Monthly Archives: August 2014

Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

John Scalzi ★★★★ Tor, 2014. Science fiction isn’t about predicting the future, it’s about commenting on the present.  And with his latest novel, Hugo winner John Scalzi really nails the present. Plagues, riots, discrimination, evil Internet billionaires, Tea Partiers and … Continue reading

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Review: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie ★★★★ Orbit, 2013. In a panel at Phoenix Comicon this year, paranormal military fiction author Myke Cole talked about gaining reader sympathy by emphasizing the humanity of characters – citing Watership Down as a story about rabbits who … Continue reading

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Retro Review: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson ★★★★★ Orbit, 2012. What an amazing book. Kim Stanley Robinson’s brilliant examination of humanity’s colonization of space 300 years in the future, was shortlisted for the Hugo and won the Nebula Award.   And deservedly so. Fans … Continue reading

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Fool’s Assassin

Robin Hobb ★★★ Del Rey, 2014. A confession – I skipped ahead. Rather than reading the rest of the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies that followed Assassin’s Apprentice, I jumped to this, the latest in Robin Hobb’s ongoing saga of FitzChivalry … Continue reading

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2014 Hugo Awards

The 2014 Hugo Awards were presented at LonCon 3 on Sunday. Here is a rundown of the results: Best Novel: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Best Novella: “Equoid” by Charles Stross. Best Novelette: “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal. Best … Continue reading

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