Category Archives: Science fiction

Short Story Round Up, Part 3

‘They’re Made of Meat’ by Terry Bisson Read January 2021 Recommended for fans of humor  ★     ★    ★    ★       It’s made of meat, and I still prefer not to eat it. “Do you have any … Continue reading

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The Seep by Chana Porter

Read February 2021  ★     ★     ★     ★     You probably read my book reviews to figure out whether or not a book should make it to your TBR list, and maybe even how soon you should read … Continue reading

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Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

Read February 2021  ★     ★     1/2 Originally published in 1986, ‘Tuf Voyaging’ contains seven stories largely published in Analog in 1985. You remember 1985, right? ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘A View to a Kill,’ AIDS, Gorbachev, New Coke, Nintendo, … Continue reading

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Hotshot by Peter Watts

Hm. This feels a little more fragment than full story, but I like it. The descriptions strongly recalled shades of Zelazny’s story about deep-sea fishing on Venus, The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth. It’s very much old-school … Continue reading

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Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of de Bodard  ★     ★     ★     ★   An unusual genre-bender set in de Bodard’s Xuya Universe. It combines sci-fi, a murder mystery and a bit of romance, wrapped in the feel … Continue reading

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of Chambers  ★     ★     1/2 A travelogue with frankly underdeveloped characters and a bonkers ending–and I don’t mean in the Gideon the Ninth kind of way. No, I mean in the Tana … Continue reading

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A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of empire sci-fi  ★     ★     ★     ★      ★   I am grateful that Martine’s A Desolation Called Peace came my way at the end of 2020 instead of during the … Continue reading

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The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson

Read November 2020 Recommended for fans of sci fi Earth, aliens  ★     ★     ★    ★  The second book in the Rosewater series, and really, you can’t read and understand this without reading the first, so I really wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read October 2020 Recommended for people who want a faster Book of Koli  ★     ★     ★     If I were a teacher, I’d say, “I expected better.” Comparisons are insidious, no doubt, but his book Children of Time … Continue reading

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Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Read October 2020 Recommended for fans of future Earth  ★     ★     ★     ★    It’s disingenuous to pretend we don’t select a book looking for a certain experience, and have a loose feel for the kind of … Continue reading

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