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

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Finalists have been announced ! The winners will be 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. … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2021 Locus Awards Winners have been announced! I wanted to review at least the short works, but didn’t make it through. Sorry about that, but cat business got in the way.  Here are all the winners and finalists from … Continue reading

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Mockingbird • 1980 • Dystopian novel by Walter Tevis

Synopsis:  Human culture is degrading heavily in the 25th century. No one can read or write anymore. People use narcotics to concentrate on themselves, talking to authors or showing emotions is considered an unacceptable intrusion in others’ privacy. There are … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Andy Weir

Synopsis:  He wakes up but can’t remember, not even his name. Robots take care of him. Where is he? Why feels everything so heavy? He starts measuring, experimenting, because he can. What on Earth makes a constant 1.5g acceleration possible? … Continue reading

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The Ninth Metal • 2021 • SF Western novel by Benjamin Percy

Synopsis: Earth crossed a comet’s debris field and down came wondrous omnimetal which is a perfect energy source but can also be consumed as a drug. The story follows John Frontier, heir to a iron-mining dynasty in Minnesota. He returns … Continue reading

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The Green • 2012 • Planetary Horror short story by Lauren Beukes

First sentence: The Pinocchios are starting to rot. Synopsis: Coco Yengko has been recruited from slums to harvest Pharma specimen from an extremely dangerous alien planet. Many co-workers have found death by the aggressive biosphere. Anything slipping past the filters or … Continue reading

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Shards of Earth • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Synopsis: Earth has been destroyed eighty years ago by a Moon large being. They are called “Architects” because they don’t just crush planets but turn them inside out to wondrous, horrific forms as depicted in the cover. Earth hasn’t been … Continue reading

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How to Mars • 2021 • Planetary Romance novel by David Ebenbach

Synopsis: The Destination Mars! corporation sends six scientists on a one-way ticket to Mars in exchange for a lifetime of research. They are the stars of a reality television which soon gets old for the broader audience. Not instantly, because … Continue reading

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The Bank of Burkina Faso • 2012 • Magical realism short story by Ekaterina Sedia

Synopsis: Did you ever get one of those spam mails urging you to help with money transfer from a foreign bank? You won’t believe this story then. Because it’s the tale of the exiled Prince of Burundi, now residing in … Continue reading

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DUMP • 2018 • Cyberpunk short story by Cristina Jurado

Synopsis: Naima lives at the bottom of society as one of the ‘Rats’ who sieve through plastic garbage. Either that or providing dubious services to people higher in the pecking order. Sibilo had loathed seeing her suck him off with … Continue reading

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