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Review: “Operation Grendel,” Daniel Schwabauer

Rating: 4 out of 5 Daniel Schwabauer’s military science fiction novel Operation Grendel is really intriguing, and it has a fascinating ending, but I can’t make the timeline of events that are critical to the ending make sense. If I

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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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Review: “Screams from the Void,” Anne Tibbets

Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Tibbets’s horror/science fiction story Screams from the Void owes “Alien” a nod for the basic premise (alien creature gets loose aboard spaceship and starts killing everyone), but it has plenty of original material to

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Review: “The Taking,” Dean Koontz

Rating: 5 out of 5 Dean Koontz’s The Taking: A Novel is a fascinating genre blend of cosmic horror and alien abduction science fiction. Molly Sloan wakes up to a bizarre and furious downpour outside. The rain is ever-so-slightly glowing,

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Review: “Nemesis Games,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 In the previous book of James S.A. Corey’s marvelous series “The Expanse”–Cibola Burn–Holden was sent to mediate a dispute between self-avowed colonists and an Earth corporation who both wanted the same planet. We learned a

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Review: “Cibola Burn,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 James S.A. Corey’s “The Expanse” series is such an amazing science fiction tale (with a touch of horror). Cibola Burn (The Expanse, 4) makes it clear that each of these books is just as good

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Review: “Abaddon’s Gate,” James S.A. Corey

Rating: 5 out of 5 I am seriously enjoying James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series of military science fiction books (with a touch of horror). I’m up to Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse, 3). When the alien structure lifted from Venus

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