Posts labeled Speculative Fiction

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Review - Beware Mohawks Bearing Gifts by SA Collins

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In an alternate universe, the British did not abandon the native Americans at the Treaty of Paris, ending the American revolution, and kept their promise to help the tribes establish their own homeland. Twenty years later, tensions are high between the confederated native lands and the nascent United States, which is hemmed in between the natives and the Atlantic Ocean. In New York, William Hallet is a bit of a dandy but has a taste for adventure.

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Review - A Fall In Autumn by Michael G. Williams

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More than 9,000 years in the future, civilization is again in decline, having clawed back from a complete collapse of technology, the environment and society. Of the great flying cities that were originally built to lift people above a polluted world, only Autumn remains. The city is populated mostly by genetically enhanced humans, along with human-animal hybrids providing manual labor, and a very few “artisanal” humans — those born the traditional way of un-enhanced genetic stock.

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Review - Going Rogue by Kass Barrow

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Blake is just finishing up his shift at the front desk of a London hotel when a very handsome yet very strange man appears, looking for a female companion. The man, Ray, is eccentric, to say the least, and apparently straight, but Blake can’t seem to resist trying to help him on his quest despite his own attraction. Although, once he gets to know Ray and finally learns the true nature of his quest, he begins to question everything.

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Review - Heat for Sale by Blake Moreno

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In a world made up solely of males, university student Adrien is an omega, a male capable of bearing a child, and he is about to experience his first heat. Most omegas would have close family to arrange for an alpha to handle the delicate situation, but Adrien is all alone. Since he’s also in need of money to pay for the rest of his education, he has little choice but to auction off his first heat, and the possibility to be bred, to the highest bidder.

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Review - Evolved by N.R. Walker

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Lloyd’s ex planted the seed when he told him only a robot could satisfy his need for order, quite and intellect. The seed grows and soon Lloyd is serious considering the purchase of an android. It is the year 2068 after all, and “fully functional” androids or gynoids are readily available, for those than can afford them. It seems to be the only way Lloyd can have a relationship with someone he can stand to be around, and what could go wrong?

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Review - The Rain Never Came by Lachlan Walter

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Kindly note: A complementary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. In a post-apocalyptic Australian outback where rain is a distant memory, a few hardy — or fool-hardy — souls have resisted forced evacuation and try to eke out a life from the parched earth. Bill and Tobe are two of the denizens of a small town that’s barely hanging on. The two men are as close as brothers, true “mates” in the Australian sense of the word, but their pasts cast a long shadow over their relationship.

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Review - Brobots by Trevor Barton

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While out walking his dog, professional programmer and amateur tinkerer Jared comes across a discarded robot. It’s the latest model of sentient androids from Brobotics, and seems to be suffering from no more than a dud battery. On a whim, Jared takes the junked ‘Byron’ home to try and fix. He has no idea that his little act of kindness is effectively the start of a revolution that will uncover dark conspiracies.

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Review - Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass

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In the not too distant future, the world is even more corporatized and consumerist than it is now. “The System” as it’s called, is all about creating the next “new” thing that people will believe they need to make them happy, at least for a while. Jeffrey Cooper is a key cog in the machine. His ability to discern what will make a product appeal to the market it’s targeted at makes him valuable to the nameless, faceless people who run the system.

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Review - The Silvers

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‘B’ is the captain of the first human mission to the Silver planet, in search of water for an earth that is running dry. The Silvers themselves are a bit of a surprise, as the unmanned explorers that were sent to the planet didn’t record them. Although humanoid, the Silvers don’t seem to feel greed, anger, lust, or any other ‘human’ emotions. This allows B and his crew, as well as their commanders back on earth, to view the Silvers as less-than-human, and thus perform downright criminal experiments on them.

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Review - Hidden Faults

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‘Jodi’ is a doctor trying to find a “cure” for one of his society’s greatest problems: paranormal abilities. ‘Paras’ are considered a threat, and once discovered they are marked with tattoos as well as forced to take a drug that inhibits their abilities. The problem is, the drug makes them almost useless for anything else, so they have become outcasts from the world in more ways than one. The government of Jodi’s country has used the “paranormal threat” to justify all sorts of restrictions, which the largely conservative society goes along with.