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The Spare Man (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

Hugo, Locus, and Nebula-Award winner Mary Robinette Kowal blends her no-nonsense approach to life in …

enjoyably cantankerous

4 stars

Witty low stakes riff, not so noir - the vibe is more 5th Element romp given the cruise ship setting, and the mystery bends to suit - but true to the original in prominent stiff drinks, and comfortably egalitarian in gender roles.

Clarkesworld Issue 196 (EBook, 2022, Wyrm Publishing) 3 stars

An average issue of Clarkesworld

3 stars

An average issue with interesting stories by Gregory Feeley, Cao Baiyu and Natasha King.

  • "Symbiosis" by D.A. Xiaolin Spires: in the future, only selected individuals can become pregnant. This particular mother is initially aghast at being selected. But as the pregnancy progresses, she becomes attached to the foetus; perhaps too attached.

  • "The Fortunate Isles" by Gregory Feeley: in the far future, an unknown narrator tells the story of a time when humanity has ventured to Neptune and is now preparing to enter its depths in search of places to live.

  • "Anais Gets a Turn" by R.T. Ester: a story of a woman who, due to apparent bad luck, loses a contract as a graphics designer and later her job. It then turns out that it may not be bad luck, but the workings of a latent 'world intelligence' that had involved her in a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, as explained to …

Of All the New Yorks in All the Worlds (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

A student of multiversal time travel slips from one version of New York to another, …

A story of interdimensional love and heartbreak.

3 stars

A trainee message courier travels between universes, passing messages between different versions of the same person. On one such trip, he falls in love with the message receiver. But she breaks off their relationship when he has to return to his own universe. Now the same person from his own universe wishes to meet him.

A tale with minimal SF in it (interdimensional travel), it is more of a story of a person facing heartbreak over a broken relationship in another universe and doesn't quite know how to deal with meeting the same person in his own universe. Together, perhaps they can work out how deeply they should be involved with each other.

How the Crown Prince of Jupiter Undid the Universe, or, the Full Fruit of Love's Full Folly (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

Once upon a time the Crown Prince of Jupiter glimpsed a miniature of Esmerelda, Princess …

A fantastic fairy tale about how a Prince from Jupiter fell in love with the Princess of the Sun

3 stars

A fantastic fairy tale about how a Prince from Jupiter fell in love with the Princess of the Sun after seeing a picture of her. The consequence of his desire for her would lead him to the Earth to meet a witch and then to a wizard with may have rather familiar names to some readers. The consequences of his desire for her would change the essence of the story.

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (EBook, 2021, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; …

A wonderful cozy read!

4 stars

I read this book in one sitting from start to finish on Christmas day with hot tea and a blanket. It is precisely what I needed for some relaxation and escape. The book is about breaking patterns, dealing with boredom, trying new things, failing and grappling with what it means to be human - all told through the story between sibling dex, a tea monk and a funny robot named mosscap.

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An Immense World (Hardcover, 2022, Penguin Random House) 5 stars

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and …

A Sensitizing Read

5 stars

A really stunning exploration of sensing. And a really nice incorporation of von Uexküll's "umwelt." Particularly compelling is the emphasis upon the entanglement of communication and sensory capacity.

Scale (EBook, 2022) 4 stars

When electronics importer Cara Leon goes missing, private investigator Sam Mujrif is hired by her …

A fascinating and entertaining book about living on a world in a universe where people can come in different scales.

4 stars

A fascinating and entertaining book about living on a world in a universe where people can come in different scales. Here, there are eight of them, each one half the size of the previous scale. This comes about because there are eight different kinds of leptons (like electrons) with different masses, causing the atoms they make to have different sizes. Egan explores the possibilities this difference in sizes causes to mass, biology, physics, chemistry, etc. to come up with a world where people of different sizes have learned to live next to each other.

But all may not be well. At the start of the book, a private investigator is hired to find a missing sister. His investigations would lead his to discover a secret being hidden by some people from a smaller scale. As he passes on his investigations to fellow investigators from the smaller scale, what they find …