Category Archives: Science fiction

Starfish by Peter Watts

Read February 2018 Recommended for fans of the ocean deep, dystopia, character studies ★    ★    ★   ★   For the first half of the book, Starfish was shaping up to be one of my best sci-fi reads since Leviathan … Continue reading

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The City & The City by China Mieville

Read  January 2018 Recommended for Fans of Miéville      ★    ★    ★     Can a city have a personality? I think so. Certainly the feel of Los Angeles is entirely different from NYC, and different again from Chicago, right? … Continue reading

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The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Vol. 3

Read  January 2018 Recommended for    ★    ★     1/2 Ah, the heady days of sci-fi, when men were men, women were women, and bug-eyed tentacled things were bug-eyed tentacled things. Picked up because of the Hugo and Nebula winner ‘The Saturn … Continue reading

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Necropolis by Michael Dempsey. I’d live there.

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of Blade Runner ★    ★    ★   1/2 I keep my eye out for urban fantasy with an unusual angle. By ‘unusual,’ you can assume a distinct lack of werewolves and vampires. This one caught … Continue reading

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The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of classic sci-fi ★    ★    ★   Winner of both a Nebula and a Hugo, The Saturn Game tempted me by being a mix of both fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve had some success with Poul … Continue reading

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One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi fantasy that messes with the rules ★    ★    ★    ★   I’ve chewed on this review for a ridiculous amount of time. After two months, I’m left with a movie analogy: I think … Continue reading

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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. Must I?

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of classic sci-fi ★    ★     And today, mine is going to be unpopular. But remember the advice from 9th grade Advanced English teacher Mrs. Muench about metaphors. Or maybe I mean false equivalency. … Continue reading

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, AIs ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 “Confession time: I don’t actually know where we are…. I hadn’t looked at the maps yet and I’d barely looked at the survey package. In my … Continue reading

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Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of sci-fi fantasy that messes with the rules ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 “I made a mental note to tell the next Street Engineer I met that they were doing a damn fine job. … Continue reading

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The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Read  June 2017 Recommended for classic sci-fi fans ★    ★    ★   ★    1/2 An excellent analysis of the Trump candidacy and events leading up to his election as #45. Uses both his perspective and that of the anonymous supporter to chilling … Continue reading

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