#105 – I want the stars 1964 – Book Review

If your life were centuries long and you could visit anywhere in the cosmos, where would you go, what would you do? What would culture be like? I Want the Stars deals with the existential crisis of finding purpose in a universe that is fully attainable, at your fingertips to be plucked. But humans still have a lot to learn, and finding common ground with other species can be difficult, if not impossible. Will the humans reach a new level of understanding, and can they get along with foreign species long enough to find out?

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Dignity (2011) #104

You may be familiar with Ken Layne’s work through his wonderful magazine / field guide Desert Oracle, and its audio companion Desert Oracle Radio. Dignity acquaints us with yet another side of Layne’s work in this beautiful epistolary novel about going back to nature in a world increasingly collapsing due to greed and lack of ethics. A story of hope and strife that leaves one hoping Ken Layne has more novels on the way.

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Simultaneous Times Vol. 1 (2018) #100

When a couple of sci-fi authors comes together and release an anthology, you can always be sure to be delighted by the depths of their imaginations. Book description: Simultaneous Times Vol.1 is the first in a series of science fiction anthologies from Space Cowboy Books. It is a companion book to the Simultaneous Times podcast […]

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Bone Chase (2020) #99

We’ve all seen those picture on the internet of giant human skeletons, but are they real? In Bone Chase they are, and we are quickly wrapped up into a global network of people who want it to remain a secret. But how do you hide giants and all of the evidence that has been left behind? The Six-Fingered Mafia, and the Council of David have some ideas about that, and are at odds about the future of humankind.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955) #95

Are your loved ones really who you think they are? What if you stood face to face with a member of your family and couldn’t be sure it was really them? Paranoia sweeps through a small town in California sending people in droves to their doctor for reassurance. At the same time odd tales start to emerge about giant seed pods that have been found near a farm on the edge of town. Are they really from space, and if so why are they here?

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