Dancing with Bears by Michael Swanwick

The novel “Dancing with Bears” by Michael Swanwick was published for the first time in 2011. It’s part of the Darger and Surplus series.

Aubrey Darger and his partner Sir Blackthorpe Ravenscairn de Plus Precieux nicknamed Surplus managed to devise a trick to get a position on a diplomatic expedition and join a caravan of the Byzantium ambassador to Russia. The caravan transports the Pearls of Byzantium, seven women who were genetically modified to become the perfect brides for the mysterious Duke of Muscovy.

It’s a long journey that is full of dangers but eventually Darger and Surplus arrive to Moscow alive. There they try to be received by the Duke in order to implement their scam against him but it seems that nobody is allowed to see him. Instead, they find themselves entangled in a series of intrigues that also include the demons created with ancient technologies.

The Tides of God by Ted Reynolds (Italian edition)

The novel “The Tides of God” by Ted Reynolds was published for the first time in 1989.

An expedition left from Earth on a starship obtained thanks to an agreement with the Kroceri, an alien species working with human beings. It was the Kroceri who warned the humans of the danger represented by an entity that is approaching the solar system and could have a negative influence on human minds, as it already happened in the past when it already got close, when some Earth’s peoples called it God.

The agreement with the Kroceri was precise: they provided a starship capable of interstellar traveling but humans must kill the entity. The crew members are ready to accomplish its mission to prevent a new dark age from striking the Earth because of the irrationality caused by the enemy in humans but when the starship starts getting close to it, its influence creeps into the minds of humans aboard.

The short story “The Memcordist” by Lavie Tidhar was published for the first time in 2012.

Pym is a memcordist and that means that all his experiences are recorded and broadcast to his followers. The Narrative of Pym is followed by millions of followers with his trips to various places of the solar system, up to Pluto’s moons, first with his mother and then when he’s traveling on his own and in particular during his relationship with Joy.

Engine City by Ken MacLeod

The novel “Engine City” by Ken MacLeod was published for the first time in 2003. It’s the third book in the Engines of Light Trilogy and follows “Dark Light”.

Ancient cosmonauts gave humans the chance to fly again among the stars without having to resort to the services of the saurs and the krakens and even managed to communicate on their own with one of the gods. They also received a warning about enemies who want to overthrow a balance that has existed for a very long time.

Various species of hominids were transported to the Second Sphere and built new cities on various planets. Nova Babylonia is the largest of these cities and becomes the center of a new series of changes that follow interventions from humans and from a new alien species that seems to have a lot to offer.

The Twilight Streets by Gary Russell

The novel “The Twilight Streets” by Gary Russell was published for the first time in 2008.

People prefer to avoid the Tretarri district in Cardiff even if nobody understands exactly why. The houses are now old and shabby because nobody wants to live there even if there’s no crime, simply they all try to move as soon as possible and eventually the area fell into decline.

A new project aims to renovate the district and a company is running the task. It’s not just about building modern houses and ensuring adequate services to the population, there are also performances and parties in the streets to mark the new course. When Bilis Manger’s presence is discovered, Captain Jack Harkness and his team start investigating, a job made more complex by the fact that if Jack tries to get close to the area he feels too sick to enter.