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Sci-fi Novel Review: Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reader Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Far from the Light of Heaven will be released on October 26, 2021.  Earlier this year, I read my first book from Tade Thompson, the Nommo Award-winning Rosewater (full review). While it didn’t click… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

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SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Three

Team Tar Vol On continues to work through our first-round batch of Self-Published Science Fiction Competition entries, and we’ve passed the halfway point. If you haven’t been following along, you can check out batch one and batch two; otherwise, read on for another set of cuts and quarterfinalists. Neworld Papers Author: K. B. Shaw. Premise:… Continue reading SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Three

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SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Two

On Thursday, we made the first cuts and introduced the first quarterfinalists for Team Tar Vol On’s first round entries in the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. Today, it’s time for another batch. If you’ve been following this competition, you know the procedure by now (and if you haven’t, refer back to the linked post), so… Continue reading SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Two

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Fantasy Novella Review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

At long last, I’ve made it to Seanan McGuire’s Hugo Finalist. Well, this year’s Hugo Finalist. For Best Novella. Look, McGuire gets nominated a lot. At any rate, Come Tumbling Down, the fifth installment in the Wayward Children series, garnered a Best Novella nomination, and I figured I’d try to give myself the best chance… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

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SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch One

After a month of silence and a lot of reading, Team Tar Vol On has begun to make decisions about our first-round entries in the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. To refresh your memory, our team of six judges began with 30 self-published science fiction novels, and we’ve spent the last month reading extended previews (10-20%)… Continue reading SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch One

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Fantasy Novella Review: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby drew almost unanimous praise last year in my corners of the sci-fi/fantasy internet, being hailed as a powerful and timely exploration of race in America. Unsurprisingly, it garnered plenty of award consideration, and my journey through the Hugo Award Finalists for Best Novella proved a convenient time to pull it off… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal won a Hugo in 2019 with the excellent The Calculating Stars, an alternate history space race with plenty of hypercompetent women pressing against social prejudice (it spends more time on gender than race, but I’d recommend this for fans of Hidden Figures). But The Calculating Stars was itself a prequel to her… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal