Category Archives: science fiction

Reprise on Bricolage

  A couple years back, people linked to Lev Grossman’s list of twenty things he’d like to see in fantasy novels. Discussion of lists like this can slow to a halt when writers pop up, issuing long comments about how … Continue reading

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Grokking Karen Joy Fowler

Artificial Things

I worked in the early 70s as the children’s book buyer for an Austin bookstore called Grok Books. It was the predecessor to Bookpeople, the city’s highly successful indie bookstore, but I’m mentioning it here because of the name, which … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Seas of Ernathe by Jeffrey A. Carver

Seas of Ernathe by Jeffrey A. Carver

Seas of Ernathe A Novel of the Star Rigger Universe by Jeffrey A. Carver Starship rigging is a long-lost art. But the ocean world Ernathe may hold the key to its rediscovery, if a young star pilot can learn the … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from Across the Spectrum, edited by Pati Nagle and Deborah J. Ross

Across the Spectrum

Across the Spectrum Book View Cafe Fifth Anniversary Collection edited by Pati Nagle and Deborah J. Ross Perfect Stranger By Amy Sterling Casil Author’s Note: My son Anthony died in 2005. He was born with Down Syndrome. I began thinking … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Infinity Link by Jeffrey A. Carver

The Infinity Link by Jeffrey A. Carver

The Infinity Link by Jeffrey A. Carver Ancient alien travelers. Hopeless love. Astonishing encounter. Mozelle Moi’s life turns into a flight of fear and astounding discovery, as she becomes enmeshed in a secret government project to make first contact with … Continue reading

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Evolution in Creative Arts: Thoughts After a Kodo Performance

Kodo Tour

I saw the latest touring performance by Kodo last weekend, the “One Earth Tour 2015: Mystery.” This is the fourth time I’ve seen them and the performance was – as usual – remarkable and stunning. It was also very different … Continue reading

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Reading Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Elysium

Elysium

Jennifer Marie Brissett’s novel Elysium moved me so much that I began making a list of people to give it to. This is a perfect book for my friends who only read “literary” fiction, I thought. It’s beautifully written and … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: from Mad Science Cafe, Edited by Deborah J. Ross

Mad Science Cafe

Mad Science Cafe edited by Deborah J. Ross Willie by Madeleine E. Robins The night is stormy. Each time the sky lightens, the air in the lab is filled with static. The Doctor did not intend to work so late, … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Rapture Effect by Jeffrey A. Carver

The Rapture Effect by Jeffrey A. Carver

The Rapture Effect by Jeffrey A. Carver War between the stars. It was started by an AI, and few humans even knew there was a war at all. But now people are dying, not just robots and aliens–and the AI … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Polar City Blues by Katharine Kerr

Polar City Blues

Polar City Blues by Katharine Kerr Hagar’s enormous sun sets in an opalescent haze, the sky brindled a metallic red-orange that seems insultingly gaudy, as if a cheap holopix director were designing an alien sky.  As the red fades into … Continue reading

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