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Trust No One: A Review of Runtime by S. B. Divya

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Runtime (2016) Written by: S.B. Divya Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 120 (Kindle edition) Publisher: Tor.com Why I Chose It: Literally, we’re reviewing the Nebulas and no one had claimed it yet. That’s it, that’s the reason. The premise: The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and…

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Congratulations to Spec Chic Contributor Stephanie M. Wytovich!

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Everyone here at Speculative Chic would love to congratulate fellow contributor Stephanie M. Wytovich on her first Stoker Award for her poetry collection, Brothel! The Bram Stoker Award is awarded annually at StokerCon, hosted by the Horror Writers Association. In 2017, the winners were announced at a ceremony held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Wytovich was nominated in…

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We’re All Monsters: Ruthanna Emrys’ Winter Tide

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Savvy readers will recall that one of my favorite things from last year was Ruthanna Emrys’ “The Litany of Earth” (which you can read for free at the link). I found out about Emrys’ fiction when a favorite writer of mine was singing the praises of her then forthcoming novel, Winter Tide. Shortly after that glowing review, I found and…

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My Favorite Things: Superior Spin-offs, Alternative History, and Word Games

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about a surprisingly excellent spin-off to a beloved TV show, a platformer perfect for fans of puzzles, and…

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The Nebula-Quest of Lisa P: A Review of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (2016) Written by: Kij Johnson Pages: 169 (Paperback) Publisher: Tor.com Why I Chose It: There’s a couple reasons. First, I’ve always wanted to read something by Kij Johnson. Second, the title along with the great illustrated cover intrigued me. The premise: Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her…

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All the Birds in the Sky Charms: A Review

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All the Birds in the Sky (2016) Written by: Charlie Jane Anders Genre: Speculative Pages: 313 (Hardback) Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Why I Chose It: Since the book is shelved in the fiction section, I know that I must have walked past it multiple times in my weekly Barnes & Noble wanderings. I don’t remember ever picking it up, because the…

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A Different Kind of Prison Break: A Review of Elle Cosimano’s Holding Smoke

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Holding Smoke (2016) Written by: Elle Cosimano Genre: Paranormal Thriller Pages: 322 (Hardcover) Publisher: Hyperion Why I Chose It: As much as I try to keep up on new Horror, a lot slides by me, including this Stoker-nominated YA novel. It caught my eye for its premise — a paranormal thriller set inside a prison facility. Now THAT’s a unique setting and…

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My Favorite Things: Emergency Fun, Serialized Fiction, Geeky Ts, and Zombies on a Train

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we have a successful reboot of a beloved cult classic, a fiction serial that’s perfect for urban fantasy fans, a scary/action…

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