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And By A Sleep

Insomniacs After School, volume 3

By Makoto Ojiro  

31 May, 2023



2020’s Insomniacs After School, Volume Three is the third tankōbon of Makoto Ojiro’s manga series. Serialized in Shogakukan’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits, Insomniacs After School has been ongoing since May 2019. The English translation of Volume Three is slated to appear sometime in 2023

Sleepless students Ganta Nakami and Isaki Magari have protected their access to their school’s observatory by restarting the school astronomy club. The pair has acquired some of the necessary skills. Now they must organize an event.

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And The Silver Moon

The Long Result

By John Brunner  

30 May, 2023

Shockwave Reader


John Brunner’s 1965 The Long Result is a stand-alone science fiction novel.

Roald Vincent is a functionary in the Bureau for Cultural Relations, a functionary who is bright but deficient in driving bureaucratic ambition. He has set his heart on Patricia Ryder and plans to marry her1 as soon as he deals with a daunting career challenge.

The matter of the aliens from Tau Ceti.

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Last Year’s Man

Modern Science Fiction: Its Meaning and Its Future

 Edited by Reginald Bretnor 

28 May, 2023

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Reginald Bretnor’s 1953 Modern Science Fiction: Its Meaning and Its Future is a collection of essays by a variety of authors on the subject of science fiction, its meaning, and its future. Bretnor published three such collections. I have previously reviewed the other two:

Science Fiction, Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium is reviewed here.

The Craft of Science Fiction: A Symposium on Writing Science Fiction and Science Fantasy is reviewed here.

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Whenever You’re In Trouble

The Faithless  (Magic of the Lost, volume 2)

By C. L. Clark  

26 May, 2023

Doing the WFC's Homework


C. L. Clark’s 2023 The Faithless is the second volume in the on-going Magic of the Lost secondary-world fantasy trilogy1.

In the first volume: the city of Qazāl and the regions around Qazāl have been liberated from the imperialist Balladairans. Also, Princess Luca hopes to succeed to the throne of Balladaire, replacing her unpleasant uncle.

Surely every significant problem has been solved, leaving characters to focus on ill-advised love affairs. Then stuff happens.

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Fighting Dragons With You

Delicious in Dungeon, volume 11

By Ryōko Kui  

24 May, 2023


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2021’s Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 11 is the eleventh tankōbon in Ryoko Kui’s secondary-world comedy fantasy manga series. Originally published as Danjon Meshi, Delicious in Dungeon appears in Enterbrain’s Harta. Volume 11 was translated into English in 2022.

Laios and his dungeon delving companions (half-elf mage Marcille, halfling security expert Chilchuck, dwarf fighter Senshi, and cat-beastkin ninja Izutsumi) appear to have the edge over the Lunatic Magician. True, the magician is very powerful, but he is one person while the party is many.

If only the Lunatic Magician were not accompanied by an army of ferocious dragons.

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Castles Made of Sand

The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twelfth Annual Collection  (The Year’s Best Science Fiction, volume 12)

 Edited by Gardner Dozois 

23 May, 2023

The End of History


Gardner Dozois’ 1995 The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twelfth Annual Collection is, as one might expect, the twelfth annual anthology of notable science fiction edited by Gardner Dozois. The contents of the anthology were first published in 1994. In addition to the essays listed in the table of contents, each story is accompanied by a short biographical note about the author.

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So Sick of Myself

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast  (Folktales, volume 1)

By Robin McKinley  

21 May, 2023

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Robin McKinley’s 1978 Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast is the first volume in her Folktales series. McKinley’s debut novel was a retelling of a classic fairy tale. See if you can guess which one.

As a little girl, Honour Huston, the youngest of three sisters, rejected her given name in favour of what she sees as a far better name, Beauty.” To her disappointment, when she looks in a mirror, Beauty sees a plain girl, not the remarkable beauty that her sisters Grace and Hope are. At least she is smart, hardworking, and born into a well-to-do family.

Wealth can be ephemeral.

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That Golden Valley

Vanishing Point

By Michaela Roessner  

18 May, 2023

The End of History


Michaela Roessner’s 1993 Vanishing Point is a near-future science fiction novel1.

Thirty years ago, 90% of the human race vanished. Alarm and chaos ensued, followed by a gradual return to stability. While the old world will never return, civilization, particularly that part of it in and around San Jose’s Winchester House, has prevailed.

Two unrelated crises are bearing down on San Jose.

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