I enjoyed ‘Persephone Station’ and I’d love to read more novels by Stina Leicht. Her approach is fresh and inclusive. She delivers an action-packed story about a heroic struggle against impossible odds and still manages to weave humour throughout the story.
Her military SF hardware is credible and impressive without ever devolving into ‘see-how-big-my-gun-is?’ fetishism. The aliens she imagines really are alien, literally having to alter themselves even to communicate with humans. Her AI technology (she calls them AGIs) is fascinating. She imagines a sentient AI in a human body as ‘a machine wearing a human-suit’ and then compares them to Mechs – war robots with human riders inside- which she sees as humans wearing a machine suit.
There are strong themes about diversity amongst sentient creatures. At the same time, the body count is high. the battle scenes are graphic and there are a couple of assignations, a bit…
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