Science Fiction

Winter Days Call For Epic Space Operas

Leviathan Wakes

Winter days make me think of epic space operas set in the unforgiving cold of space, and one series in particular stands out.  The Expanse series by James S A Corey (really two authors,Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is a fantastic mix of sci fi, noir mystery and action.

 

 

Samuel R. Delany: 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

Samuel R. Delany has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award by the  Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, for his lifetime achievement in science fiction and fantasy. During his career he has won four Nebula awards, two Hugo awards, was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002 as well as many other awards and achievements.

New Adventure in Old Mars

There was a time when Mars was still a mystery and we thrilled to the early pulp stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny and many others. It was a desert planet of Martians, ancient cities, canals, exotic landscapes and high adventure.

Though modern science has revealed Mars' secrets now (or lack thereof) this collection harkens back to the pulp fiction style about our red neighbor, before we knew what was actually there.

Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Hunted, book six in Kevin Hearne's The Iron Druid Chronicles, begins with Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon in a race to find an open portal to the Tuatha De Danann plain of existence, while avoiding the vengeful grasp of the goddesses of the hunt, Artemis and Diana as well as other assorted members of the Greek and Roman pantheons.

The One-Eyed Man by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

When offered a job on Stittara, Dr. Paulo Verano (a freelance ecological consultant) accepts, looking for a new start after difficulties in his personal life. The planet is a main producer of anagathics, drugs which can double the human life span. He soon gets caught in the political pressures of the government as uninterrupted flow of the longevity drug is top priority to the officials, even to the destruction of the human settlements.

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?"    

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