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Sublimation Angels

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  13 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Jason Sanford's novella Sublimation Angels is a hard science fiction story set on the planet whose atmosphere has frozen, leaving humanity to continually mine the frozen air to survive. Into this comes Chicka, a young man struggling with the death of his identical twin and his twin's quest to understand their world--a quest which goes against the rigid nature of their surv ...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published April 2011
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Dione Basseri
The life (and death) of a set of twins on a far-off planet. A small group of humans and AIs were brought to the planet and have been struggling to survive for generations, having to defrost frozen air just to breath. Ruled over by powerful and capricious AIs, even the favorites of their rulers could find themselves disposed of with ease.

I wasn't terribly into this story, though. I've seen several other short sci-fi stories featuring such rigid societies run by AIs, and this just didn't pull ahea
Isabel (kittiwake)
Jan 04, 2013 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
I liked the unique setting of this novella, a planet which was pulled out of its orbit by the Aurals (its original inhabitants), and is now so far from its sun that the atmosphere is frozen solid. Humans were invited to the planet several hundred years ago by the Aurals, but have not managed to make contact with them and are reduced to living in a cave system and melting the frozen air to breathe. The sublimation angels of the title are the puffs of air that are released when the mirror ash surf ...more
Daily s-Press
Jun 28, 2010 Daily s-Press rated it it was amazing
"Sublimation Angels" by Jason Sanford is a thought-provoking science fiction story, set far away from this earth, on a frozen planet visited by an expedition team that followed the signs of aliens, in the hope of learning about the cosmos.

Here is one of my favourite scenes: the main character tries to gather the clues and questions about their current situation, which isn't exactly allowed in this place, and then shares his questions with a chosen one.

"You truly are my twin", he [the chosen one:
Janet Harriett
Jul 12, 2011 Janet Harriett rated it really liked it
This book is an intriguing introduction to a new fictional universe. Sublimation Angels is complete and satisfying in itself, yet hints at a world with many more stories to tell.

Some of the fantastical elements were left more unexplained than I generally prefer, but the story itself is engaging enough that I'm willing to wait for future books to find out what the Aurals are and how that particular group came to be on the planet.
Matteo Carpentieri
One of the best sci-fi novellas in recent years!
Definitely worth reading.
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Born and raised in the American South, Jason Sanford worked in various parts of the world as an archeologist and Peace Corps Volunteer before settling down in the Midwestern U.S. with his wife and sons. In the last few years he has published a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which devoted a special issue to his fiction in December 2010. In addition, his fiction has been publish ...more
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