Tag Archives: science fiction

Reading Pair: the Calculating Stars and Hidden Figures

Here’s a nice pair of books, one fiction and one nonfiction, about the early history of the NACA and the beginnings of NASA.  I found out about the first from a post on John Scalzi’s blog, and was delighted when … Continue reading

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Bell at Sealey Head and Space Opera

Here are two very different novels for adults that I read earlier this year. Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip. Penguin, 2008. At Sealey Head, a bell that no one can see and most of the locals no longer … Continue reading

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The Murderbot Diaries 1-3

I read the first of this on-going series of novellas back in January, and squeezed in the most recent two now, before buckling down to full-on Cybils reading.  In the meantime, the first book, All Systems Red, won this year’s … Continue reading

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Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

The story begun in Binti continues with even more depth… Spoiler alert: if you haven’t yet read Binti, you’ll want to do so before reading this review. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor. Tor, 2017. Binti has achieved the dream she … Continue reading

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

I finally got around to reading Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – short & intense thoughts on identity, diplomacy and a love of math. In space, which makes everything better. Continue reading

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

This is one I heard about from British bookish folk, and then had to wait a very long time for it to come out in the U.S., where it just came out last year, and a bit longer for it to … Continue reading

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Ancillary Justice and Monstress

Here is some of my recent reading for grown-ups – two beautifully detailed, intricately plotted, and female-focused worlds.  Both of these showed up in my Top 10 New-to-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016. Ancillary Justice. Imperial … Continue reading

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Diversity on the Shelf- July Update

My July reading included 5 mostly middle grade books by authors of color and three YA and adult books with main characters of color. Continue reading

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Dawn

It’s the Old School Wednesday Readalong at the Book Smugglers today. Dawn by Octavia Butler. Warner: Aspect Science Fiction, 1987. Octavia Butler has been on my want-to-read list for about a decade now. When this book was selected as the … Continue reading

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The Martian

My brother-in-law recommended this to my love, who then insisted that I listen to it as well. It was also (at least in print) also a Library Reads pick for February. The Martian by Andy Weir. Narrated by R.C. Bray. … Continue reading

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