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Quandary Aminu vs the Butterfly Man (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 3 stars

When an illicit trade deal goes wrong and Quandary is blamed for it, she goes …

A grown genetic killer goes after its victim.

3 stars

Quandary Aminu was handling an illicit trade when it goes bad, and the boss blames her for it. The result is a genetically engineered killer, known as the Butterfly Man, being grown and send to kill her. As the story progresses, and she runs to avoid the killer, a conversation with somebody she knows well leads to a conclusion about whom was behind the deal going bad. Now she wants to go after him.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2023 (EBook, 2023, Spilogale, Inc..) 3 stars

A better than average issue.

3 stars

A better than average issue, with good stories by Fawaz Al-Matrouk, Matthew Hughes, Kiran Kaur Sain, Ferdison Cayetano and Fatima Taqvi.

  • "On The Mysterious Events at Rosetta" by Fawaz Al-Matrouk: via a series of letters, a story is told during the time of France's conquest of Egypt, of the discovery of a mysterious Egyptian tomb, and the curse that is unleashed when the tomb was opened.

  • "The Dire Delusion" by Matthew Hughes: an investigation into the theft of religious relics, taken from thieves who had stolen them from various temples in the city, leads to the discovery of a plot that might unsettle the city.

  • "Amrit" by Kiran Kaur Saini: a story of an elderly man who is reluctantly assigned a robot helper and housekeeper named Amrit. Amrit gradually changes the grumpy mood of the old man, but apparently goes too far when Amrit suggest he reconnects to his estranged …

Clarkesworld Issue 200 (EBook, 2023, Wyrm Publishing) 3 stars

A better than average issue, with a nice Bot 9 story from Suzanne Palmer

3 stars

A better than average issue, with a lovely Bot 9 story from Suzanne Palmer, an interesting one about social engineering by Naomi Kritzer and a good story by An Hao.

  • "Better Living Through Algorithms" by Naomi Kritzer: a new smartphone app appears, suggesting to people things to do to lead happier lives. But the motives of the people behind the app become suspect and, as with most apps, scammers begin to take it over, its popularity falls. But maybe by then, people have learned to lead happier lives anyway.

  • "Through the Roof of the World" by Harry Turtledove: creatures living in a place when there is a bottom and a roof to their world are startled to hear what appears to be a giant creature grinding its way down to them through the roof. Those familiar with speculations of life in other parts of our Solar System may recognize where …

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Four Lost Cities (2021, W. W. Norton & Company) 5 stars

Fascinating look at how cities form, live and die

5 stars

Modern archaeology has drastically increased what we can learn from ancient ruins, and Newitz turns this lens on the history of how cities form, how they thrive, and how they die. The writing is engaging and accessible, flowing through what we know, how we know it, how certain we are about it, and the author's first-hand experiences with archaeologists at the actual sites.

The book has added a lot to my understanding of Pompeii and Angkor. Çatalhöyük is fascinatingly weird. And I'd really like to know more about Cahokia. (So would the people studying it!)

Satellites and Microscopes

There's a recurring theme of re-examining what we thought we knew, using either new technology or new perspective. Angkor is perhaps the best example: LIDAR surveys in the last 10-15 years have revealed the remains of building foundations and an irrigation network outside the walled temple complexes. It wasn't a medium-sized …

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Under Alien Skies (2023, Norton & Company Limited, W. W.) 5 stars

Fun and informative, melding sci-fi with the science behind it.

5 stars

A fun look at what it would be like to visit other planets or star systems, weaving together sci-fi scenarios, the science behind them, and the history of how those discoveries were made.

It starts with worlds we know the most about -- our moon and Mars, where we have plenty of direct measurements and photos from the surface -- and works its way out through asteroids, gas giants and their moons, and finally Pluto.

The second half of the book delves into more speculative situations. Types of places we know exist, like star clusters and nebulas and different types of stars. Plait links these to specific locations where possible. We know a system of planets exists around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, for instance, and we have a rough idea of how big, how far, and how fast the planets are that we've spotted so far. From there he …

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The Road to Roswell (Hardcover, 2023, Del Rey) 5 stars

When Francie arrives in Roswell, New Mexico, for her college roommate’s UFO-themed wedding—complete with a …

The Road to Roswell, by Connie Willis

5 stars

The Road to Roswell, by science fiction legend Connie Willis, kept me up way past my bedtime on a work night. Readers, you have been warned...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.