More Than Human

by Theodore Sturgeon “No one knows what’s really wrong with you but you; no one can find a cure for it but you; no one but you can identify it as a cure; and once you find it, no one but you can do anything about it.” The twin sisters can teleport. The baby holds... Continue Reading →

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In A Glass Darkly

by Sheridan le Fanu “All lights are the same to me,” he said; “except when I read or write, I care not if night were perpetual.” There are five stories in this rather sizable book, which makes them more novella or novelette length than shorts, despite the book being known as a short story collection.... Continue Reading →

The Humanoids

by Jack Williamson Utterly benevolent, more dreadful than anything evil, these perfect and eternal keepers of mankind prohibited even the freedom of despair. Originally published as a novelette (With Folded Hands) and expanded to novel form a year later, The Humanoids opens with a human race that's spread across the galaxy but never managed to shed itself... Continue Reading →

The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi Children playing at war. Children who don't deserve to die, but are too foolish to live. Our futures have been ravaged, partially by war, partially by disease, but mostly by megalithic corporations. Food cannot grow, and what little can actually be produced is seized in the vice grip of a few mega-corporations... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern "People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see." Two men, ancient beyond the scope of the story, agree on a wager, with each picking a youth to train as a champion. When the time is right, the students will battle, and the... Continue Reading →

Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer "Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron." 12-year-old Artemis, father gone and mother’s health failing, undertakes the restoration of the Fowl family fortune by exploiting the faerie world he’s just discovered. But the new world is formidable, with magics... Continue Reading →

Deliverance

by James Dickey “I’ll take what I’ve got. I don’t read books and I don’t have theories. What’d be the use? What you’ve got is a fantasy life.” “That’s all anybody has got.” Four city boys, bored with mundane suburban lives and office jobs, take canoes to a nearby river to get away for a... Continue Reading →

The City & The City

by China Mieville Is it more foolish and childish to assume there is a conspiracy, or that there is not? In an odd kind of futuristic noir, Inspector Borlu lives in a city that’s split to the point its inhabitants aren’t legally allowed to acknowledge the other city, so anyone living there carefully learns to... Continue Reading →

Gateway

by Frederik Pohl Rob Broadhead, a food miner working in terrible conditions, wins the lottery and decides to use all proceeds to purchase a one-way ticket to Gateway, an abandoned alien space station featuring built-in ships taking explorers to unknown destinations in space. Less than one-third of the ships ever come back, and may that... Continue Reading →

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