Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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Turquoise Days • 2002 • Planetary Romance novella by Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis: Naqi lives on planet Turquoise, an oceanic world where the Pattern Jugglers live. They are aquatic alien entities capable of storing the neural patterns of human swimmers, preserving their memories and consciousness forever.Naqi’s sister is a rare case of … Continue reading

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New Light on the Drake Equation • 2001 • Near Future SF novella by Ian R. MacLeod

★★★☆☆ First sentence:  As he did on the first Wednesday of every month, after first finishing off the bottle of wine he’d fallen asleep with, then drinking three bleary fingers of absinthe, and with an extra slug for good measure, Tom … Continue reading

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Tendeléo’s Story • 2000 • First contact novella by Ian McDonald

Synopsis: The Chaga, an alien lifeform spreads out on the Southern hemisphere, eat up the native flora and fauna and turn it into a completely different landscape. Each day, it moves forward 50 meters. and nothing can stop the alien … Continue reading

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Oceanic • 1998 • Planetary Romance novella by Greg Egan

★★★★☆ First paragraph:  The swell was gently lifting and lowering the boat. My breathing grew slower, falling into step with the creaking of the hull, until I could no longer tell the difference between the faint rhythmic motion of the … Continue reading

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