• Book Review

    Summer Frost

    My Thoughts I slept on this novella and I am sorry for it because Summer Frost is the best story in the entire Forward Collection. I always really enjoy stories about artificial intelligence and robots, it is one of those topics in science fiction that veers into a dangerous uncanny valley once the question of humanity is brought into the equation. Many of the stories that explore this topic inevitably lead to similar conclusions, that AI can never fully be human, but Summer Frost digs a little deeper. A game developer, Riley, becomes obsessed with a seemingly miraculous break in an NPC’s script, and the NPC begins to act of…

  • Horror Book Review,  Science Fiction Book Review

    Skinner Box

    Warnings: Graphic Violence, Domestic Abuse, Sex, Rape, Sexual Assault My Thoughts Skinner Box is a clever little story that blends psychological horror and hard science fiction seamlessly. Evie is a neuropsychologist aboard a shuttle with her husband, an abusive and terrifying man, and a young male engineer who is infatuated with her. The three are trapped in tight quarters with each other as they carry out their work separately on board far from home. “If the reward is big enough, wanted or needed enough, a rat will endure pain past the point of recovery. Of sense. And that’s obvious why too. All life, after all, is just pushing levers and…