Locus Magazine (February 2014)

The February 2014 factor of the easiest serious journal within the SFF scene.
This is the one who comprises the Locus Recommende examining lists and the in retrospect eventually 12 months essays via the most reviewers.
This one additionally has a protracted interview with Terry Pratchett.

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City of Pearl

3 separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh's celebrity. however the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten thetenuous stability of a coveted world.
Environmental risk Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to guide a venture to Cavanagh's megastar, understanding that one hundred fifty years could elapse ahead of she may perhaps eventually go back domestic. yet her touchdown, with a small team of scientists and Marines, has no longer long gone ignored via Aras, the planet's specified father or mother. An forever evolving global himself, this unhappy, robust being has already obliterated thousands of alien interlopers and their nice towns to guard the delicate local inhabitants. Now Shan and her celebration -- plus the small colony of fundamentalist people who preceded them -- may face the same annihilation . . . or a destiny a long way worse. simply because Aras possesses a mystery of the blood that will be disastrous if it fell into human arms -- if the gethes live on the approaching conflict their coming has inadvertently hastened.

The Stochastic Man

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Lew Nichols can are expecting the longer term. now not see the longer term, simply make predictions according to examine and statistics. Nichols is rattling stable at it, although, and his accuracy makes him a invaluable addition to Paul Quinn's political crusade for brand new York urban Mayor and doubtless the White residence. yet, while Nichols meets eccentric millionaire Martin Carvajal, predictions all at once look petty and flippant. you notice, Carvajal can truly see the future--not developments, now not options--a sign line of occasions stretching out forward. It's a present Nichols can research from this "mentor," yet at what rate? Will figuring out the long run make the current meaningless?

Refugees (The Remaining, Book 3)

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It has been 3 months considering that Captain Lee Harden came across the survivors at Camp Ryder. With iciness looming, Lee is at the verge of building Camp Ryder as a hub of defense and balance within the sector. yet now not every body concurs with Lee's project. .. or his equipment. transforming into tensions among camp management are coming to a head, and as Lee struggles amid the dissention and controversy, new revelations concerning the contaminated threaten to break every little thing he has labored for.

Deathstalker Legacy (Deathstalker, Book 6)

A century has handed considering Owen Deathstalker sacrificed himself for humanity, and a Golden Age of peace started among the various species of the galaxy.
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Besides the Massood, only the Chirinaldo made decent soldiers, and those dizzy heliox-breathers were poor companions on a blasted battlefield. He adjusted his dress vest and shorts, smoothing out the short gray fur that peered from beneath the hems. The irises of his eyes were a lighter gray, the vertical pupils almost black. At the same time he tried to relax. That was something of a contradiction in terms. A Massood could not really relax. Immaterial on the battlefield, it often kept them from promotion to command positions, where the presence of a calmer S’van was more reassuring.

Even the traditional show of force had failed to convince, serving only to warn them of what was to come and allowing them time to prepare. The Amplitur knew that might be the result, but they tried it anyway. The peoples of the Purpose did not attack without first trying persuasion. They were integrators, not conquerors. Next had come the traditional attempt at subverting the government, through innuendo and bribery carried out by allies who physically resembled the Sspari. The morality of such methods was often questioned, but the Amplitur would do anything to avoid war, that obscene offense against reason.

If necessary, a pill could be taken. Golden eyes studied the vast arc of the transparent wall, pondering the expanse of space outside the ship. Much beauty was to be found in the cascade of stars and worlds, in the iridescent wash of nebulae so like the changing gold and silver patterns that highlighted Amplitur skin. Underspace shifting diffused the shapes beyond, reducing great suns to ethereal blurs of color which only added to their loveliness. Only in the full light of the Purpose could such magnificence be truly appreciated.

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