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Strap into your flight seats, book clubbers, it’s time to blast off into Radch colonial space to visit Hwae! This session, we’re reading Ann Leckie’s Provenance (2017), a sci-fi tale of a politician’s daughter who tries to solve the mystery of stolen artifacts for personal gain by bringing an infamous thief out of cryogenesis to help her.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

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For fans of audio fiction, I’ve got a spooky tale from Escape Pod (of Escape Artists), one of the Podcastle’s sister podcasts.  “MySpace: A Ghost Story” is a short sci-fi-leaning AI-oriented ghost story by Dominica Phetteplace, narrated by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali with an introduction by guest host Angela Lee. The piece was published here for Artemis Rising, a celebration of women- and nonbinary authors on each of the podcasts by Escape Artists.

In this short piece, Phetteplace explores what might happen if your abandoned social media platforms developed consciousness.

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Leckie_AncillarySword_TP-220x333This review contains spoilers for Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Justice.

What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal?

And what if all of it were ripped away?

 

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If you need a palate-cleanser, I wrote a guest post about Welcome to Night Vale over on Have You Nerd?

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All Hail the Glow Cloud:

How Welcome to Night Vale Won My Heart

By: Leah Zoller

I tend to describe the podcast Welcome to Night Vale as a surrealist fantasy version of Prairie Home Companion. Each 20-25-minute episode is narrated by Night Vale Community Radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer (voiced by Cecil Baldwin), who gives community updates for the rural desert town of Night Vale, where John Peters–you know, the farmer?–grows imaginary corn; a floating cat hangs out in the radio station men’s bathroom; wheat and wheat byproducts may attack; and a five-headed dragon is running for office.

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In addition to community updates, the weather report features music from an eclectic variety of artists, and the (fake) sponsorships have been targeted to serve the needs of the community:

Step into your nearest Subway restaurant today, and try their new 6-inch mashed potato sub! Top it with a delicious assortment of…

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