Monthly Archives: July 2016

Throwback SF Thursday: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

In the year of our Lord 1345, a big, silvery spaceship lands in a small barony in England.  First contact is tough; one blaster blast from them, and a whole lot of clothyard shafts, lance tips, and sword blows from … Continue reading

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2016 Hugo Awards Ballot

I didn’t wind up reading a lot of the nominees and blogged about even fewer, but I at least wanted to get my votes up.  To be honest, I’ve lost a certain amount of interest in the Hugos.  And despite … Continue reading

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Review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted may be the most perfect fantasy novel I have read since A Game of Thrones.  Or maybe The Lord of the Rings. Uprooted is a finalist for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and it has my vote.

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Review of Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason. That’s a killer opening line.  And not one that Stephenson ever explains.  This isn’t a book about why the Moon blew up; it’s a book about what humanity decides … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Review of The Legend of Tarzan

To my knowledge, I had never watched a Tarzan movie.  Never read a Tarzan book.  Never read a Tarzan comic.  Never heard a Tarzan radio drama (or any radio drama, to be honest).  Never watched a Tarzan TV show.    Which … Continue reading

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Non-Hugo Awards Update

I have been derelict in both my Hugo reading and reviewing (Bad…Bad HP! Bad, wicked, naughty HP!).  I hope to have reviews of Uprooted and Seveneves up next week as well as a post on my very limited ballot.  But … Continue reading

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Review of Resist by Tracy Lawson

Resist, book 2 in Tracy Lawson’s Resistance Series, builds on the strengths of Counteract.  Careen and Tommy’s budding relationship continues to grow at the same time it generates conflict.  And Lawson’s keen grasp on the idea of liberty and the … Continue reading

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Review of Counteract by Tracy Lawson

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Ben Franklin The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense confirmed that a chemical weapons attack against the United States is imminent.  … Continue reading

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Announcing Throwback SF Thursdays

When I was young, with two large and rather obvious exceptions—Lewis and Tolkien—I read contemporary stuff, what I could find in the little mall Waldenbooks where I did most of my book buying.  In early adulthood, my speculative fiction reading … Continue reading

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Review of The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill

I had the pleasure of attending LibertyCon this past weekend.  While I was there I attended a panel on noir and hardboiled detective fiction.  (One of the panelists was Larry Correia, who wrote the excellent noir fantasy Grimnoir Chronicles.)  I’ve … Continue reading

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