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The ORBITAL CLOUD giveaway contest winners!

Thanks to all who entered. We asked you what your favorite hard SF story was, and you…had some. Here are our four winners of Orbital Cloud by Taiyo Fujii!

 

First is Mike D. for his deep cut answer Hayford Peirce’s novelette “High Yield Bond” (1975). Just the reference deserves a book!

Jmitsu wrote a sonnet about Biogenesis by Tatsuaki Ishiguro. A good one!

We’ve often said that if you liked The Martian, you’ll love the positive science fiction of Taiyo Fujii, and now Pilar will prove it for us.

Finally, Jeremiah Tolbert wins for his mention of black holes, the most mind-bending and space-bending bit of hard SF furniture (and our astounding universe.)

 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

A whole bunch of reviews!

Let’s see, over at the popular science fiction blog Bibliophile Stalker, it must be Haikasoru Week, because there are three reviews up since Sunday.

On Loups-Garous: Kyogoku makes the reader question the dystopic elements of the setting; the characters feel mortal and just when you’ve left your guard down, a twist in the plot keeps you unsettled.

On Slum Online: …excels in conveying the virtue of humble accomplishment, of proving to yourself that you’re the best, even if the public isn’t necessarily aware of it.

On The Next Continent: It harkens to conventions of a certain genre of science fiction [hard SF] and yet is nonetheless infused with Japanese optimism and culture. (I think this is the first review of The Next Continent I’ve seen, so I’m especially happy.)

Meanwhile, over at Otaku USA, we have reviews of different titles.

On The Stories of Ibis: I firmly believe in the importance of fiction and mythopoeia in helping people understand themselves, others, and the world around them, and in providing a safer environment to come to grips with complex, troubling issues…

On Usurper of the Sun: This frequently fascinating debate on alternative forms of consciousness permeates the novel, twining with the time limit until the Builders arrive in the solar system to provide the main narrative thrust.

Well, what are you waiting for? Consume!

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