Blackout

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “He told me… having two historians in the same temporal and spatial location was too dangerous, which is ridiculous. It isn’t as if we’d run into each other — there were thousands of people in Trafalgar Square on VE-Day. And even if we did, what does he think we’d do? Shout, ‘Oh, my, another […]

Last Year

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{4.5/5} “But visitors don’t get into the City for free, do they? The price is paid in gold and silver, and all that gold and silver goes straight to the so-called future, where it lines somebody’s pocket. How they came here is difficult to understand; what they want of us is not.” Last Year by […]

Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault

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{4.5/5} “Elaine might look like an eighteen-year-old with a fifty-year-old’s haircut, but on a scale of ambition from one to ten, where one was a doorknob and ten was a great white shark, Elaine would use the doorknob to beat the shark to death.” All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner, […]

Star Trek: Unspoken Truth

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{4.5/5} “‘Unpleasant truths are best left unspoken…’ She raised one hand in a gesture her mentor T’Pau was noted for, but T’Saan wore it more gently than the old aristocrat ever had. ‘Your concern for her safety is noted. You are as protective of her today as you were when you were children.’” Star Trek: […]

Heaven’s Reach

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{4.5/5} “It occurred to me that I was privileged at that moment to witness four of the great Orders of Life in action at the same instant. Hydrogen breathers, machine intelligences, oxy-creatures like myself, and the ‘retired’ phylum — beings who built on such a scale that they thought nothing of husbanding a star like […]

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

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

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. […]