Shorts: Unter

A young man gets caught up in a software that allows strangers to access his body in order to gain new experiences in the outside world. As the stakes continue to increase, he begins to wonder if he’s gotten himself into a bad situation. With strong writing and a solid story progression, Unter provides enough…

Shorts: Lieutenant Tightass

This tightly written story (pun intended) within an existing universe pairs an annoying Lieutenant with a badass Captain and her crew as they try to rescue a lost ship in the clutches of foldspace. It’s similar to an episode of Star Trek if the crew didn’t follow protocols, spent more time getting drunk, and had…

Shorts: Ephemera

Following a sentient robot whose gone a bit kooky in his centuries alone, we see a dark fate for the human race and the last remaining bastion of humanity’s gifts to the universe. The robot has a great personality and his frequent quotes from classic literature, modern music and movies add a fun aspect to…

Shorts: Attachment Unavailable

I love the concept of this story. Even after an alien invasion, where so much of our world has changed, the same nonsense of social media groups continues. People remain as uninformed as they ever were, citing themselves as experts after only reading headlines and the first few comments on an article. While hilarious, it’s…

Shorts: Rules of Biology

Rules of Biology features succinct impactful writing, showcasing a man in denial about his abandoned suburban life who is forced to come to terms with his absence as a father. This alternate reality provides the ultimate punishment to men who cast their children aside in the form of a genetic mutation that triggers when a…

Shorts: Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain

Tackling alternate realities in a short story sounds like a difficult task, but Palmer completes it with ease, giving us a bunch of possible futures within the same forest setting. Most of them are terrible and tragic, with the occasional happy ending. Her writing style lends a lot to the story as she paints a…

Review: The Calculating Stars, A Lady Astronaut Novel

Spanning the gamut of physics, mathematics and space travel, The Calculating Stars is an alternate history of the space race, as humanity attempts to ensure their survival following a catastrophic global event. With a brilliantly rendered protagonist and a group of dedicated women pilots and mathematicians, this ode to female empowerment is a wonderful read…

Review: Gate Crashers

Tomlinson has mastered science fiction humor, pairing witty one-liners with a strong story to create a wild ride you’ll want a ticket for. If you’re looking for a delightful, hilarious romp through space, complete with alien races and a robust cast of characters, this is the book for you. It definitely made me chuckle, watching our…

Review: The Expert System’s Brother

Complete with masterful world-building and a cast of characters both advanced and arcane in their perceptions of the world, The Expert System’s Brother asks what it means to be human when mysterious forces control human society. The combination of a simple civilization, along with a surprising origin story, makes for an impactful read that asks…

Review: Side Life

A wild journey through infinite possible realities, Side Life will leave you reeling, contemplating the existence of reality and the many ways your life could have turned out differently. It starts with a simple enough story and ends as a warped and twisted take on life and the reality of this man who no longer…