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SFF180 — New YouTube Series

I am proud to present SFF180, the companion YouTube channel of In March 2015 it passed its first 1000 subscribers. The majority of new-release titles I review will now receive both written and video reviews. Classic and retro titles will mostly continue to recieve only written reviews.

MAILBAG MONDAY: Showcasing all new review copies received for each week.



  • New The Traitor Baru Cormorant / Seth Dickinson Five stars (added 8/13/15)
    Shattering debut novel in which a vengeful young woman plans to rise to a position of trust and authority in the empire that conquered her homeland, all part of a plan to bring it down from within. But how far is she willing to go to see it through, and at what cost?
  • New The Book of Phoenix / Nnedi Okorafor four stars (added 7/27/15)
    A genetically engineered superwoman breaks free from the lab that created her and launches a violent rebellion against her former masters in this passionate and angry prequel to Okorafor's WFA-winning Who Fears Death.
  • Seveneves / Neal Stephenson four stars (added 6/9/15)
    The sudden and unexplained destruction of the moon leaves the remnants of humanity in scattered orbital habitats, with the future of the species in the hands of seven women. It's only two-thirds of a great novel, but those two-thirds are great indeed.
  • The Vorrh / B. Catling four and a half stars (added 5/11/15)
    A sinister, uncharted forest deep within colonial Africa draws adventurers into its haunted depths in this immersive, dreamlike epic that entangles history and New Weird fiction. A must for the Miéville set.
  • The Three-Body Problem / Liu Cixin Three and a half stars (added 4/19/15)
    A virtual-reality game and a mysterious message from deep space herald an alien invasion in this Hugo-and-Nebula nominated hard SF mind-bender from Chinese bestseller Liu Cixin, gracefully translated by award-winning author Ken Liu.
  • The Buried Giant / Kazuo Ishiguro Three and a half stars (added 4/01/15)
    The haunting, eerily beautiful yet often emotionally troubling odyssey of an elderly Briton couple living in post-Arthurian medieval England, who set out on a journey to reunite with their son, across a bleak landscape shrouded by a fog that causes everyone to lose their memory.
  • Lagoon / Nnedi Okorafor Four stars (added 3/16/15)
    Aliens land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, in this energetic and wildly entertaining mashup of SF and the New Weird by World Fantasy Award winner Okorafor.
  • Trigger Warning / Neil Gaiman Four stars (added 2/3/15)
    Unquiet ghosts and fading memories, secrets and lies, the monsters that lurk deep within ourselves, and the blurred lines between imagination and real life — these are the stories and poems that make up Neil Gaiman's newest collection.

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