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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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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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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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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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