Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Ennui, by Filip Wiltgren

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Thriller) Mord is an AI that controls a starship, but the population is dropping as more and more passengers commit suicide due to ennui. And the problem seems to affect all systems everywhere. (4,759 words; Time: 15m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Keeping the Peace, by Elisabeth R. Adams

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(Alien SF) A race of intelligent lizards prepares their conquest of the Solar System, but one of them is a dissenter with a plan. (3,983 words; Time: 13m)


Fuel Me Once, by Allen Lang

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(SF Drama) Two oil men at a bar discuss the possibility of getting hydrocarbons from Titan. (916 words; Time: 03m)


Retention, by Alec Nevala-Lee

[Analog]
★★★★☆ Persist with this one; there’s more here than meets the eye.

(SF Thriller) It all started when Perry tried to call customer service to cancel his account, but the online system was amazingly persistent in finding ways to discourage him from that. (2,731 words; Time: 09m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)


Nanoscopic Nemesis, by P.K. Torrens

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(SF Adventure) A medical nanobot investigates a free-floating cancer cell inside the human it’s protecting. (930 words; Time: 03m)


Mars, the Dumping Ground of the Solar System, by Andrew Kozma

[Analog]
★★☆☆☆

(SF Drama) Jonquil works with genetically engineered people who helped terraform the solar system but who, now that they’re not needed, are warehoused on Mars. Today he’s looking for a missing girl. (3,519 words; Time: 11m)


Lowlife Orbit, by Rich Larson

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(SF Drama) A space pirate shows his nephew how to steal terraforming supplied headed for Mars. (975 words; Time: 03m)


On the Changing Roles of Dockworkers, by Marie Vibbert

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(SF Drama) Mary works the docks in Cleveland, OH, which means managing the robots. She’s investigating why a robot that’s was disconnected from the network didn’t trigger an alarm. (2,453 words; Time: 08m)


Aboard the Mithridates, by Sean Vivier

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(Generation Ship) Zarah notices that one of the other kids in school is struggling with the steady increase in sulfur in the ship’s atmosphere, and she’s determined to help him. (2,439 words; Time: 08m)


The Mad Cabbage, by CΓ©line Malgen

[Analog]
★☆☆☆☆

(Hard SF) A Ph.D. student struggles to figure out why her fermented cabbage experiment has produced a result that’s almost as acidic as car-battery acid. (3,121 words; Time: 10m)


The Offending Eye, by Robert R. Chase

[Analog]
★★★☆☆ Nice Setup

(Space Opera) Dr. Chaz is assigned to investigate an AI unit that’s suspected of having become intelligent—even though that’s supposed to be impossible. (11,796 words; Time: 39m)


Sticks and Stones, by Tom Jolly

[Analog]
★★★☆☆

(Exploration SF) A relativistic starship takes a detour to visit an anomaly the size of a planet with a fraction the density—a possible alien starship. (13,848 words; Time: 46m)


Flyboys, by Stanley Schmidt

[Analog]
★★★★☆ Quite a Ride!

(Colony SF Thriller) Bob, one of the bat-like Zoeys on New Horizons, helped architect the peace treaty that ended the war with the humans, but some Zoeys who don’t want peace plan to use his son against him. (20,425 words; Time: 1h:08m)

This is a sequel to the author’s novel, “Night Ride and Sunrise.” I read this novella without having read the novel, and didn’t get the feeling I was missing anything. However, I did decide the novel sounded interesting, so I bought a copy and read it after I finished the novella. This novella is full of spoilers for the novel. That said, I did enjoy the novel a lot, but I’d advise reading the novel first; it’s worth it.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Two Truths and a Lie, by Sarah Pinsker

[Single]
★★★☆☆

(Horror) Stella’s helping an old high-school friend clean out his dead brother’s house, but the brother was a hoarder, and the task is horrible in several ways. (11,890 words; Time: 39m)


The Bee Thing, by Maggie Damken

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆

(Alternate-History Horror) When her head turns into a beehive, the narrator loses her boyfriend, drops out of school, and moves home with her family. (5,717 words; Time: 19m)


Glass Frog, by Remy Reed Pincumbe

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆

(Horror) Molly and her “friends” explore a haunted house together. (3,733 words; Time: 12m)


The Augur and the Girl Left at His Door, by Greta Hayer

[BCS]
★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy) The Augur can tell your future just by studying the skin on your body. His prophecies are detailed, and he’s only been wrong once. But when he raises an orphan girl, he’s bothered that she wants to follow in his footsteps. (3,914 words; Time: 13m)


Kill the Witchman, by William Broom

[BCS]
★★★☆☆

(Dark Fantasy) A man seeking to kill the Witchman continually erases his most recent memories, which makes the task much harder but it’s the only thing that makes it possible at all. (4,606 words; Time: 15m)


We're Here, We're Here, by K.M. Szpara

[Single]
★★★☆☆

(SF Drama) Tyler loves being in a boy band, but the label doesn’t want him showing affection for one of the other boys in the band. (7,437 words; Time: 24m)


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Ghosts of Sherwood, by Carrie Vaughn

[Single]
★★★★☆ Well worth the read, especially for Robin Hood fans.

(Robin Hood Pastiche) After 20 years, Robin is still a troublesome Baron, and his teenage kids take after him. But his kids are also a target for his numerous enemies. (18,489 words; Time: 1h:01m)

If you’re not familiar with the Robin Hood story, you’ll miss a lot of this. But if you wondered what became of Robin and his Merry Men, especially after Richard I died and John became king, this is for you. See related articles on Tor.com.