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Book review: The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken

A fast-paced heist on a galactic scale, a universe full of wildly imaginative human variants, and a narrative with a tight internal logic all combine to form a very entertaining book, which almost reaches my imaginary rank of a modern … Continue reading

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Book review: Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire 1) by Yoon Ha Lee

This short and relatively inoffensive book has become quite polarizing in the SF circles. Some fans loved the novel enough to nominate it for the Hugo award. Others were dismayed by the needlessly difficult writing style. I see it as … Continue reading

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Flash review: Victory Citrus is Sweet by Thoraiya Dyer

This short story (missing the novelette category by a mere 15 words) has an interesting premise, a quirky central character and a hint of a redemption arc. It is a fun, quick read. However, if one thinks about it a … Continue reading

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Book review: The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Wayfarers 4) by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers has become a household name for those who look for light, uplifting science fiction reading. Her style has been coined “Cozy-Punk” by some, and I wholeheartedly agree. Readers who pick up her latest Wayfarers novel know very well … Continue reading

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Book review: Inhibitor Phase (Revelation Space 4) by Alastair Reynolds

Nearly two decades after the last novel from the main Revelation Space storyline, Reynolds returns with a book that’s even more expansive and bleak than the ones before. With new and some very old characters, Inhibitor Phase can be read … Continue reading

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Book review: Angles of Attack (Frontlines 3) by Marko Kloos

The Frontlines series is somewhat original by portraying its protagonists as human, with their failings, desires and small joys, and by strictly using the point of view of its central character.  There are no supermen, no overall strategic landscape from … Continue reading

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Book review: Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

The second book in the Inspector Dreyfus Emergency series brings back the old characters, throws in a couple of new ones and invents not one, but two emergencies for the people policing the ten thousand independent habitats in the Glitter … Continue reading

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Classic Review: Babel-17 by Samuel L. Delany

This compact novel feels way ahead of its time.  It has an ambiance in the best tradition of Cordwainer Smith, it reminds me of the modern works of Alastair Reynolds, it explores an ancient idea that was immensely popularized in … Continue reading

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Book review: In Fury Born by David Weber

In Fury Born has everything a fan of action science fiction could ask for.  A sprawling space opera.  Strong and personable characters.  Intense combat with set pieces that jump straight from the pages.  Emotionally charged aftermath that may be difficult … Continue reading

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Book review: Dawn (Legend of the Galactic Heroes 1) by Yoshiki Tanaka

A space opera for younger readers, which is eminently readable, Dawn is the answer to the question nobody cared to ask: How would a John Scalzi book look without all the edginess and curse words?  The end result is a … Continue reading

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