Tag Archives: science fiction

A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys

Here’s a dire and hopeful story of climate crisis and first contact that’s sticking with me months after I read it. Continue reading

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One Long, Two Short: The City We Became, Remote Control, and The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

Here are some speculative fiction books written for adults that I’ve read (and enjoyed, of course!) this year – one full-length novel and two novellas. Continue reading

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Sequels: Fated Sky, Exit Strategy, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Sometimes I read the first book in a series and never go on.  Other times I keep up in fits and starts. Here’s me trying to keep up.  All of these deserve longer reviews, but here’s to living with reality. … Continue reading

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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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