Book Review: Ken Liu and Panverse Three

Last I wrote, we were exploring story lengths, especially the novella.  Science fiction has a strong connection with the novella, and while that connection has waned in the last couple decades, it has seen a resurgence in the…

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Book Review: Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Science fiction storytelling comes in a variety of modes that shift from grand epics expensing across space-and-time with a technological backdrop for what is essentially a fantasy story to hard science fiction where the technology itself is inherent…

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Book Review: Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman

By Kyt Dotson By writing the book Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman added to a strange short-list of science fiction books that settled on gender identity similar to how Ursula K. Leguin’s Left Hand of Darkness addressed a…

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Book Review: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

by Kyt Dotson The title of Cory Doctorow’s young adult book Little Brother is entirely a play on the parental triggering phrase, “Big Brother is watching you.” Big Brother is not a reference to a terrible television show…

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The Novella and a Prelude to Panverse Three

by Luke Forney Many members of the science fiction community feel that the novella is the perfect length for a science fiction story (This writer remembers first hearing it in Larry Niven’s N-Space, for example).  However, the novella…

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Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars

By Luke Forney A lot of times, shared universe settings are interesting ideas and fun experiments that ultimately fail miserably, simply because taking a large number of disparate authors and trying to have them all join under one…

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