Semiosis

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{5/5} “Uri had been in an army, but I had been in a war. Soldiers win victories, but civilians merely survive, if they are lucky and clever. That can be enough, but the civilians may hate both sides, and I did. I had left Earth to escape them all, every side in every war.” Semiosis […]

Hieroglyph

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{4.5/5} “Audacious projects like the Great Pyramids, the Hoover Dam, or a moon landing didn’t just happen by accident. Someone had to imagine them and create a narrative that brought that vision to life for others. They are dreams that became real not because they were easy, but because they were hard… Big dreams — […]

Star Trek TNG: The Q Continuum — Q-Strike

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{4.5/5} “You can’t be rid of me so readily… I’ll be back if I have to wait a million years, just wait and see… I won’t be forgetting you, Q. We’ll meet again, count on it… I hope you like games, young Q, because I know whom I’m testing next. You, Q, you.” Star Trek […]

Star Trek TNG: The Q Continuum — Q-Zone

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{4.5/5} “I’ll try, Q thought, settling back into a comfortable curvature of space-time, adjusting the gravity until it fit just right and resting his head against a patch of condensed dark matter. He had to admit, in spite of his occasional reservations, there was something exceptionally stimulating about not knowing what was going to happen […]

Star Trek TNG: The Q Continuum — Q-Space

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{4.5/5} “It’s too bad, Troi thought, that the rest of the crew can’t sense Captain Picard’s passion and commitment the same way I can. Then she looked around the conference table and saw the glow of the captain’s inspiration reflected in the faces of her fellow officers… On second thought, maybe they can.” Star Trek […]

All These Worlds

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{4.5/5} “Original Bob had never been a warrior type. Even in D&D he had tended to stick to magic use. Now, we were the front line in a war that would decide the ultimate fate of the human race. Not really where I’d expected my life to go.” All These Worlds by Dennis E. Taylor, […]

For We Are Many

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{4.5/5} “It seemed that VEHEMENT was either still completely confined to the Sol system, or they hadn’t acquired any assets here. But we didn’t know how many members might have gone out with the various colony ships. We would have to be vigilant until humanity was well-enough established to survive its own craziness.” For We […]

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

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{4.5/5} “There would have to be rules. Some standards, so that things wouldn’t descend into chaos. First, each copy would have to come up with a new name, to emphasize the fact that they were not me. Second, the most senior Bob in any system would be in charge. I stared into space for a […]

The Last Emperox

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{4.5/5} “The Interdependency held no ‘poor’ or ‘rabble’ in ways that elites of previous civilizations would understand the term. This was great, if your goal was keeping a large population of humans, spread across trillions of kilometers of physical space, reasonably content on a day-to-day basis. It was less great if your goal was to, […]

The Consuming Fire

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{4.5/5} “The other houses are nervous about these changes in the Flow and what Grayland might use them as an excuse for, in terms of their business and monopolies. The parliament is convinced Grayland is about to institute martial law… Changes are coming. That much is obvious. And I think that everyone agrees that when […]