Deep Future – Eric Brown

A collection of speculative fiction stories, including some related to the Kethani universe. I first encountered Eric Brown via his novel Helix, which I thought was interesting in a Ringworld or Jack McDevitt kind of way – an intriguing alien artifact explored – while remaining lightish adventure. I picked up several of Brown’s other books to find them quite different – understated speculation in a vaguely Richard Cowperish style, but without the same depth. Then…

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The Destiny of the Sword – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #3 Wallie Smith, reincarnated as Shonsu of the Seventh Sword, and struggling to fulfill the Goddess’ mandate, has gathered a small group of talented supporters, but ruined his reputation in the process. Now, he has to recruit an army composed of fellow swordsmen – who all despise him. I don’t recall why I didn’t pick the Seventh Sword series up when I first saw it years ago. Possibly because of its ‘sidewise’ concept,…

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The Serpent Sea – Martha Wells

Books of the Raksura #2 Moon and the Indigo Cloud court of Raksura shapeshifters have lost their home, and are returning to the court’s original location. When they reach it, they find looters have stolen the heart seed, without which the home tree is dying. Moon and other Raksura set out to track down the seed and recover it. If there weren’t plenty of evidence against it, I’d think that the Martha Wells who wrote…

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Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds

Scur, a conscripted soldier, is captured, tortured, and left to die. To her surprise, she wakes up on a malfunctioning transport, along with war criminals and prisoners. She pulls them the wakened transportees together to preserve vital data, and to carry out her revenge against her torturer. I liked Alistair Reynolds’ Revelation Space, but I found subsequent books to be slow going and I stopped buying. When I saw this novella on NetGalley, I planned…

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The Multiplex Man – James P. Hogan

Richard Jarrow, a conformist schoolteacher in the ever more rigid European American Consolidation, wakes one day to find himself in a strange place, with five months of his life missing. He has papers that show a new name, and his only lead is a woman who thinks he’s her recently deceased lover. Records say he himself died months ago. Trying to make sense of the situation, he follows clues that lead ever deeper into a…

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Transformer – M. A. Foster

Morphodite #2 After bringing down the government of lonely Oerlikon, Phaedrus attempted to settle into a peaceful life. But when agents are sent to collect or kill him, he transforms yet again and leaves the planet to seek out those who created him. Transformer is mostly a better book than its predecessor. With a far narrower physical scope than the elaborate worldbuilding of The Morphodite, it takes place largely in lonely regions of Oerlikon and…

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