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Hard Reboot | Django Wexler
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Mehso-so

This was me giving Django Wexler a second chance. It went better than the first, but not by much. The non-action parts were enjoyable, but whenever the action started, my brain turned off. Too much visuals and too little everything else, perhaps? I don‘t have complete aphantasia, but it‘s close—if there‘s nothing but eye input in a book, I‘m unable to really enjoy it 😞

3.0/5

#sf #lgbtq #lgbtqsf #wlw #onedayread #smallbooks

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Local Star | Aimee Ogden
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Mehso-so

Good thing this #sf #novella isn‘t long; otherwise, I wouldn‘t be able to handle the unlikeability of the characters. Surprisingly though, packed in this short action flick, it mostly works. The bad guys are also kind of flat, but the rest of the worldbuilding is decent—especially the half-built, half-bioengineered space stations and ships. Overall, it has potential on which it doesn‘t really deliver.

2.75/5

#smallbooks #onedayread #lgbtq

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Now Will Machines Devour the Stars | Benjanun Sriduangkaew
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Imagine a #sf #cyberpunk #spaceopera told from the perspectives of an evil admiral of a mercenary fleet and her faithful lieutenant/wife. It‘s a rare unicorn: a dark #powercouple in a long-established #lgbtq relationship. Sex, death, echos of betrayal, and whimsical AIs of uncertain allegiances abound.

Previous volumes were each more of a standalone story; this one capitalizes on them.

4.5/5

#sfwrittenbyawoman #series #onedayread #smallbooks

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Mehso-so

Weird little thing—with interesting worldbuilding—that in the end didn‘t really know what it wanted to be. It ended so abruptly.

The ecologic disaster #postapocalypse plot is a bit similar to Valente‘s The Past is Red—except Valente does it better (if with fewer droids).

3.0/5

#sf #audiobook #onedayread #smallbooks #standalone

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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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Framing device: Canterbury tales.

Some women meet in Hell‘s Kitchen (the actual Hell‘s actual Kitchen). There‘s a refrigerator looming in the corner, and in the women‘s lives, there were once #superheroes.

One more thing our “heroines” have in common: their inferior #shortstories have turned them bitter.

Audiobook recommended, and (this time) +5 for Valente.

#anthology #feminism #sf #sfwrittenbyawoman

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Summer Frost | Blake Crouch
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What is a game, and what is reality? How much does it matter? What reality would an AI even want? What does it mean to be someone's God?

“You made me in your image, and now I will remake you in mine.”

I haven‘t realized how much I needed a nice #sf #thriller #shortstory / #novella about the dangers of #artificialintelligence. Great palate cleanser.

4.5/5

#smallbooks #onedayread

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Then Will the Sun Rise Alabaster | Benjanun Sriduangkaew
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A #shortstory in the Machine Mandate #series. The Alabaster Admiral Anoushka, with her wife Numadesi, infiltrates a coven of religious fanatics. The story is told from the POV of a young sister. In an attempt to convert her, the coven stripped her of everything—her childhood, her memories, even her name. Dark, futuristic, and gay—what‘s not to like?

(A bit too short, tho.)

3.5/5

#sf #sfwrittenbyawoman #lgbtq #smallbooks #onedayread

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Noor | Nnedi Okorafor
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Mehso-so

I‘d claim Nnedi Okorafor is similar to LeGuin when it comes to the structure of her characters‘ journeys; plus, she is to #sf what #magicalrealism is to fantasy. And while I usually prefer my sf a little harder, the whimsicality of her works and the undeniable freshness of her ideas have their appeal. As with magical realism and fantasy fans, not every sf fan will like this—though if you did, do yourself a favor, and read Remote Control next.

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The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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A lesbian stuck in a cave system full of monsters, clutching at a fragile lifeline held by a woman who, with every passing second, seems more and more like a monster herself—this one is about that relationship and emotions, and not really about plot.

If you're into messy humans, this book is for you. If your enjoyment depends on exciting plot twists, nope out.

4.0/5

#SF #Horror #LGBTQ #WLW #Standalone