Archiv der Kategorie: Science Fiction

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius • 1941 • Magical Realism short story by Jorge Luis Borges

★★★★★ A 17th century secret society „Orbis Tertius“ invents a fictional planet called Tlön and wills it into existence through cultural force. In this century long act, our culture changes also. The main story is set in 1940 when the story … Weiterlesen

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Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind • 2007 • Post Apocalyptic short story by Rachel Swirsky

★★+ Summary: An asteroid ended human civilization, together with atomar fallouts and biological epidemia. This is the story of many lasts – the two last humans, one Aborigines girl and a man in Tibet, but also the last artist, the … Weiterlesen

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The Seventeenth Kind • 2011 • SF novelette by Michael Marshall Smith

★★★+ Summary: A charismatic shopping channel presenter has to stretch the limits of his moderating capabilities when an alien calls in. Review: The author shows his funny side in this QVC satire. It has been adapted as a half hour movie … Weiterlesen

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The Microscopic Giants • 1936 • SF short story by Paul Ernst

★★+ Summary: Mines are driven ever deeper because the world needs copper in the late phase of WWII. Shoed footprints of the size of three inches are found down there. Two engineers go down and discover one and half foot … Weiterlesen

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The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World • 1967 • SF Horror novelette by Harlan Ellison

★★★ Synopsis:  Serial killer Jack the Ripper appears in an utopian sterile futuristic city, committing one of his famous killings, returning to 1888 Whitechapel district in London where he continues killing. People from the future inhabit his mind to enjoy and comment … Weiterlesen

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Perfidia • 2006 • thriller novelette by Lewis Shiner

★★★★ Summary: On December 15, 1944, famous jazz musician Glen Miller disappeared over the English Channel on a flight between London and Paris. There are doubts on that official report and this story is telling a somewhat different tale. Antiques collector Frank Delacorte … Weiterlesen

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Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight • 1987 • Magical Realism novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin

★★★★★   “You fell out of the sky,” the coyote said. Somewhere in the Southwestern US desert, little girl Myra survives a plane crash and drops from our ordinary reality into the mythic world of native magical animals. She becomes … Weiterlesen

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The Last Poet and the Robots • 1934 • SF short story by A. Merritt

★★ Narodny, the „last poet“, has evolved to a god-like state. He and a small, selected handful of scientists separated from the rest of the world and built a world of caverns where they create aesthetic experiments. Historical screen plays … Weiterlesen

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The Dispatcher • 2017 • novella by John Scalzi

★★ It isn’t as easy anymore as it was previously to kill someone: All of a sudden, murdered people don’t die any more but just vanish and reappear naked at home. This phenomenon established a whole new profession: Dispatchers kill … Weiterlesen

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

★★★★ This story is no story, it has no plot, no main character. It describes in vivid descriptions a philosophical concept which is an extension of William James’s essay The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life: an utopia which relies on … Weiterlesen

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