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Short Take: “The Invasion,” William Meikle

Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m a huge fan of Meikle’s creature-features and cosmic horror, so when I found out he had an alien invasion novel, I had to pick up The Invasion. I’m so glad I did. A strange

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Review: “Queen of Teeth,” Hailey Piper

Rating: 5 out of 5 Hailey Piper’s horror/science fiction novel Queen of Teeth takes several concepts and images that I have always found irredeemably cheesy and silly, and turns them into something exciting, heartbreaking, inspiring, and profound. Yaya is a

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Review: “Reclaimed,” Madeleine Roux

Rating: 5 out of 5 Madeleine Roux’s science fiction/horror novel Reclaimed takes place a couple hundred years in the future. Earth is in bad shape, and Senna lives on a space station. She has a lot of trauma from a

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Review: “Amalgam: Book One: Contact,” Mike Duke

Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a huge fan of the SF/horror combo (the Alien franchise, etc.), so I was really looking forward to Mike Duke’s AMALGAM: BOOK ONE: CONTACT. Unfortunately it only somewhat lived up to that anticipation. Our

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Review: “Tiamat’s Wrath,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 In James S.A. Corey’s Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, 8), once again the crew of the Rocinante is scattered to the four winds. Holden is captive on Laconia (he likens himself to a “dancing bear,” left

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Review: “Persepolis Rising,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 30 years later… No, really. James S.A. Corey’s military science fiction novel Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, 7) takes place roughly three decades after Babylon’s Ashes. Laconia, the colony formed by the rogue Martian contingent led

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Review: “Shadow Warriors,” Nathan B. Dodge

Rating: 4 out of 5 In Nathan B. Dodge’s science fiction novel Shadow Warriors, there are five teenagers leading difficult lives. Cal’s father is perennially drunk after the death of his wife and doesn’t even have enough money to feed

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Review: “Invasive Species,” Ben Stevens

Rating: 3 out of 5 Ben Stevens’s science fiction novel Invasive Species is the start of a series. I did enjoy this volume, but not enough to read the rest. We’re decades post-Storm, when the very face of the earth

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Short Take: “Black Site,” Michael Patrick Hicks

Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael Patrick Hicks brings us the bio-horror tale, Black Site. It’s a blend of science fiction and horror that takes place on an abandoned mining colony, in a lab. All of the characters were vat-grown

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Review: “Babylon’s Ashes,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 James S.A. Corey’s Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse, 6) follows on the heels of his Nemesis Games. Earth is in dire straights after the “Free Navy” bombarded it with asteroids. Billions are dead and the rest

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