Lovecraft Country

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{5/5} “Nature holds itself impervious to the wishings of would-be sorcerers. But… There are cracks. Not exceptions to the rules, you understand — there’s no such thing — but special cases, natural anomalies that can be discovered and exploited by men of sufficient vision.” Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, published in 2016 Atticus returned home […]

Immunity Index

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{5/5} “She had good roommates — but would they want to live with a dupe? If clones weren’t physically handicapped, they were morally deficient, unnatural, and soulless. It would be like living with a known thief, and if the mutiny changed the law, it wouldn’t change minds about the things that everyone knew.” Immunity Index […]

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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{5/5} “It was like an earthquake that didn’t disturb a single blade of grass, an eclipse that didn’t cast a single shadow, a vast but invisible change. A sudden breeze plucked the edge of the diary. It smelled of salt and warm stone and a dozen faraway scents that did not belong in a scrubby […]

Gypsies

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{4.5/5} “‘You could walk out of the world if you wanted to.’ The Gray Man stopped and bent at the waist to looked into Michael’s eyes. ‘The world has angles other people don’t see. Corners and doors and directions. You could step sideways and never be seen again. Like this.’” Gypsies by Robert Charles Wilson, […]

Pushing Ice

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{5/5} “Just one of the spars would have an internal surface area equivalent to fifty thousand Earths. And there are twenty of them. That’s a million Earths’ worth of living space — and that’s if they don’t utilise the cross-struts. If they do, you can easily double that figure… Is that enough room for you, […]

Locklands

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{4.5/5} “But then there were the ‘deep commands,’ which allowed one to make a sudden, abrupt, inexorable change to reality itself, an edit so swift and complete that the world never even knew it’d been changed. Yet the deep commands came with a price: human life.” Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett, published in 2022 Berenice […]

Angry Young Spaceman

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{4.5/5} “I had decided to go for a bunch of reasons, mostly relating to my dislike of Earth. I chose the most remote planet I could figuring that it’d be the least like the self-proclaimed centre of the universe. But over the past few months, people had responded to the news with shock and wonder: […]

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Revenant

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{4.5/5} “Joined Trill protected the memories of all the hosts of their symbiont. As the sum of these lives, these individuals discovered amazing things, traveled boldly, and advanced Trill civilization… One who carried a symbiont inside them also carried the hopes and dreams of every Trill for a better future.” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine […]

The Employees

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{4.5/5} “After the objects came on board, everyone’s mood has lifted noticeably, but to them it’s something special. To us, the objects are like an artificial postcard from Earth. To them, they’re a postcard from the future.” The Employees: a workplace novel of the twenty-second century by Olga Ravn, published in 2020 Some objects from […]

Star Trek: A Contest of Principles

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{4.5/5} “Some of us still remember what Vok did to our world in the Before Time, how they all but destroyed our civilization, forcing us to waste millenia clawing our way back from the wreckage. If not for Vok, we’d be more advanced than your Federation by now, or the Klingons or the Romulans. We […]