Book Review: Bloom by Wil McCarthy

If you’ve ever encountered the concept of grey goo and “The Game of Life,” a computer model that uses something called cellular-automata along with simple rules and a grid system to generate interesting patterns you’ll understand the basis…

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Book Review: Vast by Linda Nagata

The book Vast by Linda Nagata is the culmination of a trilogy that follows a small group of characters through the trials of outliving their own cultural heritage and how their technology has transcended their own humanity. As…

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Keith Laumer, Part 4: Bolo

Over the last few weeks, we have looked at all of the Baen reissue editions of Keith Laumer’s works, featuring all ten volumes: Retief! (along with William H. Keith, Jr.’s Retief’s Peace), Odyssey, Keith Laumer: The Lighter Side,…

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Book Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Some science fiction not only speaks to the effect of technology on people, but also the epic sweep of character and the overall character of humanity in the face of the unknown. In this way, Dan Simmons’s Hyperion…

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Book Review: Glasshouse by Charles Stross

When it comes to the science fiction genre, Glasshouse initially struck me as a little bit of an oddity. At it’s core, it’s a powerful self-examination of society style of speculative fiction with deep science fiction elements; but…

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Book Review: Broken Angels by Richard Morgan

This high science fiction novel about transhumanism takes place in a setting 30 years after the events that take place in Richard Morgan’s book Altered Carbon and follows the same anti-hero protagonist Takeshi Kovacs. Broken Angels maintains the…

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Haikasoru: SF From Japan

Fans of science fiction here in North America are frequently presented with only originally English language fiction, particularly from America, Canada, and Britain.  However, there is far, far more out there than just that, obviously.  Some of it…

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Book Review: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

By Kyt Dotson As much of science fiction is dedicated to social discourse and the anthropological study of where humanity is going, it also likes to focus on hardware—and by that I mean military hardware. We’ve seen the…

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