Aug 13
2021

2021 Dragon Award nominees include Bear and Butcher!

The 2021 Dragon Award nominees include Elizabeth Bear and Jim Butcher!

Best Science Fiction Novel
Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Battle Ground, Jim Butcher (Ace)

May 10
2021

2021 Locus Award Finalists include Bear, Muir, and Wells!

The 2021 Locus Award Finalists include Elizabeth Bear, Tamsyn Muir, and Martha Wells!

Science Fiction Novel
Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)

Fantasy Novel
Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)

Collection
The Best of Elizabeth Bear, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)

Feb 4
2021

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Elizabeth Bear, Tamsyn Muir, and Martha Wells!

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)

NOVELS – FANTASY
Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)

COLLECTIONS
The Best of Elizabeth Bear, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)

Dec 7
2020

2020 Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice

The Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2020 list includes Machine by Elizabeth Bear, Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Network Effect by Martha Wells, and The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson!

Oct 2
2020

Locus on Machine

Machine: A White Space Novel by Elizabeth Bear

“One thing about Elizabeth Bear’s Machine, the second novel set in her White Space universe after 2019’s Ancestral Night: it’s sure as hell not either shallow or amoral. It is, in fact, fundamentally engaged in wrestling with questions of ethics, culture, worldview, and how much restitution needs to be made when one does harm in order to do other kinds of good.

Jens is a fascinating character. The narrator of Machine, she is—in all her flaws, determination, skill, friendships, and conviction—very easy to relate to, and to empathise with, in her human complexity, triumphs, and failures.

Though Machine is set in the same world as Ancestral Night—in the Synarche, with its vast diversity of people and species, its peculiar form of government, and its technological advances and social compromises—it has a similarly engaging voice, for all that Jens is a very different character to Ancestral Night’s Haimey, and a similarly engaging approach to pacing: Machine isn’t a short book, but it’s a very fast read for its length. Bear has a striking command of tension and character, and a deep interest in ethics and human behaviour.

It’s impossible, if you’re aware of James White’s Sector General stories and novels, not to see Machine as in conversation with that particular lineage. (I think I’ve read all of one Sector General story, but the influence is clear.) Space opera rarely concerns itself with the medical, and with the challenges of workaday life: it’s an untapped vein, and Bear draws from it with characteristic deftness and skill.

Machine is a fascinating, compelling, and ultimately satisfying space opera in a vast, complex, weird, and interesting universe. I really enjoyed it, and I hope this isn’t the last novel to concern itself with Core General, or with the Synarche at large.”” — Locus

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