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The Snow Queen • 1980 • Science Fantasy novel by Joan D. Vinge

I’ve read and reviewed this novel in November 2013. Enjoy the unaltered text copied over from GoodReads. Wow, now look at that cover art by Michael Whelan! This Science Fantasy novel follows the plot line of Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow … Continue reading

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The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) • 2018 • Alternate History novel by Mary Robinette Kowal

How dare I rate this Hugo / Nebula / Locus / Sidewise Award winner with only 2.5 stars? Because I’m honest, because I often don’t match with popular opinion, and because I can’t shut my mouth talking about suboptimal works … Continue reading

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New York 2140 • 2017 • CliFi novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

I wrote this review in May 2017 at GoodReads. I thought it’s a good idea to transfer it to this blog as part of the other KSR book reviews. Water, water everywhere – do you want an impression how your … Continue reading

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Inhibitor Phase • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis: Inhibitors are alien machines which nearly extinguished humanity. The novel follows Miguel de Ruyter who fled to a reclused, battered world Michaelmas with his family and a small community. They smallest sign of technology would reactivate the Inhibitors attention … Continue reading

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The Lost Domain—Three Story Variations: Echo, The Saffron Gatherers, and Kronia  • 2005-2006 • Apocalyptic fiction short stories by Elizabeth Hand

★★★☆☆ This three different stories belong to a loosely coupled story series “The Lost Domain”, all about some sort of apocalypse. Another one, “Calypso in Berlin”, is missing in the collection.  “Echo” is a musing tale about an absolutely lonely, … Continue reading

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Agency • 2020 • Cyberpunk/Zeitreise-Roman von William Gibson

★★★★☆ Inhalt:  Die Sequel zu “The Peripheral” alterniert zwischen zwei Zeitsträngen: Wilf Netherton aus dem London des Jahres 2136 wird von der zwielichtigen “semimythischen autonomen Richterin-Vollstreckerin” Lowbeer beauftragt, sich in ins Jahr 2017 einzuschalten.  Am anderen Ende der Kommunikationsleitung sitzt … Continue reading

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The Peripheral • 2014 • Time Travel novel by William Gibson

★★★☆☆ Synopsis:  In a small rural town in the U.S., Flynne and her brother Burton are hired for a security job in cyberspace. Flynne witnesses a murder there and doesn’t think too much about it because it’s just a kind … Continue reading

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Neuromancer • 1984 • Cyberpunk novel by William Gibson

To celebrate the 750th post on this blog, I’ve re-read this subgenre-defining SF classic. ★★★★★ The journey: My world was completely different in 1987 – I was a teenager leaving SF pulp behind, looking for tasty literary stuff which felt … Continue reading

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Rosewater • 2018 (deutsch 2020) • First Contact SF Roman von Tade Thompson

★★★★☆ Inhalt: Aliens sind auf der Erde gelandet und haben eine Kuppel nahe Lagos in Nigeria errichtet, innerhalb derer sie sich aufhalten. Diese undurchdringliche Kuppel zog eine Menge Menschen an, die nach und nach eine Stadt wuchern ließ. „Rosewater“ als … Continue reading

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The Fractured Void • 2020 • Space Opera novel by Tim Pratt

★★★☆☆ Synopsis: Felix and his crew of two patrol around a backwater planet for the Mentak Coalition, a military force in the galaxy and known as pirates. Finally, their boredom is interrupted by a forceful abduction of a scientist from their … Continue reading

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