Star Trek: Enterprise — Rosetta

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{4.5/5} “What is going to happen when we meet up with an alien race that doesn’t have two arms and two legs and doesn’t think like we do, doesn’t organize concepts the way we do?” Star Trek: Enterprise — Rosetta by Dave Stern, published in 2006 The Enterprise comes across aliens who make it clear […]

Star Trek TNG: Indistinguishable from Magic

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{4.5/5} “It’s a sad truth, and one with no consolation to it, that someone must always be the last casualty of a war. All too often it’s an even more unfortunate truth that the last casualty of a war occurs after the armistice has been signed.” Star Trek: The Next Generation — Indistinguishable from Magic […]

Crosstalk

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{4.5/5} “Marie Claire thought he spent too much time on his smartphone (and not enough listening to her fret about Maeve), Kathleen thought he was too rich and good-looking to still be single and therefore had to be hiding something, and even Maeve, who usually sided with Briddey in family debates, had made a face […]

Counting Heads

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{4.5/5} “Bogdan dismissed the bee and continued his stroll along the arcade yelling ‘Desist, desist’ every few meters. The bees weren’t the only annoyance. There were more hollyholo sims than real people, and they cleverly tried to lure him into their public melodramas by asking him for directions to this or that building.” Counting Heads […]

A Closed and Common Orbit

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{4.5/5} “She had no business being out among sapiens, masquerading as one of them. She wasn’t one of them, and she couldn’t even keep up that pretence while walking through a crowd. How long until someone asked her a question that would get Pepper and Blue in trouble?” A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky […]

Star Trek: Enterprise — By the Book

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{4.5/5} “It was clear that the Vulcans disapproved of many human traits, much in the same way Archer disapproved of the Fazi need for structure. Was this part of first contact as well, learning to step over your own likes and dislikes to see a culture for what it was, not what you wanted it […]

Earth

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{4.5/5} “He was watching the Earth roll by. The planet filled half the sky, stretching toward distant hazy horizons. Directly below paraded a vastly bright panorama that never repeated itself, highlighted topographies that were ever-familiar and yet always startling.” Earth by David Brin, published in 1990 Alex created a tiny black hole in a controlled […]

Nova

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{3/5} “Whenever I’ve experienced a re-run, they’ve cut out the actual death. But five billion-odd were subjected to all the emotions of a man, about to be sworn in as Secretary of the Pleiades, suddenly attacked by a madman and killed.” Nova by Samuel R. Delany, published in 1968 Lorq von Ray hires a crew […]

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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{5/5} “I hate to pull the my-past-is-a-sad-story card, but listen: I am the end product of a few very stupid, well-intentioned people who thought it would be a great idea to redefine Humanity. It didn’t start with much. A tweak here, a splice there. But things escalated, as they always do, until it became something […]

The Light of Other Days

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{4.5/5} “It was telling that these images, which would have been shockingly revealing just a few months ago, now blared multicolored in the middle of the afternoon from stands in the main street of this Mormon community, unregarded by almost everyone, young and old, children and churchgoers alike.” The Light of Other Days by Arthur […]