Category Archives: Science Fiction

Sea of Tranquility • 2022 • Time Travel novel by Emily St. John Mandel

  This rather short novel starts in 1912 when some exiled British youngster heads for British Columbia where he has a weird experience. The next part presents a woman talking to the brother of an estranged friend in 2020 NYC, … Continue reading

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Resilient • 2022 • Space Opera by Allen Stroud

★★★ Resilient is the second novel in Stroud’s new Space Opera series, after Fearless, which I liked quite a lot (review is here) for its high octane action. How does this successor fare? It starts at an unexpected place, the … Continue reading

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Grenzwelten • 2022 • Zwei Planetenromane von Ursula K. Le Guin

To my English speaking followers: This omnibus contains two novels, The Word for World is Forest and The Telling. Reviews for both are available via links in the titles. Ursula K. Le Guin ist nicht nur bekannt für ihre Erdsee-Fantasy … Continue reading

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Notes from the Burning Age • 2022 • Magical Futurism Novel by Claire North

Synopsis:  The “Burning Age” is our near future when the Earth itself rebels, using mystical nature spirits called the Kakuy “angels, or devils, guardian voi or djinn of fire and sea” to wipe away humanity by fire, plague, or simple … Continue reading

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The Telling • 2000 • Planetary romance novel by Ursula K. Le Guin

Synopsis This novel is set in the Hainish universe, Le Guin’s last novel in that cycle and also the first Hainish novel after her phenomenal The Dispossessed (my review). You can read it perfectly well as a standalone, although I … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Recommended Reading List

At the start of each year, Locus publishes a consensus list from several editors, columnists etc (like Strahan, Horton, Clarke,…) a list of recommended readings of the last year. If you’re looking for previous years: 2020 is here, and 2019 … Continue reading

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The Player of Games • 1988 • Space Opera novel by Iain M. Banks

First Sentence:  This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game. The man is a game-player called “Gurgeh”. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, … Continue reading

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Consider Phlebas • 1987 • Space Opera novel by Iain M. Banks

Synopsis: Horza Gobuchul is a humanoid Changer who fights on the side of the fanatic alien species, the Idirans, against The Culture.  As the novel opens, Horza is nearly drowning as a prisoner in the sewage. His latest spy mission … Continue reading

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A Gift from the Culture • 1987 • Space Opera short story by Iain M. Banks

First sentence: Money is a sign of poverty. Synopsis:  Wrobik Sennkil lives as a gambler in a world which isn’t far more advanced in technology as ours. He’s a transgender alien in that world, a renegade citizen of the far advanced … Continue reading

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Engine Summer • 1979 • Post-post apocalyptic novel by John Crowley

On my reading quest through Gollancz’s SF Masterworks, I encountered this post-post apocalyptic novel. Synopsis: It is a far future post-apocalyptic North America, a subgenre I like to call post-post apocalyptic, far away from any zombie apocalypse or deep impact … Continue reading

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