Malka Older

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Inkluderar namnet: Malka Ann Older


Verk av Malka Older

Infomocracy (2016) 822 exemplar
Null States (2017) 212 exemplar
State Tectonics (2018) 164 exemplar
...and Other Disasters (2019) 18 exemplar
Machina (2020) 7 exemplar
The Black Box (2016) 4 exemplar
The Faceless Body (2019) 4 exemplar
The Rupture (2016) 3 exemplar
Trade Deal (2018) 3 exemplar
Embodied 3 exemplar
Refugees (2018) 2 exemplar
Assassination (2018) 2 exemplar
Candidate Y 1 exemplar
Narrative Disorder 1 exemplar

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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2015 Edition (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 60 exemplar
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 (2023) — Bidragsgivare — 50 exemplar
Twelve Tomorrows (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 42 exemplar
New Suns 2: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (2023) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 25 exemplar
Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene (Twelve Tomorrows) (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors (2016) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor23 exemplar
Apex Magazine 121 (January 2021) (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
The Tor.com Sampler (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
Uncanny Magazine Issue 32: January/February 2020 (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
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Bridge to Elsewhere (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar
Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Wired Magazine (January 2017) (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Queer Space Force (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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While investigating a mysterious disappearance, Inspector Mossa follows a trail to Valdegeld, her former university, and seeks out Pleiti, a former lover, now an academic at the university. Pleiti agrees to help Mossa in her investigations around Valdegeld, which could lead to immediate danger, but also long-term happiness for both.

This mystery takes place on a terraformed Jupiter, or rather, a series of human-made platforms connected by railcar rings hovering over the gas giant. It's explained that, because of the interference from the planetary emissions, wireless communication is not possible, so the story has the feel of a golden age mystery in many details of the setting: tea and scones in cozy academic quarters, rushing to catch the train on a stormy evening, etc. I enjoyed this aspect of the story, though I found the situation rather implausible -- wouldn't it have made more sense to colonize some of Jupiter's moons when Mars failed? The romance was done with a light hand and was satisfying without dominating the story. I felt the pacing was a little off, though I can't put my finger on why, and the mystery wasn't entirely satisfying to me. Those may have just been personal quirks, though. I'd recommend this to anyone intrigued by the summary, but I'm not sure if I will seek out the sequel.… (mer)
foggidawn | 16 andra recensioner | Jan 27, 2024 |
Going into this novella I was of two minds. On one hand, I'm not sure that a "cozy," Holmesian, true-crime story set on a future Jupiter was quite what I was looking for. On the other, Malka Older is looking more and more like an important writer in the field, who I should be reading, but I didn't find her first cycle of novels all that attractive on a thematic basis. Maybe I think about this sort of thing too much.

Be that as it may, I'm pleased to report that this is an entertaining story with quite a bit of depth. One, I think the level of world-building Older displays is outstanding, She got more done in a 160-odd pages than most people do in twice as many. Two, I thought the relationship Holmes and Watson, I mean Mossa and Pleiti is well done, as they have a history where they have every reason to be dubious of each other, but come together when circumstances demand. Three, the conspiracy that drives the plot is not the best I've ever seen, but it's not bad, and a story like this should have the pacing of a thriller, and Older keeps things ticking along. I look forward to the next story in the cycle.… (mer)
Shrike58 | 16 andra recensioner | Dec 13, 2023 |
Very consistent follow up to the first book -- a new and interesting mystery draws Mossa and Pleiti back together for more intensive time, and the University continues to be a backdrop for further investigations. I'm enjoying getting to know them a little bit better. I also like the linguistic additions -- slang that has survived, things that are new, call outs to current fiction in ways that imagine future incarnations. Continues to be a slow burn with awkward and endearing characters.

Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.
… (mer)
jennybeast | Oct 31, 2023 |
This is such an odd little book -- cozy, yes, but with the background of a gas giant behind the cups of tea and the fireplace. Has the appeal of quirky, awkward characters who are enmeshed in a quirky, awkward rekindling of a romance. Decent mystery at the heart of it. On the whole, I enjoyed it, but it is a slow burn. I do love the world-building, and the reframing of classical and modern.
jennybeast | 16 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |



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