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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

In about a month, I’ve gone from never having read anything by Becky Chambers to having read two novels and a novella. While neither of the other two hit the five-star threshold, I could see clear progression as a writer from her debut to her Best Novella finalist. And so I was looking forward to… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

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Sci-fi Novella Review: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

This summer is quickly taking me from not having read any Becky Chambers to reading three of her books, given a late-series Hugo nomination for Best Novel and a series-opener nominated for Best Novella. But A Psalm for the Wild-Built may be the novella that I had heard most about in 2021, so I was… Continue reading Sci-fi Novella Review: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

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Sci-fi Novel Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire won the Hugo Award for Best Novel shortly after I had gotten back into speculative fiction but before I started following genre awards. But with its sequel nominated for Best Novel this year, I figured it was high time to circle back and read Arkady Martine’s debut.  A Memory Called Empire… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

For the last couple years, the list of recent speculative fiction that everyone else seems to have read but that I hadn’t started with Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. But when the most recent book in her Wayfarers series was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, I finally… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Sci-fi Novel Review: Captain Wu by Patrice Fitzgerald and Jack Lyster

My final read in the finals of the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) had perhaps the best combination of consistent praise (90% of individual ratings coming in at 7.5/10 or higher) and high ceiling (20% of individual ratings coming in at 9/10) in the first two rounds. The blurb pitching an action-heavy space opera didn’t… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Captain Wu by Patrice Fitzgerald and Jack Lyster

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Sci-fi Novel Review: A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts

I’m closing the inaugural Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) with two finalists that had extremely high ratings floors in the first two rounds. Today, I’ll be looking at A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts, a novel that received a score of at least 8/10 from nine of the ten judges that rated it… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts

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Sci-fi/Fantasy Novel Review: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

I saw quite a bit of hype last year for Ryka Aoki’s debut novel Light From Uncommon Stars, but not enough to convince me it was up my alley—the flying donut shop and Douglas Adams namecheck made me expect a zany romp that would inevitably fall short of Douglas Adams. But its nomination for the… Continue reading Sci-fi/Fantasy Novel Review: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

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Sci-fi Novel Review: Monster of the Dark by K.T. Belt

Monster of the Dark consistently garnered some of the highest scores of the first two rounds of the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC), with ratings of at least 8.5/10 from more than half of the judges who read it. And given its billing as a deeply psychological character study of a powerful clairvoyant taken from… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Monster of the Dark by K.T. Belt