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Review: “Lost Mission,” Joshua James, Daniel Young

Pros: The last quarter gets tense and interesting Cons: The pacing is all off; so-so characters Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a big fan of Joshua James’s “Lucky’s Marines” books, so when I saw he had co-authored the novella

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Short Take: “The Last Conversation,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Absolutely riveting Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Paul Tremblay’s novella The Last Conversation (Forward collection), the unnamed protagonist wakes up in the dark. He hurts. He has no memory of who he might be. A voice

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Short Take: “You Have Arrived at Your Destination,” Amor Towles

Pros: A bizarre look at the future of engineering offspring Cons: The ending Rating: 4 out of 5 Amor Towles’s novella You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Forward collection) is the next book in Amazon’s Forward Collection. It’s a tale

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Review: “Full Throttle,” Joe Hill

Pros: Left me a bit shaken Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joe Hill’s collection Full Throttle: Stories hit me a little bit harder than I was expecting. The stories range in genre and style; the predominant genre is

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Short Take: “Emergency Skin,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: A beautiful look at what the future could be! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s novella Emergency Skin (Forward collection) is told by a “consensus intelligence” implanted in the mind of a soldier. We get to

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Short Take: “Summer Frost,” Blake Crouch

Pros: Thought-provoking and intense Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Blake Crouch’s novella Summer Frost (Forward collection) introduces us to Riley, the VP of Non-Player Character Development at a game studio that creates Direct Neural Interface games. One day,

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Review: “Lucky at Last,” Joshua James

Pros: My favorite book of the series-so-far! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’s short novel Lucky At Last: Lucky’s Marines | Book Nine is the climax of the story arc. Emperor April appears to have gone off

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Short Take: “Ark,” Veronica Roth

Pros: Elegant and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Veronica Roth’s short novella Ark (Forward collection) is not about an apocalypse created by man. Instead, an asteroid is on course to hit the Earth. There are years in

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Review: “R/evolution,” Tenea D. Johnson

Pros: Really makes you think Cons: Quincy Rating: 4 out of 5 Tenea D. Johnson’s R/evolution: A Mosaic Novel (Book One) is something of a cross between a novel and a set of interconnected short stories (I’ve even read one

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Short Take: “The Tower,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Neat idea Cons: Abortive Rating: 3 out of 5 Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us the novella The Tower. A company called Portals, Inc. is experimenting with time travel. They’re sending Neyla Kendrick back to 1674 to try to verify

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