: the sharp … Continue reading

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50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know • 2020 • Near Future SF short story by Ken Liu

First sentence: WHEEP-3 (“Dr. Weep”), probably the most renowned AI AI-critic of the last two decades, was retired by the Shallow Laboratory at Stanford University last Wednesday. Synopsis: WHEEP-3 was created by Dr Tran as a teaching assistant for Stanford’s … Continue reading

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Der goldene Kompass • 1995 • Sci-Fi Novel by Philip Pullman

Synopse: In einer Welt, in der die Seelen der Menschen – Dæmonen genannt – in der Form von Tieren außerhalb des Körpers existieren, ist das Magisterium an der Macht, welches die herrschende Behörde der Heiligen Kirche ist. In dieser Welt … Continue reading

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The Best of World SF • 2021 • SF and Fantasy anthology by Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar put together 26 speculative short fictions, mostly from SF subgenre. None of the stories is from a U.S. or UK author, so you’ll get some non-traditional story telling with exotic settings and cultural influences.  Tidhar is well established … Continue reading

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