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Review: “The Cyanide Process,” Jennifer Rahn

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding; some good characters Cons: Boring in places Rating: 3 out of 5 Jennifer Rahn’s The Cyanide Process is about genetics researcher Gina Delgado, who has been disgraced and sent to work on a mining colony. Her new

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Review: “Anomaly,” David Kazzie

Pros: The ending is fascinating Cons: Just about everything else Rating: 2 out of 5 David Kazzie’s Anomaly centers on Claire Hamilton, a 45-year-old astrobiology professor with a husband, Jack, and two 6-year-old kids, Hugo and Miranda. Twelve years earlier

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Review: “The Harvest,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Plenty of plot twists, tragedies, and excitement Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s The Harvest (The Heartland Trilogy Book 3) takes place roughly one year after the Saranyu flotilla fell to the corn. Lane is now

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Review: “Blightborn,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Very tense; the Blight is fascinating Cons: Stereotypes of various kinds Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy Book 2) is the sequel to Under the Empyrean Sky. Be sure to read this trilogy in

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Review: “Under the Empyrean Sky,” Chuck Wendig

Pros: Fascinating world-building Cons: My pet peeve cliche is back; shallow characters; some logic holes Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Chuck Wendig’s Under the Empyrean Sky (The Heartland Trilogy Book 1) is a fascinating exercise in dystopian world-building. In the

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Review: “From a Certain Point of View,” various authors

Pros: Strong, intriguing stories from new directions Cons: Virtually no anthology is perfect Rating: 4.5 out of 5 From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars): “40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars” is a collection of 40 stories

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Review: “Invincible,” David Bruns

Pros: Interesting characters; great space battles Cons: The aliens seem stereotypical so far Rating: 4 out of 5 David Bruns’s Invincible: The First Swarm War Book One is an engrossing read. XO Addison Halsey, of the ISS Invincible, thinks something

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Review: “Lucky Invasion,” Joshua James

Pros: Wonderful action and characters Cons: A little forced Rating: 4 out of 5 Joshua James’s Lucky Invasion: Lucky’s Marines | Book Five is an excellent continuation of the series. Sergeant Lee “Lucky” Savage is once again sent on a

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Review: “Guilt in Innocence,” Keith R.A. DeCandido

Pros: Engrossing action and characters Cons: Telepathic abilities don’t feel consistent Rating: 4 out of 5 Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of Guilt in Innocence (Tales of the Scattered Earth Book 4), Tales of the Olodumere Hegemony Book 1.

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Review: “Fiction River: Valor,” edited by Lee Allred

Pros: Excellent military science fiction stories Cons: As always in anthologies, some stories are better than others Rating: 4 out of 5 I was going to read the next Anatomy & Physiology chapter today. Somehow, Fiction River: Valor (Fiction River:

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