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May 2018 in Review

31 May, 2018



22 books read. 12.5 by women (57%), 9.5 by men (43%).

Works by POC: 5 (23%)

Year to Date

108 books read. 58.5 by women (54%), 43.5 by men (40%), 2 by NB (2%). 4 by persons whose gender is unknown (4%).

Works by POC: 41.5 (38%)

And now, the meaningless table.

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Books Received, May 19 — 25

26 May, 2018


Journey with twenty-one speculative fiction authors through the fractured borders of human migration to examine assumptions and catch a glimpse of the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose – or are forced – to leave home and familiar places. Who straddle borders within our worlds – and within us.

Migration. A transformation of time, place, and being …

We are called drifters, nomads. We are expatriates, evacuees, and pilgrims. We are colonists, aliens, explorers; strangers, visitors – intruders, conquerors – exiles, asylum seekers, and … outsiders.

An American father shields his son from Irish discrimination. A Chinese foreign student wrestles to safeguard her family at the expense of her soul. A college graduate is displaced by technology. A Nigerian high school student chooses between revenge and redemption. A bureaucrat parses the mystery of Taiwanese time travellers. A defeated alien struggles to assimilate into human culture. A Czechoslovakian actress confronts the German WWII invasion. A child crosses an invisible border wall. And many more.

Stories that transcend borders, generations, and cultures. Each is a glimpse into our human need in face of change: to hold fast to home, to tradition, to family; and yet to reach out, to strive for a better life.

Featuring Original Stories by Vanessa Cardui, Elsie Chapman, Kate Heartfield, S.L. Huang, Tyler Keevil, Matthew Kressel, Rich Larson, Tonya Liburd, Karin Lowachee, Seanan McGuire, Brent Nichols, Julie NovÁkovÁ, Heather Osborne, Sarah Raughley, Alex Shvartsman, Amanda Sun, Jeremy Szal, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Christie Yant & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

With An Introduction by Eric Choi & Gillian Clinton

Edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law

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Books Received, May 12 — 18

19 May, 2018


Man brought life to the Moon…

And Man has the power to render the Moon barren again. As warring factions struggle for domination through control of essential resources — water, minerals, oxygen — the young Lunar republic becomes a political pawn. Just as Earth exerts its pull on the tidal waters of the Moon, it also commands the tide of events. And only two people can prevent the total destruction of the Moon’s atmosphere — Galvanix, a man of science… and Taggart, a woman of war.

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Books Received, May 5 — 11

12 May, 2018


Tanyana is among the highest ranking in her far-future society – a skilled pionner, able to use a mixture of ritual and innate talent to manipulate the particles that hold all matter together. But an accident brings her life crashing down around her ears. She is cast down amongst the lowest of the low, little more than a garbage collector. But who did this to her, and for what sinister purpose? Her quest to find out will take her to parts of the city she never knew existed, and open the door to a world she could never have imagined.

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Books Received, April 28 — May 4

5 May, 2018


The Solar System turned out to be a lot less friendly than we expected. Dreams of Martian canals and Venusian jungles died in the harsh light shone by Mariners and Veneras and Voyagers. But what we did get was an array of worlds of awesome majesty, one that’s enough to scare off 99% percent of would-be explorers — but not you. Using the Cepheus Engine core rules or other similar game systems, the Into the Dark setting book lets you play OSR SF adventures in the near-future of the Solar System as we understand it now. Europa. Titan. Pluto, points beyond? They all will kill you if you make one mistake, and they won’t even register that you’re there when they do it. You’re going to go anyway.

Look for more World Building Consortium products soon! Pre-made settings with a difference” for OSR games of all types.

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