Science Fiction

Nubia: The Awakening by Omar Epps and Clarence A. Haynes: Phenomenal World

For Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho, Nubia is a mystery. Before they were born, a massive storm destroyed their ancestral homeland, forcing their families to flee across the ocean to New York City. Nubia, a utopic island nation off the coast of West Africa, was no more, and their parents’ sorrow was too deep for them …

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Book Review: The Shattered Skies by John Birmingham

Among the Stacks with Duncan: Reviewing The Shattered Skies by John Birmingham The Sturm, an empire of “species purists,” have returned from the farthest reaches of Dark Space to wage a war against what they call mutants and borgs: any human being with genetic or neural engineering. In a sneak attack, they overwhelmed almost all …

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“Midnight at the Organporium by Tara Campbell: Quirky and Diverse

What do a homicidal houseplant, an enchanted office picnic, sentient fog, and the perfect piece of toast have in common? They’re all part of the world of Midnight at the Organporium. At turns droll, wicked, and surreal, these tales cover topics from white flight, to the Princess and the Pea, to marriage in the afterlife. …

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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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