Second Foundation

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{5/5} “If a sizable group of human beings learned of  key details of the Plan, their actions would be governed by that knowledge and would no longer be random in the meaning of the axioms of Psychohistory. In other words, they would no longer be perfectly predictable.” Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1953 […]

Foundation and Empire

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{4.5/5} “Psycho-history… proved itself the most powerful instrument ever invented for the study of humanity. Without pretending to predict the actions of individual humans, it formulated definite laws capable of mathematical analysis and extrapolation to govern and predict the mass action of human groups.” Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov, published in 1952 The Empire […]

Foundation

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{4.5/5} “We are at a delicate moment in history. The huge, onrushing mass of events must be deflected just a little — just a little. It cannot be much, but it may be enough to remove twenty-nine thousand years of misery from human history.” Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1951 Hari Seldon, using the […]

The Medusa Chronicles

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{4.5/5} “We’re both in the same boat, aren’t we? Both having lived long enough to become more than a little embarrassing to our peers. Me because I’ve shown a touch too much sympathy for Machines over the years, you maybe because you’ve spent much too long in the presence of ideological contaminants like me.” The […]

Ysabel

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{4.5/5} “You were sitting where you could grab a Coke from the fridge and listen to U2 on your headphones, and then you were in a place where a bull had just been sacrificed and a man had drunk its blood and summoned a woman to life, between fires.” Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, published […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Drastic Measures

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{4.5/5} “Ribiero simply wasn’t suited to crisis management. On the other hand, Kodos acted as though he was born to do it. Looking back on it, he came off somewhat less emphatic than I remember. Instead, he was cool, almost detached in a way… If only one of us had been smart enough to see […]

Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War

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{4.5/5} “If you’re selling flotation devices, you add a markup when the customer’s drowning. Any Ferengi child knows that… At least they used to, before Nagus Rom and all his fairness and equality claptrap.” Star Trek: Titan — Fortune of War by David Mack, published in 2017 Twenty years ago the Husnock were obliterated — […]

Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin

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{4.5/5} “He wondered how he would be remembered, and what history would say about his role in ending the tyranny that the Avatar brought with her. Many had interpreted The Book of Ohalu, but none had read the prophecies with the clarity and understanding that he finally had.” Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin […]

Faller

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{4.5/5} “As he raised his head he caught Storm’s eye; from the layers of expression crossing her face, Faller suspected she almost believed him now, and everything she thought she’d known about the world was collapsing.” Faller by Will McIntosh, published in 2016 The world used to be bigger. But no one knows what happened […]

Four Ways to Forgiveness

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{5/5} “Peace was the true life, the life of working and learning and bringing up children to work and learn. War, which devoured work, learning, and children, was the denial of reality.” Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1995 In “Betrayals” Yoss’s daughter and her family have gone off world […]