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Sci-fi Novel Review: Sequela by Cleland Smith

Sequela wasn’t necessarily the book that excited me most after making the first pass through my team’s first round assignment of SPSFC books, but it’s safe to say that the audacious premise and polished prose of Cleland Smith’s debut caught my curiosity like nothing else in our round of extended previews.  Sequela takes place in… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Sequela by Cleland Smith

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Sci-fi Novel Review: Day 115 on an Alien World by Jeannette Bedard

When I was making my first pass through my SPSFC team’s first-round allotment, Jeannette Bedard’s Day 115 on an Alien World immediately stood out. With this book being a competition entry, I had no background and didn’t even realize it was a sci-fi mystery novel. So when bodies dropped in the first chapter, it got… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Day 115 on an Alien World by Jeannette Bedard

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Sci-fi Novel Review: Drained by Marc Daniel Acriche

Drained is another entry in the first annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. It produced some division in the extended preview that we used as a first cut, but I found the writing to be smooth and the early tension to be well-built, and I was intrigued to see whether Marc Daniel Acriche’s debut would build… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: Drained by Marc Daniel Acriche

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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Solid-State Shuffle by Jeffrey A. Ballard

The Solid-State Shuffle is another entry in my team’s first round batch of Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) novels. After reading extended previews of each book, we picked ten quarterfinalists to read to completion in search of the three semifinalists that we would pass to the other teams. I had mixed feelings about my introduction,… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Solid-State Shuffle by Jeffrey A. Ballard

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SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Five

It’s done. Team Tar Vol On has finished our first pass through our first-round allotment of books for the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition. We’ve read 10-20% of each book and made a decision on ten quarterfinalists to read through to completion. In the first, second, third, and fourth batches of cuts and quarterfinalists, I advised… Continue reading SPSFC First-Round Cuts and Quarterfinalists, Batch Five