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Who Ruled SF during the Summer?

In the months of June, July, and August, the libraries get even busier than usual.  Our customers get busy reading more, too, but do you know what SF we read most during those months?  Looks like a lot of us, including myself, decided to spend time with Harry -- Harry Dresden.  Changes took the top spot.  The title entered the library system in April, but he was still going strong in the summer.  Guess we just can't get enough of Harry.  And I have to say, this one has to be one of my favorite of the Dresden Files books.   Do you have a favorite Dresden Files book?

Fantastical History

Alternate History, Steampunk, Historical Fantasy (Fantastical History?) and many more subgenres all do something very similar: they take what was and give new possibilities or mystic reasons why.  I just finished reading Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, and the fantasy elements were so light touched as to feel more like a new telling of a very old myth.  It was also great to see some fresh fantasy going into other cultures than European based.  The story, however, had much less overt magic a

Tor Tempts (or Taunts) your reading tastebuds

I first came to know Sanderson's writing through his Mistborn Trilogy, and from that I had no further trepidation of his picking up the Wheel of Time series books from the late Robert Jordan.  Now Tor.com is offering up the first three chapters of Brandon Sanderson's book in his new series, The Way of Kings (book one of The Stormlight Archive).  To rea

2010 Nebula Award Winners

2010 Nebula Award Winners were announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc ceremony May 15, 2010.

Novel
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books, Sept. 2009)

Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will announce their Nebula Award winners on May 15 during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  One of the major awards of Speculative Fiction, it is voted on by active members of SFWA.

Want to make sure you have your reading done in preparation for the award announcements?  Free Speculative Fiction Online has gathered up the links to several of the nominees.

Harris County Public Library carries the following works:

Andre Norton Award Nominees

Since 2005, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy has been presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Named after famous author Andre Norton (1912-2005), it is presented at the yearly Nebula Awards. 

This year's nominees are:

Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Ash by Malinda Lo

SF Sneak Peeks - Robin Hobb

Have you been waiting for some good reads out of SF?  Anticipating the winter season to end so the publishers start passing out those Spring titles?  Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders Trilogy) starts a new series Rain Wilds Chronicles with Dragon Keeper.  While waiting for your HCPL book to come in, which you can place a hold on now, you can read a sneak peak at HarperCollins website.

2009 HCPL Top Circulated SF Titles

The following titles were published late 2008 or 2009.  These were the top 10 circulated Science Fiction / Fantasy titles in the Harris County Public Library System.

World Hopping

Back from World Fantasy 2009 full of thoughts and interesting questions.  One of the panels I attended was about how laws and cultural ideologies would change when supernatural beings are accepted as fact and not fiction.  What legal ramifications would be involved in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" if vampires and werewolves were our neighbors?  Could they run for office?  Talk about one long senatorial run if you had an immortal in the seat.

Ursula K. Le Guin's 80th Birthday!

Copyright © by Marian Wood KolischFor 45 years, Ursula K. Le Guin has been reaching audiences of all ages with her stories.  Several honors have come her way for the over twenty books, collections, children's stories, and more she has written.  To see a list of all her achievements, she has a wonderful website.  HCPL carries many of her stories for some great reads

Happy Birthday!

 

Photo courtesy of official website. Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch

 

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