LitStack Review: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Aurora Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit Release Date:  July 7, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-09810-6 It’s hard to know how to review Kim Stanley Robinson’s new science fiction novel, Aurora, and do it justice. On one hand, to read it meticulously means there are pages – and pages – of highly involved, dry, motionless prose that are cerebral [….]

LitStack Review: Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman

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Dark Orbit Carolyn Ives Gilman Tor Release Date:  July 14, 2015 ISBN 978 0-7653-3629-3 So much of the science fiction genre – the “ships in space” part of the genre – has, understandably, been based on exploration and discovery.  I mean, what can be more exciting than imagining new worlds, new creatures, new sensibilities, and [….]

LitStack Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

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Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie Orbit Books Release Date:  October 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-24665-1 The following review of Ancillary Sword contains spoilers for those who have not yet read the initial volume in the “Imperial Radch Trilogy”, Ancillary Justice. * * * * * In 2013, Ann Leckie debuted her first novel, Ancillary Justice; other than [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Echo’ by James Smythe

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The Echo James Smythe Harper Voyager Publication Date:  January 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-228728-1 Outer space – real space, not the space of zooming starships and photon torpedoes and intergalactic confederacies – is silent.  It is vast, empty.  It is dark.  It is full of the unknown. James Smythe’s novel The Echo captures this expanse of [….]