Category Archives: science fiction

Happy Star Wars Day

May the 4th is the unofficial holiday of Star War fans everywhere.  Celebrate the day by watching a Star Wars movie, reading a book or graphic novel, listening to audiobook or perhaps, just finding how much your Star Wars paraphernalia  … Continue reading

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R.I.P Sir Terry Pratchett

Last week  the iconic and beloved fantasy author, Terry Pratchett,  lost his battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease  and began his walk with Death. Writer of over 70 novels, Pratchett is perhaps best known for his series of books set in  Discworld, … Continue reading

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Breaking Down Barriers- Women Authors Using Pen Names

I recently stumbled across this article from Mashable regarding the pen names of women authors who’ve had to change their names in order to get published. Seeing as how it is Women’s History Month,  I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading

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First Class Writer, P.D. James

Author, P.D. James, known as the Queen of Crime Fiction, died last Thursday at the age of 94.   James gave us stellar writing in her 19 novels, including 14 murder mysteries  that included the character she was best known for, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin turned 85  today and while the author is known for her stellar works in science fiction & fantasy it was this article in Brainpickings about her essays that caught my eye today,  I will be checking out … Continue reading

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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is Sci-Fi Multi Award Winner

What do California Chrome and Ancillary Justice have in common?  Last week, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice won the prestigious Nebula Award for Best Novel voted upon by  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  The novel has also won … Continue reading

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Hugo Award Finalists 2014 Announced

The Hugo Award is the most prestigious award given in the genre of science fiction.  Finalists were announced this past weekend.  While one of the finalists for best novel isn’t available in publication yet, (Warbound by Larry Correia)  check out … Continue reading

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Patron Review: On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Set in the near future dystopian US, the author creates a complex, recognizable yet different, future for us…or those who colonize our ruined cities. (Who is Us and who is Other is just one of many topics Lee lays out … Continue reading

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Patron Review: The Last Policeman and Countdown City by Ben Winters

   These are books 1 and 2 of a proposed trilogy, which PR describes as a pre-apolocalyptic police procedural. It has a strong and appealing lead character, tension and drama, and a mystery good enough to keep you interested. The … Continue reading

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Congratulations to 2013 Hugo Award winner John Scalzi

for his 2012 novel Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas. Scalzi riffs off the familiar Star Trek series.  Here  is a summary of the book from the publisher: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital … Continue reading

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