Science Fiction

May 2022 Duncan’s Book Roundup: Jam Packed Full of Fun

Here for any of our faithful readers is our May 2022 Book Roundup, jam packed full of fun for readers of the magical and mystical. We have a lot this month so hold on tight while I give you the brief on each one.  First up, in the first week of May is Seanan McGuire’s …

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“Rosebud” By Paul Cornell: Elegant and Multi-layered

When five sentient digital beings—condemned for over three hundred years to crew the small survey ship by the all-powerful Company—encounter a mysterious black sphere, their course of action is clear: obtain the object, inform the Company, earn lots of praise. But the ship malfunctions, and the crew has no choice but to approach the sphere …

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Book Review: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

Book Review: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham The galaxy was once terrorized by the Sturm, a group of “species purists” intent on destroying any human with genetic or cybernetic enhancements. Fashioning themselves as the one true “Human Republic,” the Sturm cut a bloody swath across the stars, killing billions before finally being defeated and …

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Three Left Turns to Nowhere by Jeffrey Ricker, J. Marshall Freeman, and Nathan Burgoine: Unique Stories

Three strangers heading to a convention in Toronto are stranded in rural Ontario, where a small town with a subtle kind of magic leads each to discover what he’s been searching for.   Ed Sinclair and his friends get stuck in Hopewell after their car breaks down. It’s snark at first sight when he meets …

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“Noor” by Nnedi Okorafor: Transformational

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt…natural, and that’s putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was “wrong”. But she lived. Then came the …

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Derelict Edited by David B. Coe and Joshua Palmatier

A ship lost with all hands on icy Titan. A dying woman’s soul linked with the fate of an interstellar vessel. A wrecked ferry possessed by the ruin-demon who grounded her. A haunted space cruiser of legend again terrorizing those who travel among the stars. A pirate-ravaged frigate concealing magical secrets that can doom the …

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Dune: The Lady of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson: Intriguing

From Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: The Lady of Caladan is a brand new novel in the internationally bestselling Dune series. Lady Jessica, mother of Paul, and consort to Leto Atreides. The choices she made shaped an empire, but first the Lady of Caladan must reckon with her own betrayal of the Bene …

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Book Review: The Black Tempest by Ryan Dalton

Book Review: The Black Tempest by Ryan Dalton It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the …

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Book Review: The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton.

Book Review: The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton.   When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. Inside the old house, a secret machine with the power to pierce time has reawakened. Meanwhile, lightning …

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Book Review: The Disciple and Other Stories by Gini Koch writing as Gemma Chase

Book Review: The Disciple and Other Stories of the Paranormal by Gini Koch writing as Jemma Chase A time-traveling vampire hunter. The search for the hottest place on Earth. A salvage hunter at the edge of the galaxy. A maze that grows more terrifying with each turn. And someone trapped in a deadly game of …

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