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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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Review: “Silenced,” Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding Cons: Rough writing; needs another edit Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Silenced: A Cybil Lewis Novel (Cybil Lewis Mysteries) introduces us to Cybil Lewis, “private inspector and all around snoop”. This story takes place

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Review: “GlitterShip Year Two,” ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Pros: Delightful queer anthology of many genres Cons: The typical anthology issue of not every story being for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 Keffy R.M. Kehrli edits the anthology GlitterShip Year Two (GlitterShip Yearly Anthologies), containing more than

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Review: “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

Pros: Stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone bring us the gorgeous novella (short novel?), This Is How You Lose the Time War. Red is an elite time-traveling agent working for the Agency. Blue

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Review: “The Singularity Trap,” Dennis E. Taylor

Pros: Interesting story and characters; intriguing worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dennis E. Taylor’s The Singularity Trap is an intriguing and creative take on the alien first contact story. Ivan Pritchard has signed onto the Mad Astra,

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