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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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Survival Instincts by Carolyn Charron

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 Dystopia Utopia Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy)

Genre: science fiction short story

Length: 10 pages

Setting: a future Earth

Summary: Yoncy is in the competition to become a Mother, a member of the Global Council and, even better, have a seat on the next colony ship with her child. To guarantee she wins, she is more than willing to cheat and sabotage other teams efforts to make a baby. In the end, her partner kills her because of her actions in the competition.

Final thoughts: An interesting twist on the Last One Standing competitions that I don’t think I’ve seen before. The person best able to design a baby (DNA manipulation and then run the artificial womb correctly) and then win over the voting public is able to actually have that child be born. Of course, you’re playing with potential babies here, since if you don’t win, your baby doesn’t get brought to term, but there’s so many people in the world anyways – who wants more. Yoncy just wants the power that comes with being a Mother, and a chance to go on the colony ship and get away from her Mother, so much that she does everything possible to ensure she’s the only choice left. Too bad she didn’t prepare her partner for all the cheating and killing that would happen since he finally snapped and eliminated her.

Title comes from: My guess is it’s a play on survival of the fittest and the instinct for survival of your offspring that all come into play in a competition to create a baby.

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Choices, in Sequential Order by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

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: April, 2016 in Nature

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Earth, 2300s

Summary: An alien xenobiologist has come to Earth and been turned into a snack for scorpion babies. The xenobiologist is rambling to the creature as it prepares the narrator for eating by the scorpion babies. At the same time, the xenobiologist’s suit is running a diagnostic to determine what kind of creature attacked.

Final thoughts: An interesting contrast between the dichotomous key trying to identify the Earth creature and the reminiscing the narrator is doing. They know they are going to die, but are still fascinated by the creature, fully acknowledging that the fascination may be a product of some kind of venom. It takes longer for the suit to realize the Earth creature is dangerous than for the narrator to know that, since they are paralyzed and can tell the suit is damaged.

As an aside, I’m always surprised when I see a science fiction story printed in Nature since it is a big name science publication. But, this is a science-heavy story so I guess it fits.

Title comes from: The action is set against a set of questions designed to identify the Earth creature

 

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fallenangel.dll by Brandon O’Brien

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: New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

Genre: science fiction

Length: 23 pages

Setting: Trinidad, near future Continue reading

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Tenth of December by George Suanders

A friend gave me a copy of this book to read. I don’t usually read short story collections, but he seemed so passionate about the author and the stories that I was willing to try it. Since it is a short story collection, I’ll summarize each story and then give my overall impressions.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements

Length: 251 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

This book got a lot of buzz when it was translated into English, including winning the Hugo. I was interested because it was Chinese science fiction, and felt like some science fiction next.

Published: 2006 in Chinese, 2014 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 399 pages

Setting: China in the late 1960s and present day Continue reading

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Black Site by Michael Patrick Hicks

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 CLONES: The Anthology

Genre: science fiction, with a touch of Chthulu

Length: 34 pages

Setting: an asteroid mining base, near future Continue reading

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