‘Longer’ Review: In Search of More Time

Longer is a unique dive into the human psyche to examine what it means to extend the human lifespan. It’s the best kind of character piece, focusing on personal conversations and overarching themes that go beyond explosive plot points. This is the story of a woman who wants to live forever and a man who…

‘Walking to Aldebaran’ Review: A Mind-Blowing Descent into Madness

Walking to Aldebaran is a mesmerizing descent into absolute madness. What begins as an exciting trek to a mysterious object nestled at the end of our solar system morphs into untold horrors as a single astronaut descends further into the bowels of an endless cavern. The protagonist begins as a human we can empathize with…

‘The Undefeated’ Review: An End to Some, A Beginning to Others

The Undefeated is smart, insightful storytelling, following a writer in her later years as she returns to her childhood home on a planet soon to be invaded. What starts as a bit of fond reminiscence becomes a story of oppression, detailing the everyday acceptance of slavery in the shared universal culture. We see how prejudices…

‘Radicalized’ Review: Science Fiction Meets Modern Society

Radicalized is a no holds barred look at the major issues plaguing our modern day society, incorporating science fiction and technology elements into smart, on point storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, marveling at how well he is able to discuss and breakdown issues like income inequality, racial profiling, a corrupt health system, and the…

‘Alice Payne Rides’ Review: Creating the Right Shade of History

Alice Payne Rides returns us to a world of time travel, filled with daring missions and elaborate plots to keep the world running. This sequel to Alice Payne Arrives adds a new and welcome complexity to the many storylines Alice finds herself in. The race is on to prevent the erasure of a key character…

‘Alice Payne Arrives’ Review: Saving the World One Time at a Time

Alice Payne Arrives is a perfect time travel novella, matching courageous protagonists with a history-defining mission to fix the problems humanity has created in the future. Heartfield expertly balances the wonders of time travel with the dangers of re-writing the past, giving us a high-stakes operation where every action can make a big difference. It’s…

Review: Examining Human Psychology in ‘The Test’

It’s hard to discuss The Test without giving away key plot details. As a summary, it’s a harrowing read, filled with deep questions about ethics, human psychology, and the impact of trauma. I recommend giving it a read. To go into a bit more detail… The Test is an examination of what it means to…

Binti: The Complete Trilogy: Stories We Know (And One We Don’t)

The Binti series is one of the deepest set of books I’ve read in years. It’s full of heart and soul-searching, featuring a young woman who desperately wants to know who she is amidst the many cultures that would claim her. Binti travels through space, sets foot on a new world, expands her knowledge beyond…

Binti: The Night Masquerade: A Beginning at the End

Binti: The Night Masquerade is a lesson in tragedy and heartbreak, ending in a flourish of hopefulness for a peaceful future. Okorafor’s examination of cultural ties is on point, sending Binti deeper into her heritage as she continues to discover who she is. Relationships strengthen, a new identity emerges and in the end, she becomes…