Science Fiction & Fantasy

Preparing for Ender's Game

Are you excited for the long-awaited SciFi classic, Ender’s Game, to be released on the big screen this November? Before seeing the movie, I plan to brush up on the story.

Don't have time to read it in its original format? Try the graphic novel adaptation.

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

Isaac, Lena and Nidhi are back in Codex Born the second book of the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. With the murder of a wendigo, a mysterious and powerful organization makes a reappearance after over 500 years of silence with an agenda to use Lena Greenwood (a dryad) as a weapon against the Porters.

Frederik Pohl: 1919-2013

Novelist, poet, essayist, editor, agent – Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was a pioneer and champion of science fiction.  Not only did he create worlds for which he won many awards, including six Hugos as well as a Grand Master from the Science Fiction Writers of America, but he also guided and encouraged other writers.  With 75 years of influence in the genre, here are a few items worth checking out.  You can also look at the extensive summary on Frederik Pohl on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

 

Star Wars by way of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher combines the classic style of Shakespeare with George Lucas's  Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope. Wait! Don't write it off too quickly. As quirky as it sounds, the iambic pentameter and old English is rather charming in the Star Wars setting.

TROOPER 4: Pray, show me now thy papers.

OBI-WAN: Nay, thou dost not need to see his papers.            

Neptune's Brood

 "I can get you a cheaper ticket if you let me amputate your legs: I can even take your thighs as a deposit," said the travel agent. He was clearly trying hard to be helpful: "It's not as if you'll need them where you're going, is it?"    

Adult Programs This August @ your library

https://drive.google.com/?usp=chrome_app#folders/0B34EIlkz42-9UDV2UFotV2luVWsThe Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library invites you to join us for our Adult Programs this August*.  We will continue with TGIF Programs, various book clubs (mystery, great books, two science fiction/fantasy clubs, and YA Book Club for Adults), Freeman Needlecrafters, Adult Crafts to Go, Clear Lake Area Writers (CLAW), and SCORE Counseling.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program (SRP) ends August 10th. So please sign up by then in order to be eligible to win a bookstore gift card or an eReader!

Cobra Slave (Cobra Rebellion Trilogy - Book 1)

Timothy Zahn continues the saga of the Cobras (technologically enhanced soldiers necessary in times of war to battle an alien menace, the Troft, who are too powerful for normal humans to defeat).  With the Troft conflict in a stalemate, a new threat comes to the Cobra worlds from a sister empire, the Dominion of Man. In an attempt to consolidate power, the Dominion of Man begins a campaign of enslavement.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2013

 "I protest the idea that emotion and logic are two mutually exclusive lands separated by a wall of  our perceptions. In my experience, the analytic and artistic threads of human endeavor are so thoroughly entangled, it is impossible to separate them."  -  Catherine Asaro, Nebula Awards Showcase Editor

House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion

House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion is the first of three installations by the collaborative team of David Weber and BuNine. The first half of the book is a novella "I Will Build a House of Steel". It introduces the reign of King Roger, the beginnings of the Manticoran Star Kingdom and the development of the Manticoran navy.

British Football and Magic in London Falling

In Paul Cornell's first urban fantasy novel London Falling four police officers infiltrating a powerful drug lord's gang come in contact with an artifact which gives them The Sight. They begin to see ghosts, demons and various oddities that seem to be invisible to everyone else. As Inspector Quill and his team deepen their investigation, they discover the drug lord (Toshack's) connection to a legend about the West Ham football team.

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