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The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

The novel “The Night Land” by William Hope Hodgson was published for the first time in 1912.

When his wife, Lady Mirdath the Beautiful, dies, her widower falls into a state of great prostration. He loved his wife very much and had a very special connection with her, as they literally shared some very special dreams.

In his state, the man starts having a vision of a very distant future in which the Sun is dead and the last human beings live underground. On that Earth whose surface is inhabited by monstrous creatures, the souls of the two spouses have reunited in new human incarnations. However, the two of them are separated and the man must face the darkness to reunite with his beloved.

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

The novel “The Fated Sky” by Mary Robinette Kowal was published for the first time in 2018. It’s the second novel in the Lady Astronaut series and follows “The Calculating Stars”.

Elma York serves on the route between the Earth and the Moon but during a return to Earth the spacecraft ends up off course. She realizes that things on the planet are complicated when a group of armed people kidnaps the crew. Those are Earth Firsters.

That experience has a positive outcome but Elma still finds herself in the midst of controversy when the first mission to Mars is set up. She’s now known as the Lady Astronaut and is very often used as the face of the space program in public relations.

Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick

The novel “Birthright: The Book of Man” by Mike Resnick was published for the first time in 1982.

Humanity has expanded into the solar system but to travel among the stars it’s necessary to get around the limit of the speed of light. That’s impossible, until someone finds a way to make the impossible possible. That technological leap allows humanity to expand throughout the Milky Way, establishing itself as the dominant species among the many existing sentient species.

Citadel by Marko Kloos

The novel “Citadel” by Marko Kloos was published for the first time in 2021. It’s the third book in The Palladium Wars series and follows “Ballistic”.

Aden Jansen, as he calls himself now, thinks he can get some rest along with the rest of the crew of the merchant spaceship Zephyr but their choices have very serious consequences. Dunstan Park has received a promotion but not in the way she would have liked and being given command of a very special spaceship is a big surprise.

Color Sergeant Idina Chaudhary faces problems that are becoming increasingly severe, and the arrival of a new deputy high commissioner makes her job even more difficult. Solveig Ragnar has discovered what drove her brother to abandon their family and must decide how to handle this knowledge, especially in her relationship with her father.

The Killing Machine by Jack Vance

The novel “The Killing Machine” by Jack Vance was published for the first in 1964. It’s the second book in the Demon Princes series and follows “The Star King”.

Kirth Gersen agrees to work as a spy for the police but only after completing his mission does he discover that one of the criminals he had to face was actually Kokor Hekkus. Nicknamed The Killing Machine, he’s one of the demon princes Gersen wants to kill and was operating under a false name.

A trace leads Kirth Gersen to investigate a series of kidnappings carried out by Kokor Hekkus to obtain large ransoms. Interchange is an unofficial organization that acts as an intermediary between kidnappers and anyone who wants to pay the ransom. Gersen discovers that among Interchange’s “guests” is Alusz Iphigenia Eperje-Tokay, a girl who claims to come from the mythical planet Thamber, where Hekkus is said to have a base.