Shadow Unit 3

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Contains the novel, "Refining Fire" by Elizabeth Bear and Emma Bull, plus bonus material.

There are nightmares humanity doesn't dream are real. Welcome to Shadow Unit.

The Shadow Unit series was created by award-winning authors Emma Bull and Elizabeth Bear.

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About Emma Bull

Two of Emma’s favorite childhood memories are of typing out nonsense words on her parents’ black Royal manual typewriter, and watching the neighbor mow the lawn. She went to Beloit College, where she majored in English, then moved to Minneapolis, where there are two seasons: Snow removal and road repair. (Or, as it sometimes seems, snow repair and road removal.)

After that, she moved back to her native southern California, where she would’ve driven with the top down if she’d had a convertible. She was a resident of the Republic of Bisbee (AZ) and loved it (except on the few days of the year when there was snow). And now she’s living in Tucson, Arizona, where she would ride the range if she had a pony. But she does have a great cowboy hat.

She’s written novels, screenplays, a children’s book, and short stories. She and her husband, Will Shetterly, are members of the Interstate Writers’ Workshop, aka The Scribblies. Emma and Will conduct writing workshops now and then; they’ve taught in Los Angeles, at Clarion West, the Pima Writers Workshop, and elsewhere.

Emma played guitar and sang in the Flash Girls, a goth-folk duo. She was a member of Cats Laughing, a psychedelic improv folk-jazz band that included Steven Brust, Adam Stemple, Lojo Russo, and Bill Colsher.

She is the producer for Shadow Unit, a webfiction project she shares with Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly, and Amanda Downum. It combines novella-length episodes of a series story with hypertext “DVD extras” and character on-line journals. Contributing writers in its eight-episode second “season” include Holly Black and Leah Bobet.

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Review by: Alice Shipman on March 4, 2018 :
Really, really great. (And I fully second the fact that episodes with Bull as the primary author deserve even more than 5 stars.)
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Review by: CGMullin on Jan. 5, 2012 :
Actually, this volume of the series may deserve SIX stars. Bear and Bull are high-quality professional authors, and "Refining Fire" is as good a novel as either has ever written. Including the ones nominated for or winning Hugos and Nebulas.

Don't start with this though. Read this series in order, because you won't really appreciate volume 3 unless you have read volumes 1 and 2 first.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: CGMullin on Jan. 5, 2012 :
Here's a good, brief summary of the show, taken from the Getting Started page at

"Shadow Unit is a science fictional story about a group of unrealistically sexy FBI agents struggling to protect humanity from the worst monsters imaginable. Except some of our heroes may be on the road to becoming monsters themselves...."

Sounds interesting? Well you could just go to the websitte and read. But maybe it's more convenient for you to read as an e-book. Try it. I suspect you WUILL get hooked. If so, you'll agree that the people doing this deserve your support, and one painless way to do that is to buy the book version
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
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