LitStack Review: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

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Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire, Book 2) Yoon Ha Lee Solaris Release Date:  June 13, 2017 ISBN 978-1-78108-537-0 In 2016, Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, burst on the scene and established itself as the newest entry in the trend towards imaginative, complex, norm-bending science fiction (think Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series, Kameron Hurley’s The [….]

LitStack Review: The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

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The Last Good Man Linda Nagata Mythic Island Press Release Date:  June 20, 2017 Oh my, does Linda Nagata know how to write thrilling military science fiction, or what? (The answer is an unequivocal “yes.”) Following her superlative The Red trilogy (The Red: First Light, The Trials, Going Dark), Ms. Nagata returns to military science [….]

LitStack Review: The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

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The Wanderers Meg Howrey G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  March 14, 2017 ISBN 978-0-3995-7473-4 This book…wow. I read a lot of books; a lot of good books. But this one? Wow. The Wanderers is a work of fiction but it feels real, taking place in the imminent present day surrounding the final training simulation [….]

LitStack Review: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley Saga Press Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-4793-5 Kameron Hurley does not write pretty stories. But they are pretty darned amazing. Her newest work, the space opera The Stars Are Legion, is somewhat easy to summarize: in a system of decaying worldships known as the Legion, a struggle [….]

LitStack Review: Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele

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Avengers of the Moon A Captain Future Novel Allen Steele Tor Books Release Date:  April 11, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-8218-4 In 1940, a new pulp science-fiction series debuted:  Curt Newton – known as Captain Future – was a young, handsome adventurer as well as a brilliant scientist and intrepid inventor. From 1940 to 1951, Captain Future [….]

LitStack Review: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

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Six Wakes Mur Lafferty Orbit Books Release Date:  January 31, 2017 ISBN 978-0-316-38968-6 Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes is a science fiction novel about clones and a space mission gone awry.  But it’s also a murder mystery, with many moving parts. Both aspects of the book feed off the other, and both are equally riveting. Crewman [….]

LitStack Review: Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller

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Shadow Run Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller Delacorte Press Release Date:  March 21, 2017 ISBN 978-0-399-55253-3 “Firefly meets Dune in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.” Uh, oh. Anytime you invoke sci-fi classics – especially pop culture classics – [….]

LitStack Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

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All Our Wrong Todays Elan Mastai Penguin Random House LLC Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-1019-8513-7 Most of us have read stories about future dystopias; for a while it seems like they dominated the speculative fiction landscape. Some of the stories would chronicle our descent from the present to the dilapidated future, but often [….]

LitStack Review: The End of All Things by John Scalzi

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The End of All Things John Scalzi Tor Books Release Date:  May 31, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7607-7 Full disclosure:  I adore John Scalzi. I enjoy his writing, which I find adroit and entertaining. As a social media persona, I find him quick witted and refreshingly candid. As a person, I find him lovable and genuine. So [….]

LitStack Review: High Stakes – A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

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High Stakes:  A Wild Cards Novel George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, editors Tor Books Release Date:  August 30, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-3562-3 In 1983, author George R. R. Martin was given a birthday gift:  SuperWorld, a roleplaying game. For two years, he and his Albuquerque gaming circle obsessed over building characters that then [….]