It’s not the end of Phase One, but you can see it from here. That’s right, our team has finally emerged on the other end of the slushpile. Having read approximately 20% of every single book, and cast a YES or NO vote on continuing, we finally have our quarterfinalists ready to be announced.

A reminder: In order to qualify as a quarterfinalist, a book needed to receive more YES than NO votes. As a team of four, that meant it needed to impress three of us. In addition to those that made it through to the second half of Phase One, 7 books received at least one YES vote, and 2 received two YES votes. If our voting has been made public, you can find them at our respective blogs, but please don’t contact us directly to see how your favourite book has done. We’re busy people.

In case you need it, here’s a reminder of the books in our slushpile:

Earth Warden, by Tyler Aston

Pulse, by B. A. Bellec

Arkhangelsk, by Elizabeth H. Bonesteel

Sugar Plum Tea, by Sinnamon Carnelian

Webley and the World Machine, by Zachary Chopchinski

Empire Reborn, by A K DuBoff

The Empyrean, by Katherine Franklin

Trials on the Hard Way Home, by Lilith Frost

Inquisitor, by Mitchell Hogan

Data Mine, by Lou Iovino

The Cult Shadow, by Peter Lamb

Between Mountain and Sea, by Louisa Locke

Political Nightmare, by Rainbow Macabre

The Elitist Supremacy, by Niranjan

Black Table, by Anttimatti Pennanen

The Ceph: Reborn, by Matthew Poehler

Road to Juneau, by Liam Quane

The Emerald Princess, by J. D. Richards

Rim City Blues, by Elliott Scott

Dangerous Thoughts, by James L. Steele

Mercuryville, by Tara Summerville

First of Their Kind, by C. D. Tavenor

Empire of Ash and Blood, by Matthew Thompson

The Diamond Device, by M. H. Thaung

Rise of Ahrik, by Nathan W. Toronto

Earthship, by John Triptych

Unknown Horizons, by Casey White

Innish Carraig, by Jo Zebedee

From these twenty-eight books, we have selected seven to be our quarterfinalists. Each of these has received three or four YES votes, and will now be read in full by each of our team judges, and be rated on a scale of 0-10, with the top three going through to the semifinals. But for now, here are your At Boundary’s Edge SPSFC2 Quarterfinalists:

Empire Reborn, by A K DuBoff

The Empyrean, by Katherine Franklin

Trials on the Hard Way Home, by Lilith Frost

Inquisitor, by Mitchell Hogan

Black Table, by Anttimatti Pennanen

The Diamond Device, by M. H. Thaung

Earthship, by John Triptych

We’ll be reading these books over the coming two months, and will have our semifinalists ready to announce by the end of January. See you soon with more SPSFC reviews.


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    […] It was all hands on deck with the SPSFC, as I reviewed the remaining three quarters of my slushpile (8-14, 15-21, 22-28) before announcing the team’s quarterfinalists. […]

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