Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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Fearless • 2020 • Space Opera by Allen Stroud

★★★★ Human colonies on Moon, Mars, Ceres, and Europa need to be supported by the Fleet. Captain Shann and her crew patrol the space traffic to provide roadside assistance in case of emergencies. During the acceleration on the way to … Continue reading

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Star Trek Picard – Die letzte und einzige Hoffnung • 2020 • SF von Una McCormack

★★★+ Die Amazon Prime-Serie um den ehemaligen Star Trek Enterprise-Kapitän Jean-Luc Picard verwirrte mich anfangs. Da kam diese Vorgeschichte in Buchform wie gerufen, denn sie erzählt, wie Picard die größte Rettungsmission aller Zeiten leitete: 900 Millionen Romulaner mussten aus ihrem … Continue reading

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The Doors of Eden • 2020 • SF novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky

★★★★ Two British girls Lee and Mal write articles for Fortean Times which specializes on speculations about anomalous phenomena, Cryptozoology (think of Yetis), or conspiracy theories. Out in the Wales landscape, they encounter a mysterious bird man, and it seems … Continue reading

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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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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 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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