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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 — […]

Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds

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{4.5/5} “Having participated in numerous first contact situations over the course of his career, he always tried to wonder what the representatives of the other party were thinking during the opening moments of such a meeting. Fear? Uncertainty? Anticipation or hope? Picard had seen all of those reactions and everything in between.” Star Trek: TNG […]

Children of God

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{4.5/5} “I was willing to hear this song, because I had once yearned for a world in which lives would be governed not by lineage and lust and moribund law, but by love and loyalty. In this one valley, such lives are possible… If it is a mistake to hope for such a world, then […]

The Windup Girl

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{4.5/5} “And yet here the foreign devil sits, complaining about the tiny prick of a needle, but completely unconcerned that he has destroyed a ten-ton animal in the blink of an eye. The yang guizi are strange creatures indeed. More alien than he suspected, even when he traded with them regularly.” The Windup Girl by […]

The Sparrow

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{5/5} “Since proposing the mission, Emilio had been take aback by the pace of things… And if the speed of events scared him, the precision with which the pieces were falling into place was even more unnerving. He went sleepless, unable to decide which was harder to live with: the idea that he had started […]