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Book Reviews: Unspoken Truth + Wastelands

Star Trek: Unspoken Truth by Margaret Wander Bonanno

An excellent Trek novel from the author who gave us ’Dwellers in the Crucible’, ’Strangers From the Sky’, ’Catalyst of Sorrows’ and ’Burning Dreams’.

Saavik is a Starfleet officer but she is also the product of a vile Romulan breeding programme. As a child she was left to die on a terrible world known as Hellguard. She survived and was rescued by the man who became her mentor, Spock.

Saavik has prospered but turmoil rages within this Vulcan/Romulan hybrid and when her past catches up with her, Saavik will do what she does best. Survive. This is a an excellent character piece and a wonderful novel.

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Edited by John Joseph Adams

This is a collection of tales that ponder life in the aftermath of total societal collapse and it is excellent.

The End of the Whole Mess
In trying to save the world, two bothers destroy human intellect. This is excellent.

The People of Sand and Slag
In the far future humanity has become something monstrous and a reminder of the past shows just how ugly this future is. This is heart rending and excellent.

Bread and Bombs
Warfare and distrust and the fallout from both. This is okay.

How we got in town and out again
A bleak view of what constitutes fun in a post-apoc world.

Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels
Two different branches of humanity survived a nuclear war. When they encounter each other it ends badly. Excellent.

Waiting for The Zephyr
A woman wants to escape to a better life but faces opposition, this is okay.

Never Despair
A woman hunts for a legendary repository of knowledge that could rebuild a shattered world. This is okay.

When Sysadmins Rule the Earth
Civilization ends and when the computer systems administrators notice they try to rebuild via the internet. This is good.

Still Life With Apocalypse
A short bitter tale.

Artie’s Angels
The King Arthur myth is retold in a post-apoc world. This is okay.

Judgment Passed
A spaceship returns to Earth to find that the Day of Judgment took place when they were away. This is okay.

Victims of a plague live as pariahs, but maybe they can change the fate of a doomed world. This is good.

And the Deep Blue Sea
Satan haunts a woman travelling through a radioactive zone. This is good.

The End of the World as We Know It
A man experiences the end of the world and it’s not like the books and movies at all. This is very good.

A Song before Sunset
The world has ended, what use is music? This is okay.

Episode Seven: Last Stand against The Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers
Two friends may be the only survivors of a cataclysm that has ended civilization. But where d the plagues and monsters come from and what is one of them becoming? This is good.
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