Previewing ‘Empress of Forever’

I had a chance to preview Empress of Forever, out this June, and it is the wildest of rides through space, time, and reality. It’s the kind of book that slowly pulls you in, showing you an interesting character who seems pretty normal. She makes a big life decision, adding a bit of intrigue to…

‘The Only Living Girl Volume 1’ Review: Science Amidst Chaos

The Only Living Girl Volume 1 follows a young girl who is a brilliant scientist on another world beyond Earth. She’s inquisitive and incredibly smart, using her skills to problem solve in dangerous situations. With such a scientific mind at the forefront, this becomes a teaching piece at times, showing how scientific curiosity typically unfolds from…

‘The Obsoletes’ Review: Robo-Adolescence On Display

The Obsoletes is a robot-meets-coming-of-age tale, balancing the angst of a teenage boy with the difficulties of operating as a robot in an unaccepting human world. The protagonist is a deeply complex character who spends every waking moment trying to get by in the world. He acts as father, mother, and brother in the household, presenting…

‘Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird’ Short Review

Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird is a delightful story, detailing the reboot of a long dead race on a distant planet. We follow a robot who spends millions of years preparing the perfect world for a new race of monkeys. The scope of the story covers hundreds of millions of years, giving a startling…

‘Eighteen Songs by Debussy’ Short Review

Eighteen Songs by Debussy provides a series of fascinating snippets laid out in a connected montage. This is a world inhabited by robots and mechanical beings, a world so futuristic that it feels like a fantasy. The writing style is wonderfully whimsical, taking on an Alice in Wonderland feel throughout. We see the mating rituals…

‘String City’ Review: The Most Epic Place You’ll Ever Set Eyes On

String City is bursting at the seams with an originality that left me in awe of the author’s ability to fit so much into one novel. This is a well-crafted, fast-paced detective story, filled with science fiction and fantasy elements. It’s as though everything from the speculative genres converges in this singularly unique place. The…

‘Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees’ Short Review

Tactical Infantry Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees is the story of a robot in touch with their inner poet, embroiled in a decades-long war with no end in sight. The story begins in the midst of a battle with bullets flying left and right, shells exploding hills of sand, and the gore of death permeating…

A People’s Future of the United States: 25 Possibilities for Tomorrow

A People’s Future of the United States gives a glimpse of 25 different futures. The extremely talented cast of writers covers the most pressing topics of our day, looking at women’s rights, racism, homophobia, climate change, robot–human relations, and so much more. The world is a scary place and stories like these show us what we…

‘Good News, Bad News’ Short Review

Good News, Bad News by Charles Yu features a future world where technology has run rampant and the absurdities of today have been multiplied ten-fold. Yu alternates between heartbreaking, hilarious, and concerning, giving us a few news stories from a day in the life of the future. The stories run the gamut from climate change to…

Previewing ‘The Obsoletes’

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live as a robot teenager? Would it be just as angsty? Would you stick out in a crowd? Would you eat everything in sight? The answers can be found in The Obsoletes, an upcoming novel by Simeon Mills. It’s a coming-of-age tale told in a…