An ideal summer read, a few hours of delightful escapism, and iwritten with a deft hand. … More Beauregard and the Beast, by Evie Drae
Their Greatest Game continues the story of Theren, the world’s first synthetic intelligence, that began in First of Their Kind. … More Their Greatest Game, by C.D. Tavenor: A Review
A story set in the near future but strong in elements from folk tale and mythology. … More The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr David S. Sparks, by William F. Aicher: A Review
D C Wright-Hammer on the genesis of Between Two MInds: Awakening Between Two Minds: Awakening was the culmination of a lot of personal experiences. Nearly five years ago, I was working as a data migration specialist, and I had some serious health issues. I subconsciously blended my job and my condition, and I thought, “What … More Between Two Minds: Awakening by D C Wright-Hammer
Imagine you are an empath, capable of feeling – physically and emotionally – what others feel. Imagine that when you touch someone, their thoughts and memories may pass to you in a flash of colour. Imagine not knowing if the things you know, the things that drive you, the things you desire, are yours – … More Bits and Pieces, by Dawn Hosmer: Empathy, Terror, Bravery.
Let’s talk about the mind. As humans, we assume the way we think is the only way people can think. We see this over and over again, even in intraspecies relationships. When someone perceives the world differently, we view them as “weird” or “abnormal” or “different.” In extreme cases, we take our pitchforks and chase … More C.D. Tavenor: The Mind, Synthetic Intelligence, and Morality.
I asked Silvia Hildebrandt to write an introductory piece to Dear Comrade Novak, her second novel, published in 2018. In it, she explains how she came to write the book, and its effect on her personal identity. We fled Romania for Germany in 1990, after the revolution and the civil war between Hungarians and Romanians. … More Book Review: Dear Comrade Novák, by Silvia Hildebrandt, with an introduction by the author.
J.C Salazar, the author of Of Dreams and Thorns, grew up as the child of immigrant parents in Houston, Texas. With a B.A. in English, a MS in Linguistics and another MA in Literature, plus some doctoral courses in English, Salazar values language and writing. Of Dreams and Thorns is his first novel. He is … More Of Dreams and Thorns, by J.C. Salazar: an interview and review
Cogito, ego sum, Rene Descartes wrote in 1644. Is it the ability to think that make us human? And if so, what is a synthetic intelligence that learns, reasons, extrapolates, infers, and doubts? That question is at the heart of C.D. Tavenor’s debut novel First of Their Kind. Centred on the birth of the first … More First of Their Kind, by C.D. Tavenor: A Review
Set against Iceland’s harsh but beautiful landscape in the late 19th and early 20th century, Bjørn Larssen’s debut novel Storytellers explores the multi-generational effect of the evasions, embellishments and outright lies told in a small village. The book begins slowly, almost lyrically, pulling the reader into what seems like situation borrowed from folktale: a reclusive blacksmith, Gunnar, … More Storytellers, by Bjørn Larssen: A Release-Day Review