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Review: “Transcendent 3,” ed. Bogi Takács

Pros: Very moving stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Bogi Takács edits Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. The stories within range from tales where a character just happens to be trans or genderfluid in

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Review: “Mothership,” eds. Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall

Pros: Really neat stories; very diverse Cons: Some of the stories are pretty confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 While the title of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond indicates that these stories are Afrofuturism, the diversity is a wider

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Review: “The Stone Sky,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Fantastic plot, characters, and worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, Book 3) is a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. Essun is starting to turn to stone, and using her

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Review: “The Obelisk Gate,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, Book 2) is riveting. Alabaster, who is slowly turning to stone, is trying to teach Essun how to use the Obelisks

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Review: “The Fifth Season,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Stunning epic fantasy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I picked up N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) because her The Inheritance Trilogy left a deep and lasting impression on me. I couldn’t wait to read

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Review: “Ambiguity Machines: and Other Stories,” Vandana Singh

Pros: Winding and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Vandana Singh’s Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories is a slow, winding collection of beautiful short science fiction stories (at least one story has overtones of horror, and more than

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Review: “The Last Outpost and Other Tales,” Z.S. Adani

Pros: Intriguing worldbuilding Cons: Tone and pacing are stiff; confusing worldbuilding Rating: 3 out of 5 Z.S. Adani’s The Last Outpost and Other Tales is a collection of sci-fi short stories. They’re original and creative, but I ran into a

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Review: “Wellside,” Robin Shortt

Pros: The worldbuilding Cons: Still get confused about how the Library works Rating: 4 out of 5 Robin Shortt’s Wellside is a fun tale of a Well that exists between worlds. The story starts out at Chifley High, where student

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Review: “Necessary Ill,” Deb Taber

Pros: Fascinating characters and original plot Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Deb Taber’s Necessary Ill is an unusually intriguing and original book. It’s set some indeterminate time in the future, when resource depletion and waste disposal have become

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Review: “Dreaming Metal,” Melissa Scott

Pros: Powerful story with excellent worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Melissa Scott’s Dreaming Metal is a powerful story of emergent artificial intelligence. It takes place on the planet Persephone, where there are a lot of lines drawn

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