Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse

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{5/5} “Now, why don’t you explain just what Bea told you about our operation, and maybe I’ll consider not killing you all on the spot.” Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse by Chris Roberson et al, published in 2017 Bea has been taken by the Alliance. In order to free her Mal decides to temporarily […]

Science fiction is good for you

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Here are a couple of different perspectives on this topic. First, Rebecca J. Rosen on The Atlantic reports on research that suggests that reading SF can give inventors new ideas — and also anticipate the consequences of new technologies. A quotation from Dan Novy: “Fiction allows you to live more lives in the space-time of […]

Infinity’s Shore

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{4.5/5} “The Tabernacle colonists dreamed of escaping to some place out of sight of bureaucrats and Galactic clans — a place to breed freely and fulfill the old romance of colonizing a frontier. In contrast, your Danik forbears rushed to embrace a tall tale they were told by a band of smooth talkers. A flattering […]

Star Trek: DTI — Shield of the Gods

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{4.5/5} “You wound me, Miss — ah, Agent Garcia. I learned my lesson the last time. Rule of Acquisition Number 248: ‘The definition of insanity is trying the same failed scheme and expecting different results.’” Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations — Shield of the Gods by Christopher L. Bennett, published in 2017 Daiyar, a […]

Star Trek: DTI — Time Lock

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{4.5/5} “I have just activated the Vault’s time lock protocol. This is a time dilation field designed to slow time within the facility at a geometrically progressing rate… That means that, from our perspective, those Starfleet reinforcements are coming faster by the moment.” Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations — Time Lock by Christopher L. […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Desperate Hours

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{4.5/5} “Burnham headed for the transporter room, where her next official duty would be to welcome to the Shenzhou the one person in the galaxy she had hoped never to see again, and who would now be coming aboard at her invitation. I get the distinct impression this constitutes a working definition of irony.” Star […]

Star Trek: DTI — The Collectors

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{4.5/5} “Oh, for — Gariff, stand up and open your eyes. If it’ll make you feel better, I promise to wipe your memory before I send you back. But right now I may need you. This isn’t the right timeline.” Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations — The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett, published in […]

A Natural History of Dragons

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{4.5/5} “Matters which seem terribly important in the early days of such a journey (what will people back home say?) fade into triviality with the passage of time. It has the consequent effect of making one question how vital those matters truly are — which goes some way toward explaining my increasingly extravagant behaviour, as […]

Brightness Reef

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{4.5/5} “Are we unique? In some Galactic languages, the question does not even parse as sane. One can find a precedent for anything in the archives of a billion years.” Brightness Reef by David Brin, published in 1995 The world Jijo has been declared fallow by the Galactics. But members of 6 races landed there […]

Star Trek: DS9 — Enigma Tales

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{4.5/5} “In the enigma tale as we have known it… we have evidence that literature — that art — encodes into itself, despite all attempts at extirpation, critiques of the world in which it is created. In the enigma tale these authors tried to address — through the medium of the puzzle, the riddle — […]