SF & fantasy collections & anthologies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Collections Best of the best I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Nightfall by Isaac Asimov Virtual Unrealities by Alfred Bester The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury Keeper of Dreams by Orson Scott Card Maps in a Mirror by Orson Scott Card Exhalation by Ted Chiang Stories of […]

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

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{5/5} “The point of a peb exchange is to acknowledge someone’s labor and thank them for what they bring to the community. They didn’t give you thirty-eight pebs because they want you to go out and spend them. They gave you thirty-eight pebs because your work is as important as anybody else’s. It means they […]

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

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{5/5} “Big Semi did not work with scripts and storyboards. It did not give any thought to themes, symbols, homages, or any other words you might find in a film-studies syllabus… It simply evaluated each test screening to see where the response curves still deviated from the target, made big changes and small tweaks and […]

Binti: The Complete Trilogy

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{4.5/5} “Now the weight of my entire life was pressing on my shoulders. I was defying the most traditional part of myself for the first time in my entire life. I was leaving in the dead of night and they had no clue. My nine sibling, all older than me except for my younger sister […]

Hard Reboot

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{5/5} “Old Earth had already been surrounded by a belt of slagged tech, fast-moving wreckage, and miscellaneous debris so dense that it required a skilled pilot with algo assistance to navigate it. The last time anyone had attempted to clear a path they’d accidentally started a conflagration between leave-behind killbots from the sore losers of […]

SF & fantasy collections & anthologies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Collections Best of the best I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Nightfall by Isaac Asimov Virtual Unrealities by Alfred Bester The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury Keeper of Dreams by Orson Scott Card Maps in a Mirror by Orson Scott Card Exhalation by Ted Chiang Stories of […]

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

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{5/5} “This had been the way of things since the Transition, when the people had redivided the surface of their moon. Fifty percent of Panga’s single continent was designated for human use; the rest was left to nature, and the ocean was barely touched at all. It was a crazy split, if you thought about […]

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds V

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{5/5} “Within the confines of the library, the cadets were polished, serious, stiff. Outside, in the fresh air, amid the profusion of color, with the soft green grass beneath them, they were seedlings reaching for the sun. With their guards down and their minds open, they were flowers ready to blossom.” (from “Efflorescence”) Star Trek: […]

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV

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{5/5} “The thought processes of individuals are overly and confusingly complex… influenced by innumerable factors and sometimes contradictory input, to the point where one cannot fully understand one’s own mental actions and reactions, let alone hope to comprehend those of others.” (Seven, from “Black Hats”) Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV edited by Dean Wesley […]

Star Trek: Voyager — Distant Shores

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{5/5} “Neelix may have been the nominal morale officer, and Tom Paris was clearly the life of the party hereabouts… but as she watched the crew interact, Marika sensed that Harry Kim was the true heart of Voyager, a stalwart, gentle, optimistic anchor keeping the crew from losing faith or growing embittered, as their counterparts […]