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Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

Today we lost Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. Nimoy was best know for playing the enigmatic Spock in the legendary Star Trek franchise.  Most recently he reprised his roll for Star Trek Into Darkness.  But many fans don’t …

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Review: The Red Wing

Short Attention Span Review™ The Red Wing 2.0 There's really not much more to say about this disappointing science fiction graphic novel. The complex and interesting time travel premise is populated with flat characters and is just not given the …

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Review: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

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Short Attention Span Review™ Consider Phlebas 3.5 Consider Phlebas is a fair to middling space opera novel and the beginning of Banks' Culture Series. Unfortunately, while the novel is rife with adventure and mayhem, the reader never gets the grand …

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2014 Nebula Award Nominees

Nebula Awards

Novel The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu ( ), translated by Ken Liu (Tor) Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace) Annihilation, …

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Review: Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds

Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds

Short Attention Span Review™ Absolution Gap 4.0 A compelling ending to The Inhibitor Trilogy that contains Reynolds' normal and twisted (in some cases grotesquely SICK) gothic space opera elements. But if you inadvertently pick it up assuming its a standalone …

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Review: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Forever War

Short Attention Span Review™ The Forever War 4.0 All in all I found The Forever War a thought provoking and entertaining read, with many parallels to the the experiences war veterans go through during combat and when they return home …

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Review: Slow River by Nicola Griffith

Slow River

Short Attention Span Review™ Slow River 2.5 Slow River is not a science fiction novel, despite having won a Nebula. But it is a novel that breaks down while alternating between a fairly interesting, tragic and sometimes disturbing life story, …

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Review: Transcendental by James Gunn

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Short Attention Span Review™ Transcendental 4.0 I recommend Transcendental if you enjoy space operas that are populated with exotic aliens with mysterious agendas. I would like to see much more of the universe that James Gunn has created, and I …

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Review: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov

Exploding Sun

Short Attention Span Review™ The Gods Themselves 2.0 Fans of hard science fiction will like The God's Themselves. The only comparable hard science fiction works that I've read were authored by Robert L. Forward, who prided himself on the scientific …

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