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Review: “Grimspace,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Such fantastic characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m finally reading Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, Book 1)! I’ve heard wonderful things about it, but just hadn’t gotten to it before now. Sirantha Jax has the rare

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Short Take: “Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: Fantastic worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s novella Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster takes place in the same world as her book And Shall Machines Surrender [review]. In this story, a woman named Panthida

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Review: “Retribution,” Joshua James

Pros: Excellent follow-on to the Lucky’s Marines series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lucky’s back! The “Lucky’s Marines” series may have ended with book nine [review], but Lucky himself carries on in Joshua James’s Retribution: Lucky’s Mercs |

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Review: “Laughter at the Academy,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: These stories made me feel things Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Laughter at the Academy is a book of stand-alone short stories by Seanan McGuire (you don’t need to have read any of her series in order

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Short Take: “Randomize,” Andy Weir

Pros: Wonderful matching of wits Cons: Very “talky” Rating: 4 out of 5 Andy Weir’s short story (I’m not sure it’s even long enough to be termed a novella) Randomize (Forward collection) is about a futuristic casino heist. The first

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Review: “Lost Mission,” Joshua James, Daniel Young

Pros: The last quarter gets tense and interesting Cons: The pacing is all off; so-so characters Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a big fan of Joshua James’s “Lucky’s Marines” books, so when I saw he had co-authored the novella

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Short Take: “The Last Conversation,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Absolutely riveting Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Paul Tremblay’s novella The Last Conversation (Forward collection), the unnamed protagonist wakes up in the dark. He hurts. He has no memory of who he might be. A voice

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Short Take: “You Have Arrived at Your Destination,” Amor Towles

Pros: A bizarre look at the future of engineering offspring Cons: The ending Rating: 4 out of 5 Amor Towles’s novella You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Forward collection) is the next book in Amazon’s Forward Collection. It’s a tale

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Review: “Full Throttle,” Joe Hill

Pros: Left me a bit shaken Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joe Hill’s collection Full Throttle: Stories hit me a little bit harder than I was expecting. The stories range in genre and style; the predominant genre is

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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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