Science Fiction

Terry Pratchett Wins the Margaret A. Edwards Award!

terry pratchett The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for his or her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Terry Pratchett writes amazing fantasy adventures that are intelligent and humorous. Check out some of Terry Pratchett’s books here @ HCPL

 

 

 

 

A Golden Grab-Bag of Science Fiction Goodies

The Windup Girl    The City & the City
An out of this world round-up of speculative adventure to the stars, through time, through the human mind, and even Bangkok.

Speculative Fiction Readers: What Should I Read Next?

In celebration of the new HCPL service, Book Hunters, I want to let you, speculative fiction readers, to tell me what book to read next. Be not alarmed that I have run out of things to read. Au contraire, with Shadowheart by Tad Williams and Antiphon by Ken Scholes both out, plus a plan for the re-read of Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss in anticipation of The Wise Man’s Fear coming in the spring my to-read shelf is hardly bare.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
44% (4 votes)
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
33% (3 votes)
The Cardinal's Blades by Pierre Pevel
11% (1 vote)
Empress of Eternity by L.E. Modesitt, Jr
11% (1 vote)
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
0% (0 votes)
Total voters: 9

New Science Fiction for Teens

sci-fi museum restroom signIf you’re an avid science fiction reader, this year’s crop of new science fiction for teens has something enjoyable for every fan of the genre.
 

New Science Fiction

Come Midnight...

Midnight is on the mind this season of new books in Fantasy and Science Fiction.  HCPL has Towers at Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, the next in the Wheel of Time series, on order.  Put a hold on your copy today! 

Terry Pratchett was not left out with his I Shall Wear Midnight that came out in September, look for a copy to join the HCPL catalog soon.

Other new releases include:

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.

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