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Review: Sleepless by Richard Parry

Review: Sleepless by Richard Parry

Richard Parry’s debut short story Sleepless is subtitled, “Staying awake is staying alive.” For the crew of the Texas, sleep isn’t a means to sanity, as it is for the rest of humanity; it’s a means by which the crew succumbs to the madness caused by a rumbling mechanical defect few can hear. Sleepless opens with Jennifer Prescott, commander of the starship Texas, in a bit of a pickle. Members of the crew are dying left and right, willingly (and…

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Review: Independence by Alasdair Shaw

Review: Independence by Alasdair Shaw

Alasdair Shaw’s Two Democracies: Revolution Series hinges upon a brilliant series of premises. Can an artificial intelligence become autonomous? Should such a being be destroyed or allowed to develop on its own? Can an AI lifeform choose its own path to “good” or “evil”? The answers to those questions are, largely, not answered within Independence.¬†Instead, it acts as an introduction to the story world. It’s told from two perspectives: Commander Olivia Johnson, the commander of the Repulse, a Congressional Navy…

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