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: 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 […]

Space Opera

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{4.5/5} “On her journey here she’d met cyborgs and foreigners and artificial intelligences and several sorts of alien — some familiar, at least from media coverage of the hajj, and some strange — but it was the extra├▒ados that bothered her the most. It was hard to come to terms with the idea of humans […]

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

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{5/5} “There are no heroes, Tian Haoli. Grand Secretary Shi was both courageous and cowardly, capable and foolish. Wang Xiuchu was both an opportunistic survivor and a man of greatness of spirit. I’m mostly selfish and vain, but sometimes even I surprise myself. We’re all just ordinary men — well, I’m an ordinary demon — […]

Elements

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{4.5/5} “Alone, she fled Boston, making her way from culverts to abandoned sheds, hiding from the world while building her own place in it. Living off the grid meant no formal education, no military training, no family, no friends. She had constructed a hole in the world and waited for me to join her.” Elements […]

Some Remarks

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{4.5/5} “You can write a minimalist short story that’s set in a trailer park or a Connecticut suburb that might be considered a literary masterpiece or well-regarded by literary types, but science fiction people wouldn’t find it very interesting unless it had somewhere in it a cool idea that would make them say, ‘That’s interesting. […]

A War of Gifts

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{4.5/5} “In the face of a threat to the survival of the species, all these planetside trivialities are put aside until the crisis passes.” A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card, published in 2007 This is a story that takes place when Ender is at Battle School in the novel Ender’s Game. The focus […]

Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon

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{4/5} “We abhor violence. The fact that you can be induced to inflict it upon yourselves, is, to us, proof that you are food, less-than-Krundai. If you and other races did not spare us the necessity, we should be forced to kill our own food like beasts. But the Great Brood saw our needs and […]

Gold

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{4.5/5} “It seems to me, then, that the best one can do is to present one’s story as a struggle between sides which are both mixtures of good and evil (thus placing it somewhere between the extremes of utopia and dystopia), and don’t make the odds overwhelming in either direction. One can then proceed to […]