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Bookworm 2012: Hope Without Sun

Dark Eden byChris Beckett starts off as a hybrid tale of an interstellar crash-landing on a sunless, alien world with a biosphere fueled by geothermal energy and a bunch of tropes familiar from the lost generation ship subgenre, with inbred tribes clinging to half-remembered bits of lore and history descending into legend. However, as it progresses, […]

Bookworm 2012: Trading Magic for Magic

I still do not understand why Keith Brooke’s alt.human needed a different title for its US edition (where it’s called Harmony), but I guess the issue is irrelevant. What is, however, relevant is how such a talented writer can write such an amazing book and then utterly fuck it up as it nears its conclusion, […]

Bookworm 2012: The Quantum Did Good

One of the key reasons why I love science fiction is the novum it brings to the table. Whenever I read something well written and completely new, different, something that surprises me and makes me think in ways I did not think before, I feel happy as a frog on a fly farm. Unfortunately, the […]

Bookworm 2012: Transparent Efforts

A while ago I ran across the recommendation to read Empire of Bones by Liz Williams if I was in the mood for a wholly different first contact story. I love me a good different alien, like the pack minds of Vinge, or Adams’ superintelligent shade of blue, so I avoided learning anything about the […]

Not a Sparrow Shall Fall

[flickr]photo:4361494585[/flickr] And wouldn’t you know it, nigh on four years ago, Brad Pitt purchased the rights for himself to play the central character of the Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz. Having not read it at the time, I failed to notice this tidbit, but now cannot help but wonder how he will handle the surprise buttsecks […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Green Eyes
    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter

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