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Amid the towering stacks of a mysterious Library we desperately ‘review’ books we haven’t read — with tenacity, ingenuity and love. We only judge a book by its cover!

April 2, 2020

66 · Volvo Loves Gash

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The descendants of the original Moonbase Alpha crew are tired of exploring the wondrous universe in their generational fleet.

They discover a forbidden psychic time-travel technology to inhabit the bodies of past NASA personnel to prevent the centuries of wandering through space.

All is not as it seems though as they end up taking over the minds of a TV crew playing the parts of Astronauts rather than actual NASA personnel!

— "Space: 1999: The Psychomorph" by Michael Butterworth

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March 26, 2020

65 · K-Y Jelly-fish

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Musical stage productions have evolved to the point where dance-fights are as deadly as real ones, and Michael Flatley XIV, down on his fortune, is lured into an anarchic production of the lost Shakespeare play "Lord Tedric" — but it was 'lost' for a reason and the aliens who buried it have no intention of letting this harmless farce reach the stage.

— "Lord Tedric: Black Knight of the Iron Sphere" by E. E. "Doc" Smith & Gordon Eklund

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March 19, 2020

64 · Reverse Zoology

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Unexpectedly rising out of the murky Boston harbour, the mysterious Cube becomes a fixture of the city and freelancing exterminator Zoe [Loggist] and her trusty muskbat 161 try to claim Squatters Rights before alien relations are established, and they're willing to go to any lengths to keep the Port Authority at bay.

— "In The Cube" by David Alexander Smith

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March 12, 2020

63 · Fourth Wall Hack

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A casual comment from the comfortably abducted daytime TV star Romula DeDeridex gets her alien hosts delving into the netherworld of Twitch streaming; they soon mistake a notorious videogame cheater for a brilliant military strategist and kidnap them to lead their intergalactic skirmish, under the passive-aggressive guidance of his skeezy talent-agent-slash-uncle.

— "The Vor Game" by Lois McMaster Bujold

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March 5, 2020

62 · Upon a Pale Limousine

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On their 12.5th anniversary, all is not well in the Royal Bedchambers: Queen Bacheloretta is on Second Love and King Pitty is on Grindr. Foolishly trusting their inept marriage counselor to juggle the need for galactic peace while the mismatched pair of Royals desperately try to "get some while the getting's good", the galaxy slides toward disaster and war until rockstar wedding planner Susan Black is summoned from retirement to shake things up.

— "Better to Ask Forgiveness" by Christopher Stasheff

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February 27, 2020

61 · Daniel Are Horny

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The Court Wizard has a side business selling 'used dragons', but his carefree hustling days are numbered once he accidentally fulfills a tragic Princess's prophecy and discovers Fate has not only a cruel sense of humour but also the tax department on speed-dial.

— "Her Majesty's Wizard" by Christopher Stasheff

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February 20, 2020

60 · Olives of the Nut World

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The extinct planet Earth is an intergalactic LARPer's paradise. All the cool continents are already claimed, but two robots discover their tiny allotment was once the Holy Seat of a global religion. Their role-playing, philosophical and cosplaying fun takes a turn for the real when they discover the only remaining multicellular life on the planet and must decide: was the Burning Bush literal or metaphoric?

— "Project Pope" by Clifford Simak

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February 13, 2020

59 · A Pound of Fuck-Clumps

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The little town of Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, struggling to rebound after the closure of its electric novelty crucifix factory is beset by a swarm of turtlenecked, espresso-swilling, horn-rimmed Satanists drawn in by its Authenticity.

A conflict of biblical proportions brews between the Dark Prince and their traditional nemesis: the interim chairperson of the Homeowners' Association.

— "The Devil Finds Work" by Michael Delving

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February 6, 2020

58 · The One-Eyed Venetian

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You’ve enjoyed the noir classics The Big Heat and The Big Sleep; now try…

The Big Eye!

"My partner Denton Wrinklesuit just ain’t cut out to be a private eye. Always trippin’ on sidewalks, takin’ his dates and their perky nipples down with him. Well, buddy, try doin’ a stakeout as a very public eye like me. It’s goin’ real great — I’m sure nobody’s noticed me up here, just like I didn’t notice that goddamn skyscraper that just socked me right in the cornea.

These people. Maybe if I had a jaunty bowtie, they’d find me less frightening. And the warning I boomed out was about an eye dilation, since I’d just been to the doc — not sure where they got annihilation. “Red peril”, they call me. Well, maybe I do need some drops... and I’m sure I need a drink."

— "The Big Eye" by Max Ehrlich

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January 30, 2020

57 · Through the Ear of a Cover Artist

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Daytime TV star Romula DeDeridex is mistaken for the galaxy's brightest adjudicator and kidnapped to mediate between two galactic empires — literally cats and dogs! — vying for custody of their recently-discovered ancestral homeworld. With the threat of war looming overhead, Romula must come to grips with the complexities and seductions of... Space Court!

— "Between Darkness and Light" by Lisanne Norman

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