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Black Magick, Vol. 2: Awakening IIBlack Magick, Vol. 2: Awakening II by Greg Rucka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulous artwork, great story, excellent continuation of the first volume.

The sketching continues to be very, very good and the colour highlights were well placed.

The look at Rowan‘s youth was a very nice addition that added depth to the story.

It got really tense there at the height of the plot. I will definitely pick up Volume 3 when it becomes available.

Collects issues 6-11.

Questionable morals and bad engineering

The Cold EquationsThe Cold Equations by Tom Godwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A pilot finds a stowaway on his shuttle, with deadly consequences…

Tragic story. I even cried a little. But I also confess to some skimming, because the writing did not really grab me and I wasn’t all that invested in the conversation that happened.

Also the initial premise is pretty flawed. The morality of the whole set-up is questionable. It begs the question, why and if one life is more valuable than another. And what the parameters might be. And why they couldn’t simply add a decent door lock to their little ship and maybe design it better.

Anyway, this story is mostly a mind game, I guess, and not an attempt at hard sci-fi.

The brief scene about working out an equation by computer was quaint. How little they knew in 1954!

Can be read for free here: http://www.spacewesterns.com/articles…

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