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On a far, frozen desert world, Muir the pilot discovers an ancient artefact in the ice. She sees a mermaid at first, but later comes to wonder if it is Ningyo, a fish god from her homeland in Japan. A god that brings misfortune and storm. A god that—by all means possible—should be returned to the sea. The rest of Base Station Un see something else. Bayoumi the lab rat sees ...more
Hardcover, 99 pages
Published 2016 by PS Publishing
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Stephanie
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Waking in Winter is a science fiction novella by award-winning Australian author, Deborah Biancotti. The story follows Muir, part of a group of explorers on a strange frozen world, which remains unnamed in the story. Muir is a pilot; while flying off course, she discovers a strange artefact buried deep within the ice. She sees a mermaid, but when others from the expedition come and see the artefact, they see d
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Kyla Ward
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
When a research team at a remote base discovers something in the ice, it never ends well. But this time, the problem doesn't lie in the science. It lies in faith.

Muir said, "Everybody sees something different."
Vipond stopped cursing. "What?"
"In the ice," Muir continued. "Something to do with what we believe in, I think. Or what we were taught, or something. Maybe," she hesitated, "one of our first beliefs."

Themes of guilt and survival are not new to Biancotti. But in this novella, she develops t
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Tsana Dolichva
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waking in Winter by Deborah Biancotti is a science fiction horror novella, which I would not have guessed from the cover. I actually procrastinated on reading this novella for quite a while because the cover gave me the impression of a very different type of book. I have previously read the short story collection Bad Power by the same author, which is quite different to Waking in Winter (and about superheroes).

The setting of this novella is an icy alien planet currently being explored and studie
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Renate
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this little bit of scifi. There is only one bit I didn't like; I know it's a novella but it's a teeny tiny bit too short. I like stories where I am thrown into the middle of events, but this one could have used a little bit more of an intro so I would have known a bit more and cared a bit more about the characters. Don't even mind the ending, it fits!

But this was a nice read, I actually regret there is not more to read and could have read this as a novel! It contains some epic creepiness
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Terry
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this intense SciFi novel set on an icy planet. I found it to be a fast-paced intriguing read. The characters were flawed anti-heroes. Nice twists and unexpected turns.
Yvonne
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice bit of sf
Lilla Smee
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly crafted. Space opera? Check. Space opera with moral and philosophical depth? Check. Space opera with moral and philosophical depth, and a potent female lead? Check.
Rivqa
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This sci-fi horror novella is a gripping, compelling read. The protagonist was so well-drawn, especially given how short the work is. Recommended.
Tehani
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, sf
Damn. So good but damn, that ending...
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Deborah Biancotti is co-author of the ZEROES series with Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan. Her collections BAD POWER and A BOOK OF ENDINGS are available from Twelfth Planet Press and her novella WAKING IN WINTER will be available from PS Publishing in March 2016.

She's been nominated for the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Aurealis & Ditma
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