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Detective noir fantasy and SF

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I've read (or seen) all of these except for The Plutonium Blonde. They vary how "noir" they are, but they're all from a detective's (private or police) point of view. I liked all but Emissaries from the Dead (a huge, easily solvable technical issue), Leviathan Wakes (technology conveniently lacks improvement for several hundred years in the future), The Manual of Detection (not particularly fond of slipstream fiction), and Storm Front (main character was too full of himself, but I have gone on to read the next two in the series as of this writing, so it wasn't that bad).

Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.
If you have suggestions for additions to this detective noir fantasy and SF list, please leave a comment in this page's discussion.

Science Fiction


I really enjoyed the first person voice of The Automatic Detective (2008) by A. Lee Martinez (and the narrator really helped). It's not often that you get a good first person detective SF novel with a wry delivery. It was also a great story of an AI character discovering themself. I have read it two times. I'll read it again. (e)


It's difficult to express how much I admired The City & The City (2009) by China Miéville for creating an interesting and, to me, new perspective in describing setting where the characters deliberately and consciously "un-see" part of their environment. The setup is where there are two cities co-existing in the same topological space where some parts of the two cities are explicitly distinct with other parts "cross-hatched" or existing in both cities. Interestingly, it doesn't seem to ever be conclusively shown that the non-overlapping sections truly co-exist in the same topological space. (e)

Right from the beginning, I had an issue with Emissaries from the Dead. Much of the danger and tension of this story stems from the fear of falling in a large space habitat from near the inner axis of the cylinder towards the outer hull kilometers away. The increasing density of the atmosphere and changes in chemistry will kill you long before you hit the outer cylinder, so yes, this is an issue. Unfortunately, a simple bit of engineering (such as small, auto-deploying balloon attached to a harness) would alleviate the majority of the risk associated with falling and thus drain away much of the tension and fear generated by the setting. While I'm not finished with the novel yet (so I don't know if this is ever actually addressed yet), I keep thinking of this every time fear of falling is brought up. And it's brought up a lot. -- Finished. And no, this minor technological solution to falling is never brought up or addressed in any realistic manner. (e)

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The audio version of The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007) by Michael Chabon that I listened to was excellent. I particularly liked the pronunciation of the Yiddish words that I would have missed out on if I had just been reading it. (e)




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