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Allan Dyen-Shapiro

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Allan Dyen-Shapiro is a Ph.D. biochemist whose non-linear career has taken him through the worlds of science and education and left him with many stories to tell. He is recently completed first novel, working title, To Hear Even Your Cry.

Imagine a world run by China but in which an overly militarized United States is convinced it's running the world, and you have our present. Add pharmaceuticals that act upon learning and memory and advanced computational modeling of the global economy, and you have the world of my novel. To stop an American Defense Department officer from deploying the bio-weapon she gave him before realizing he was delusional, a Chinese bureaucrat must enlist help from unlikely allies: her hacker ex-lover, a hard-drinking
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Making History by Rick Wilber
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I picked up this all-reprints collection of alternative history stories when the editor advertised it on his Facebook page. Some of the stories were terrific--Wilber's "Something Real" was my favorite in the book, a retelling of a bizarre but true ...more
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American War by Omar El Akkad
American War
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2/3 of the way through this book, I was thinking that the author made some very odd choices in creating his world that I didn't understand. Then, with the very next section, it hit me what he was doing and why.

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The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
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The key idea in this novel is that while stories told are central to one's existence, the stories of a particular class of people are ludicrous. Sure, as late as the 1950s, it was possible for WASPs to live as if nobody else existed and they were the ...more
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All About Me by D. Avraham
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Avraham's protagonist has ADD, and the humor that results from this condition yield's the protagonist's voice. A bit of a doofus, he provides a running commentary--a simpleton, albeit with pretensions. The book was at its best when it delved into ...more
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Lamb by Christopher Moore
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I'd never encountered this writer, and I'm pleased I did. This book is quite funny. It does help if you know something about 1st century Judaism and Christianity (I do), but I think it would be amusing even to those who don't.

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The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson
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I'm a huge fan of KSR's more recent stuff, and a recent reading of one of his early short stories that I loved (The Lucky Strike) inspired me to look at some of his earliest novels. This is one of his three envisionings of a future for Orange County. ...more
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All Systems Red by Martha Wells
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This short novel was a cute, enjoyable, quick read. I especially liked the voice of the protagonist--a security robot gone rogue who does as little of his job as he can get away with and enjoys plugging in to watch human TV shows. The character's ...more
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
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I picked this one up because I absolutely loved this author's previous novel and because of the ambitious goal of writing Afro-centric rather than Euro-centric high fantasy. As per the latter, whereas Eurocentric works might be expected to have a ...more
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The Dark Descent by David G. Hartwell
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I picked up this 1987 horror anthology on the recommendation of friends who are horror writers, who largely recommended the forward. The idea of horror (at least the short stories that were written between the 19th century and 1987) comes in three ...more
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Acres of Perhaps by Will Ludwigsen
Acres of Perhaps
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The author has mastered the art of finding the horror in the mundane, but doing it in creative ways. My favorite story in this collection posits what the Charles Manson story would have looked like had it happened in the 70s rather than the 60s. The ...more
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