Classic vs. modern: SF & fantasy novels

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

It’s nearly impossible to come up with the best 20 SF novels — but 40 is doable. I thought it might be interesting to split them into 2 groups, old vs. new. Here are the best 20 SF novels from the classics (up to 1990) and the best from the modern period (1991+). Classic Modern […]

Stealing Worlds

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “Rivet Couture‘s an alternate reality game where colonialism wasn’t as successful as in the real world. In Rivet Couture, the American Revolution never happened, and the lands west of the Adirondacks were never annexed by European settlers… There are Indian and Chinese empires, free African nations, and places like Dreamtime, which is unexplored Australia. […]

A Hidden Place

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{4/5} “She took a chance, you know, telling us anything at all. But she needs somebody. She can’t live out these two weeks without somebody to bring her food, somebody to help her through the Changes — somebody who’ll know and somebody who’ll do it anyway. You know anybody else who’d do that?” A Hidden […]

Star Trek: Voyager — Seven of Nine

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{4.5/5} “Seven now realized what a violation she had been a part of. The destruction of the individual. She had heard and, to borrow a human phrase, rolled her eyes at Captain Janeway’s ranting about humans and other sentient beings would rather be dead than assimilated. Now, she realized that the captain was right.” Star […]

Star Trek: Voyager — Marooned

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{4.5/5} “The crewmen now assembled had long since learned to live under Starfleet rules and tender their own talents to all their benefit. Chakotay wanted to tell them, these rough-and-tumble upstarts from once upon a time, how very proud he was of them.” Star Trek: Voyager — Marooned by Christie Golden, published in 1997 Voyager […]

Star Trek: Voyager — The Murdered Sun

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{4.5/5} “A few rulers throughout the ages had been hard, or as Linneas might have put it, ‘wise,’ enough to be trusted with the secret — that the great glory of Blessing was obtained only with slave labor and killing a system’s sun. But there had not been many. For the most part, the truth […]

Star Trek: Voyager — The Escape

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{4.5/5} “Only a few people in each Period knew the truth about the future in Real Time. That was one of the many reasons why it was so forbidden to travel instead any 500,000 year Period. If knowledge of the Near Future got out, it would destroy the society.” Star Trek: Voyager — The Escape […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Dead Endless

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{4.5/5} “Command isn’t just knowing when to make a decision. It’s knowing how to inspire the people around you, encouraging them to do what they can, so you can do what you must… A crew may not be sure what heights they can reach. Their commanding officer has to have the confidence — in them […]

Star Trek: Discovery — The Enterprise War

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{4.5/5} “He could see no other path for himself — not when so many had been lost. Rigel VII had devastated him. It was barely a scratch. Three had died there. This was thirty. He had been fooling himself to think that he had the talent for the job — and he certainly didn’t have […]

Star Trek: Discovery — The Way to the Stars

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{4.5/5} “‘You know,’ she said, ‘all those cocktail parties and fancy dinners are all very well, but who’ll be the first to complain if the lights and the food slots aren’t working? Nobody can be’ — she did air quotes — ‘”diplomatic” under those circumstances.’” Star Trek: Discovery — The Way to the Stars by […]