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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: mostly Canada, near future

Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading

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Mother of Invention by Nnedi Okorafor

This is the last Locus Award nominee for the 2019 short story category.

Published: February, 2018 at Slate (you can read it for free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: New Delta, a city in near future Nigeria

Summary: Short version: Anwuli doesn’t want to leave her house, even though a pollen storm is coming Continue reading

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Arctic Adagio by DJ Cockburn

This is the latest publication from Annorlunda Press, a small press that focuses on stories that entertain and make you think. I received a review copy of the book, but all my opinions are my own.

Published: Today! May, 2019

Genre: science fiction mystery

Length: 85 pages

Setting: a ship in the melted Arctic, near future

Summary: Short version: Harme has to figure out who murdered Kurata on his ship Continue reading

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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

It’s the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series that I want to finish.

Published: 2008 in China, 2015 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 513 pages

Setting: Years 3-208 of the Crisis Era (after discovering the Trisolaran fleet is on its way), mostly in China

Summary: Short version: Earth comes to terms with the approach of the Trisolaran fleet Continue reading

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Genetic Changelings by Keyan Bowes

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: 2016 in Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 8 pages

Setting: a generic city, near future

Summary: Short version: Are genetic enhancements and designer babies really that bad? Continue reading

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White Dust by Nathan Hillstrom

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Asimov’s Science Fiction (read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 10 pages

Setting: Earth, nearish future

Summary: Margery is in charge of a secret operation – she supervises a soldier who is copied to an alien ship where he is responsible for setting up shielding material against some hard radiation. The operation has been going well, but suddenly the clone isn’t focusing and using his time most effectively. Margery decides to clone herself into the ship to see if that will give her any insight into the operation. Her clone forces Margery to acknowledge why she enjoys running the operation so much (because she enjoys the power and control over someone else) and then replaces Margery with a copy of herself. She decides to just copy the clone of the soldier back home to improve results.

Final thoughts: This one got surprisingly dark. There’s just enough backstory to know the government is involved in researching some alien ship that currently has lethal doses of radiation onboard. The real story is with the cloning. Margery is working with alien technology that allows anyone to get cloned from one table to another. There’s a failsafe built into the table so only one copy can exist in each location at a time. When Margery decides to clone herself, she also discovers the cloning tables work in both directions. The original Margery is replaced by a clone of the clone. That clone decides it would be much more efficient to keep sending the soldier clones back and forth from the alien ship. Talk about an existential mindtrip – which version of yourself should have the right to exist? What happens when the original is replaced with an exact copy – is it really the same? If you keep making copies of copies, is there degradation of the signal? Not that Margery cares. She’s just figured out how to get more power and control.

Title comes from: When a clone is sent to the other table, the previous clone is destroyed and turned into a white dust that covers everything in the immediate area.

 

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Artemis by Andy Weir

As soon as I found out Andy Weir had a new book out, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t even in the holdings yet, but I wanted to be high on the hold list. Mr. Curiosity and I were all in after loving The Martian.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 305 pages

Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading

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