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BVC Announces Law of Survival by Kristine Smith

Jani Kilian finally has her life under control. Discharged from the Service, she’s become an important player in negotiations with the alien idomeni.

But when a classified report containing revelations about past crimes comes to light, Jani realizes that old enemies still seek to destroy her. Continue reading

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A Weekend With Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway

My best time at FOGcon came on the first night. First I listened to a riveting interview Brad Lyau conducted with Science Guest of Honor Donna Haraway. Then I participated in a panel on the economic singularity, which went well. … Continue reading

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My genre is growing up

Someone I know is writing an article about aspects of science fiction, and has been looking at the evolution of the genre in addition to parallel readings of various kinds. So a lot of our conversations have been about science … Continue reading

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Great Reads for a Rainy Winter Day

Girl reading with dog

The redwoods have been getting their fair share of the rain, and I’ve been holed up with a pile of wonderful books. Some of these came from my gigantic “To Be Read” bookshelf and others fall under the category of … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall” by Chris Dolley

The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall

The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries 4 by Chris Dolley An escaped cannibal, a family curse … and Reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Could things get any worse for the Baskerville-Smythe family? As the … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Rules of Conflict The Jani Kilian Chronicles, Book 2 by Kristine Smith After eighteen years, Captain Jani Kilian’s life as a fugitive has ended. Captured by the Service, she now faces court martial. It will surely lead to her execution.

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Instrumentality of Women by Amy Sterling Casil

Instrumentality of Women by Amy Sterling Casil

In the Nebula Award-nominated “To Kiss the Star,” gravely disabled Mel Armstrong gets the chance to explore the stars, but doesn’t want to leave the man she loves behind. Fourteen stories by Amy Sterling Casil. Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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