Sundiver

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{4/5} “To my knowledge, mankind is the first case in which there exists the intriguing possibility of evolved intelligence. As I am sure you know, this idea violates several well-established principles of our biological science. Yet some of your anthropologists’ arguments possess startling self-consistency.” Sundiver by David Brin, published in 1980 It’s been reported that […]

City of Truth

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{4.5/5} “Like many boys of my generation, I dreamed of becoming an art critic one day: the pure primal thrill of attacking a painting, the sheer visceral kick of savaging a movie or a poem. In my case, however, the dream turned into reality, for by my twenty-second year I was employed as a deconstructionist […]

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

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{4.5/5} “I think you have realised that machines don’t forget, even if you do. I want you to listen to the sound of my voice, when I’m gone. My name is Hope. I want you to remember my words. These words are the only part of me that exists. Do not follow. Do not try […]

The Black Unicorn

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{4/5} “It had been necessary to become the Paladin in order to survive, and he had therefore done what was necessary. But the transformation had been a frightening thing, a shedding of his own skin, a crawling into someone else’s — someone or something.” The Black Unicorn by Terry Brooks, published in 1987 Ben, Questor, […]

Magic Kingdom For Sale — Sold!

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{4/5} “Sterling Silver, like Landover, is in need of a King. The castle fails without one. Your presence within the castle renews her life. When you make her your home, that life will be fully sustained once more.” Magic Kingdom For Sale — Sold! by Terry Brooks, published in 1986 Ben Holiday lost his wife […]

Aurora

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{4.5/5} “There were always only a few people alive in the ship at any given time who had a real understanding of how the quantum computer worked, or even what it was. Now that group was smaller than ever before. In fact maybe no one had ever understand what it was.” Aurora by Kim Stanley […]

A Play of Shadow

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{4/5} “The Verge didn’t have night as the girl’s world experienced it, with its darkness and damp. Instead, here was the dimming, when the quality of light went from gloriously fierce, dragon scale taking fire and rock faces bleached to bone, to soft and subtle and sly. The silver mimrol of river and lake reflected […]

Children of Time

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{5/5} “It should have seemed just days before, according to his personal waking history but, as he had noticed last time, there was clearly something imperfect about suspension. Certainly, Holstein could not feel the centuries that had passed since they abandoned Earth, but something in his mind acknowledged that lost time: the sense of a […]

The Dragon’s Eye

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{4/5} “He pointed east, where a green-tinged dot, so dazzling that a glimpse was enough to hurt one’s retina, climbed above the horizon. The Eye of the Dragon: the other star in the Epsilon Bootis binary, a blazing A2 blue-white dwarf. Within all the windows flashed a fluorescing message: DO NOT LOOK AT THE EYE […]

Touch

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{4.5/5} “Naturally, should you pursue those who would pursue me, I would be a hypocrite to offer anything but my grateful thanks. Yet my thanks would be, I think, premature. For there is a near-infinity of men and women who are fearful and wish me harm, but only ever one of me, standing in the […]