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Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

October 28, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Pyr, 2009, 267pp. I’ve been on a bit of a Kristine Kathryn Rusch kick recently. (Notice how I avoided the ‘rush’ pun? Pretty good, huh?) I started reading her Retrieval Artist series last winter and have been enthralled by her ability to create full-fleshed, […]

Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston

May 3, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Fate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston Ballantine Del Rey, 2009, 370pp As might be obvious by now, I’m a bit of a media tie-in junkie. The idea of an expanded universe fascinates me: an original story is great, but building out the universe a story takes place in really piques […]

Shadows of the Past by Tom Kolega

April 26, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Shadows of the Past by Tom Kolega State of the Art Entertainment, 2009, 365pp. It’s no secret that I’m a media tie-in junkie. I love reading in shared universes that are based on video games or movies or comics. Back in the days of Deep Magic, we had a shared universe called […]

Wildcards, ed. by George R.R. Martin

April 12, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Wild Cards (Volume 1), ed. by George R.R. Martin Tor Books, 2010, 496pp My kids love to tease me about growing up in the ’80s. To them, the past is a foreign country, especially that distant decade. They listen to the music. They mock. They watch the T.V. series. They ridicule. They […]

Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard

March 29, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard Doubleday, 2010, 289pp. Authors are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” But reviewers are rarely asked, “Where do you get your books for review?” Sure, we get free copies from publishers who want to create a buzz for their latest book, but […]

Guardians of the Phoenix by Eric Brown

March 15, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Guardians of the Phoenix by Eric Brown Solaris, 2010, 430pp. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for future dystopia novels. The idea fascinates me: so much of science fiction is about how wonderful the future is going to be, but what if things go wrong? Could the things that […]

Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis

March 8, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis Bantam Spectra, 2010, 512pp/641 pp I always love it when one of my favorite authors takes up one of my favorite topics. My wife and I both love Connie Willis’s writing, and we both have an interest in life in wartime England. (My wife grew up in […]

Ares Express by Ian McDonald

March 1, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Ares Express by Ian McDonald Pyr, 2010, 389pp. On a terraformed Mars, peoples, goods, and raw materials are moved across the planet by atomic-powered steam trains the size of small cities. These trains are ruled by hereditary families of Engineers and Stewards and Deep-Fusion workers. When Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-Bun Asiim Engineer […]

Moving Mars by Greg Bear

February 8, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Moving Mars by Greg Bear Tor, 1993, 500pp. Regarding award-winning SF novels, that prolific fan of speculative fiction, William Shakespeare, once wrote in one of his ‘zines “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” I’ve often felt the same way, […]

By Heresies Distressed by David Weber

January 18, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores By Heresies Distressed by David Weber Tor, 2010, 640 pages I reviewed the first two volumes of the Safehold series here and at that time I was quite excited about it. It has a fairly original idea and lots of potential for exciting stories. The first two volumes gave me a lot […]