All Clear

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{5/5} “Maybe England was the front, and the real heroes were the Londoners sitting in those tube stations night after night, waiting to be blown to smithereens… And everyone on this train, waiting patiently for it to being moving again, not giving way to panic or the impulse to call Hitler and surrender just to […]

Blackout

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{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 […]

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 […]