Category Archives: Science Fiction

Invisible People • 2020 • Near Future SF novelette by Nancy Kress

★★★★☆ Synopsis:  Kenly is an adopted daughter, and “everything parents hope for: kind, hones, smart, sunny“. The happy family live turns when FBI special agents tell the parents that Kenly’s been gen altered causing her to take risky behavior. Behind … Continue reading

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The Hair Carpet Weavers • 1995 • SF novel by Andreas Eschbach

★★★★★ German SF books? You don’t see them very often translated to a broader public in English. I’ve read Eschbach’s Das Jesus Video before, which is a kind of time-travel story, and very well-known in Germany – it even has … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home • 1973 • Collection by James Tiptree Jr

★★★☆☆ What a fascinating life! The author was a high ranked officer during WWII, worked for the CIA in the 50s, went back to school, achieved a bachelor of arts, and achieved a doctorate in psychology in the 60s. Unsure, … Continue reading

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Trafalgar • 1979 • SF novel by Angélica Gorodischer

★★★+☆☆ Trafalgar Medrano is an intergalactic trader and a storyteller, visiting the cafés of Rosario, Argentina, to tell his friends his wild, absurd adventures on planets unknown to others and very far away. The novel is constructed out of a … Continue reading

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2020 Hugo Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2020 Hugo Award Winners have been announced at ConZealand None of my favorites have won, which proves once again that I have a different taste and opinion than average Hugo voters. I extract only a few categories which are interesting … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit – Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts • 2016 • Clifi short story by Ken Liu

★★★+☆☆ Synopsis: Around the year 2650, the Earth is in a sorry state: all glaciers have melted, drowning shore cities under 100 meters rising sea levels. Temperature isn’t bearable in equator regions any more, corals are at home in the … Continue reading

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Beam Us Home • 1969 • SF short story by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★★+☆☆ Synopsis: Hobie is an intellectual gifted boy who believes he is a crew member from Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, sent down to Earth to observe history. He joins Air Force and later is accepted into the astronaut training program. … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Stay and Fight • 2018 • Utopia short story by N. K. Jemisin

★★★+☆☆ Synopsis: The people of Um-Helat live in a Africanfuturism utopia – everyone is happy, people fly around with their wings, everyone is equally valued, life is full of you. But dystopia is near, as that world is connected to … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas • 1973 • Utopia short story by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★★ Synopsis: The seaside city Omelas is a blissful and heavenly utopia: people are happy, there is no violence, or terror, things are good, The Festival of Summer is running. But the easy living comes with a price: one single … Continue reading

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2020 World Fantasy Awards Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

The 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced! Winners will be announced during the virtual WFC convention 29.10.2020. I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. Here are all the nominees from short to long story … Continue reading

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