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Short Take: “Carve the Sky,” Alexander Jablokov

Pros: The worldbuilding Cons: The worldbuilding Rating: 4 out of 5 Alexander Jablokov’s Carve the Sky takes place in the year 2358. Vanessa is an art expert who is supposed to authenticate a carving by famous sculptor Ozaki, and Anton

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Short Take: “The Runabout,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Fascinating novella Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Runabout: A Diving Novel (Diving Series) (Volume 6) is novella or short novel (not sure which it technically fits) in which a group of people from

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Review: “Memoirs of a Synth: Gold Record,” Leigh Saunders

Pros: Lovely story and characters Cons: A few details Rating: 4 out of 5 Leigh Saunders’s Memoirs of a Synth: Gold Record introduces us to Brianna Rei. She’s a Synth, designed and engineered to be the “perfect specimen” of humanity.

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Review: “Sunspot Jungle Volume One,” ed. Bill Campbell

Pros: Poetic; multicultural Cons: Some confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell, is a large collection of stories with a fantastical bent to them, although the

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Review: “Cat Pictures Please And Other Stories,” Naomi Kritzer

Pros: Amazing combination of off-the-wall and ordinary Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Naomi Kritzer’s collection Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories is absolutely wonderful. There wasn’t a single story I didn’t fully enjoy, despite the fact that I

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Review: “The Goodall Mutiny,” Gretchen Rix

Pros: High anxiety; interesting mystery Cons: Utterly bizarre style; small problems Rating: 2 out of 5 I’m not entirely sure what to make of the experience of reading Gretchen Rix’s The Goodall Mutiny (The Goodall Mysteries) (Volume 1). Lieutenant Joan

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Review: “Queen of Roses,” Elizabeth McCoy

Pros: Fascinating main character Cons: A bit slow Rating: 4 out of 5 Elizabeth McCoy’s Queen of Roses takes place on a cruise ship–spaceship, to be precise. It is run by two artificial intelligences, Pilot and Sarafina. The AI that

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Short Take: “Elysium,” Jennifer Marie Brissett

Pros: Interesting characters and world Cons: Utterly confusing and surreal Rating: 3 out of 5 Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Elysium is an odd, surreal story about Adrianne and Antoine, who are going through some marital difficulties. Or maybe it’s about Adrianne

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Review: “The Twelve,” Justin Cronin

Pros: Such an intricate world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel picks up five years after the end of The Passage, in 97 A.V. Amy, Alicia, and

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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