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Short Take: “The Tower,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Neat idea Cons: Abortive Rating: 3 out of 5 Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us the novella The Tower. A company called Portals, Inc. is experimenting with time travel. They’re sending Neyla Kendrick back to 1674 to try to verify

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Review: “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

Pros: Stunning! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone bring us the gorgeous novella (short novel?), This Is How You Lose the Time War. Red is an elite time-traveling agent working for the Agency. Blue

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Review: “Unraveling Timelines,” Lise Breakey

Pros: Nifty time-travel Cons: Confusing time travel Rating: 4 out of 5 Lise Breakey’s Unraveling Timelines is a clever and interesting time-travel tale. There are Four Families with unique abilities. The Timewalkers, the Telepaths, the Hunters (immortals), and the Seers.

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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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: “Paradox Bound,” Peter Clines

Pros: An unusually good time travel tale Cons: One plot device that could have been a plot point instead Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Peter Clines’s Paradox Bound is my new favorite time travel tale. There are just so many

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Review: “Unhappenings,” Edward Aubry

Pros: Wow Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Edward Aubry’s Unhappenings pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. I tend to be very leery of time travel, because it’s so hard to do in a fashion that makes any

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Review: “The Anubis Gates,” Tim Powers

Pros: Interesting set of bad guys Cons: Character stupidity Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers, a mysterious set of time-spanning ‘gates’ open up. If you know where and when they’re going to appear–and apparently

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Review: “Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse,” A.L. Kennedy

Pros: Interesting plot Cons: Too precious; too much inside the Doctor’s head Rating: 3 out of 5 I love Doctor Who, but I lost track of it after Eccleston. I’m more familiar with the Doctors of my childhood: four, five…

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Review: “Shadow of Night,” Deborah Harkness

Pros: Better than volume 1 Cons: Mary Sue; inconsistent details Rating: 2.5 out of 5   Witch Diana Bishop and her husband (vampire Matthew de Clermont) have time-walked back to the 1500s in order to find a book and a

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