Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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Beyond the Hallowed Sky • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Ken MacLeod

Many Space Operas start off with a colonized galaxy based on Faster Than Light (FTL) travel. There aren’t many which investigate the invention of FTL, and none that I know of is set in our near future. MacLeod produces an … Continue reading

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Noor • 2021 • Cyberpunk Africanfuturism novel by Nnedi Okorafor

Synopsis: This very short novel is set in a near-future Nigeria, governed by an overreaching government under the influence of a highly innovative mega-corporation “Ultima Corp” which clearly resembles Amazon, just shying away from naming it.  The narration follows main … Continue reading

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

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Winners have been 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. Some reviews are already available, mostly … Continue reading

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The Butcher of Anderson Station • 2011 • Military SF novelette by James S.A. Corey

Synopsis:  Colonel Frederick Lucius Johnson from Earth subsequently visits Belter bars obviously trying to get himself killed by OPA (Outer Planets Alliance) people. They only know him as the “Butcher of Anderson Station” while at the same time he is celebrated … Continue reading

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Rachel in Love • 1987 • Transhumanism novelette by Pat Murphy

First sentence: It is a Sunday morning in summer and a small brown chimpanzee named Rachel sits on the living room floor of a remote ranch house on the edge of the Painted Desert. She is watching a Tarzan movie on … Continue reading

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The Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels • 2007 • SF anthology by Gardner Dozois

Dozois published 35 annual anthologies with his selection of the best SF stories of the previous year. He concentrated those 35 books even further down to three volumes by selecting the best stories: The first anthology covering 1983-2002, then this one … Continue reading

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