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Audiobook Review: The Dawn of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese, narrated by J.D. Ledford

I decided to sign up for Audible when I took my new job.  Deciding to leave my wife and toddler in Michigan until we sold our house meant almost 3,000 miles of driving each month (and for considerably longer than … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

I know that Space Cadet is a good book on an intellectual level.  But it doesn’t evoke the same kind of visceral gut reaction that Have Space Suit—Will Travel did.  There certainly isn’t anything remotely as gripping as the two … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

Nightfall and Other Stories is a collection of 20 pieces of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, including, of course, the novelette “Nightfall,” one of his most famous works.  “Nightfall” was Asimov’s 32nd work but in many ways his first breakout … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Where to Start with Isaac Asimov

I should really be hitting you with an honest-to-God book review today, but: because real life intrudes, because I haven’t finished the book, because I’m inspired by reading Alec Nevala-Lee’s history of John W. Campbell’s editorship of Astounding, because Vintage … Continue reading

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Gunpowder Moon is a Fine Example of the Sort of Near-ish Future Hard Science Fction I’ve Been Digging Lately

I walked into Gunpowder Moon thinking of it as a mystery, but it is really more of a thriller.  It benefits the most from the strength of the lead—Caden Dechert—and the carefully drawn vision of a plausible future on the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Have Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert Heinlein

I don’t read a whole lot of YA fiction these days (or ever, really).  Even less middle school fiction.  And I suppose Have Space Suit—Will Travel, like The Hobbit, would be marketed as middle school fiction were it to be … Continue reading

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Review of Death’s End by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

With its completion with Death’s End, I can now say that the Remembrance of Earth’s Past is my all-time favorite science fiction series (says the noob of a sci fi fan).  It opens just like you would expect the final … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Vintage SF Month is hosted by the Little Red Reviewer. The year is 1997.  Otherwise known as the “far future” for people living in 1974.  William Mandella is a bright, young physics student.  Or he was, before he got drafted … Continue reading

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Short Review Roundup – Too Little Time Edition

These books all deserve more attention than I’m giving them.  I want to go on at great length about The Shattered Sigil books and The Dark Forest in particular.  But it has been too long since I read these and … Continue reading

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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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