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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553380965
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Published: Spectra Books - May 2nd, 2000

Stephenson literally and figuratively kills the ideas of "cyberpunk" in the first pages. There's no need for the old staples from earlier works like Snow Crash and the writing of William Gibson in this post-cyberpunk, post-scarcity world. But even when humanity wants for nothing, it still needs no excuse to keep causing trouble, as our signature Stephenson multiple protagonists have the misfortune of finding out. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Old Man's War by John Scalzi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780765348272
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Published: Tor Books - January 15th, 2007

Citizens on Earth know nothing of what's out there in space, but when they turn 75 they have the opportunity to enlist in the army, unable to turn back but able to go out into the galaxy to protect humanity. This premise allows the reader to join protagonist John Perry on his journey, full of discovery, as he goes from fresh-faced wonder to a battle-hardened veteran. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Galactic Empires by Neil Clarke - Book Review

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By Neil Clarke (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781597808842
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Published: Night Shade Books - January 17th, 2017

A superb collection of stories, each with a unique settings portraying a star-faring humanity, and how they deal with outsiders... and themselves. My favorite story included might be "Looking Through Lace" by Ruth Nestvold, a look at the assumptions of gender roles as seen through the lens of a xenolinguist studying a new alien species. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101972014
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2018

I loved, loved, loved this collection of science fiction short stories! I’ve been away from science fiction (one of my first loves) for a number of years. But this grouping, with a heavy focus on AI, just grabbed my attention. It is a wonderful read! ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481497497
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Published: Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

Is humanity sentient enough? When the civilized universe stumbles upon Earth, alien ambassadors issue humans an ultimatum: send the planet's best musical talent to compete in a Eurovision-style contest, or face total annihilation. Space Opera is brilliant Douglas Adams-type crack, led by the unforgettable Bowie-wannabe, Decibel Jones, a washed out "ethereal glamtrash satyr". I read it in one incredible sitting; I could read this kind of first contact novel over and over again. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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