Posts labeled Science Fiction

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Review - Temerity by Toshi Drake

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Gratch is trying to enjoy a bit of downtime at a resort where he and the rest of the crew are attending a conference between the Terran forces of the VCC, the Maternai who control the ship's hearts, and the Asyrans. Everyone wants to know why the pirate Siwa are so set on getting ahold of the cephalopod navigators, as well as why they're so focused on the Padua and her crew.

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Review - Calarni by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris BrackHaus

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Yaden and Ivan are off on another mission for the Lotus Knights. This time they're off to explore a new star system that's been found at the end of one of the gateways ships use to jump between systems. It seems simple enough, but Lotus Knight missions never go according to plan. Things go sideways rather spectacularly this time, and the pair find themselves in another galaxy with no apparent way home, or to even contact their friends.

Tags: Fantasy Virasana Empire Science Fiction

 

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Review - Allure of Oartheca by James Siewart

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Rowland Hale is about to pull off the biggest ‘salvage’ job of his career. With his crew, he's managed to track down a long-lost cargo shuttle carrying some extremely valuable goods, along with some nearly priceless technology. He has managed to break through the security systems keeping the shuttle locked tight, and his crew is beginning the recovery when the worst happens. They are attacked by a ship belonging to one of the most feared species in the galaxy.

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Review - Defending the Guard's Pet Hacker by Dani Gray

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Young hacker Xed is kidnapped along with his family and is forced to break into government systems to steal information. The people holding him are brutal and have demonstrated they will stop at nothing, including murder, to make Xed do what they want. The young man is bright, and while he steals information, it's not the sensitive data the kidnappers really want. All the while, he's looking for ways to get a message through to someone who can rescue him and his family.

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Review - Potential Energy by Kim Fielding

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Haz Taylor is down on his luck, and he's been there for a year now. He managed to get his heavily damaged ship to a backwater planet, but without the use of the vessel, he has no way to make money to pay for repairs. Hope for escape seems to come from the most unlikely quarter: His old commander from the Earth-based Coalition, who offers to cover the cost of fixing Haz's ship and hire back his old crew.

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Review - Submitted by Sam Burns and W.M. Fawkes

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Homeless and living on the street since his father threw him out for being gay, of all the humans taken by the Thorzen, Beau has the fewest reasons to ever want to return to earth. He may be kept in a cell in a lab, but he's fed and doesn't seem to be in any danger, even if the lab's leader Crux does sneer at him. And there's definitely a small bright spot: Crux's son Vorian, who just about everyone avoids, seems to have take an interest in Beau that is more than a little friendly.

Tags: Science Fiction Kidnapped by Aliens

 

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Review - The Alpha King's Surprise by Dani Gray

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Tom wants to surprise his husband Kalon on their one-year anniversary, which also happens to be the Danzaith version of Valentines Day. It's not just a romantic gesture. The young man feels the two have grown apart due to royal commitments and taking care of their two children, which Tom gave birth to. It's not easy to clear the schedule of a busy king, especially when there's someone who keeps breaking into the palace's computer systems and taking data.

Tags: Science Fiction Short

 

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Review - Alien Heart by Alex Timothy

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Sorry, but this is one of those books that's hard to review without a few minor spoilers. You have been warned. Earth's first alien contact is with a species that becomes known as the “Hush”, who come from a planet of mostly ice and have technology far more advanced than humans. Initially friendly, the Hush exchange come of their tech for farm produce. But then they begin to see humans as stupid and short-sighted for their lack of care for the environment they're blessed with.

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Review - There Will Be Aliens by Holly Day

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Carlo and his best friend Grace are having drinks, commiserating over the loss of Carlo's cheating boyfriend. They've had a bit too much to drink, and on their way home they're kidnapped by aliens along with several other earth women. Captain Zenon and his crew have been ordered to bring back some earth women to try and solve their race's reproductive issues. The male, Carlo, isn't necessary but there's something about the man that “Zen” can't resist, even though it makes him uncomfortable.

Tags: Science Fiction Novella Kidnapped by Aliens

 

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Review - Sanctity by Toshi Drake

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Jax Trest is the chief engineer on board the Padua, so when the ship's mechanique Michael Collins gets stranded on an abandoned ship, it's Jax's job to try and support the squid-like ship's heart, even though humans can't bond with the hearts, in theory. When Collins is finally rescued and reunited with the heart, the loss of the connection Jax had with it sends him into a spiraling depression, made more difficult by the belief that he can't explain the problem to anyone.

Tags: Science Fiction Queer