Category Archives: science fiction

On My Bookshelf: On The Steel Breeze

Not every science fiction novel, especially recent ones, have their own Wikipedia entry. Is that a good thing? My latest read does, which I checked after finishing the book earlier this afternoon. I really want to really like Alastair Reynolds’ books. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Burning Paradise

Robert Charles Wilson was one of my favorite authors about twenty years ago. I’ve found his more recent books less edifying than those from his early career. Those nominating him for awards don’t seem to differentiate. He exploded into top-shelf science … Continue reading

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Looking To The Fringe

Someone suggested I check out the science fiction tv series Fringe.Over the past few months, my wife and I have been working our way through five seasons of episodes. We’re almost at the end, and perhaps it’s time to offer … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: V-S Day

When I was a kid, I didn’t think the space program was going fast enough, so I invented my own. Crewed missions, observatories, planetary exploration–most everything I thought was missing. Because of all that, I feel quite sympathetic to an … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Old Man’s War

My readers here may be surprised with this dip into military science fiction. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is neither a walk in the park nor a mindless kowtow to the gods of war. It’s a well-regarded book, especially by fans, nearly … Continue reading

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Imitating Women In Inappropriate Relationships

Is this just a coincidence, or a sign of the low imagination levels of tv writers when it comes to scripting women … One of my wife’s favorite programs, NCIS, kicked off with a Secret Service agent having an affair. … Continue reading

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Kindling the Greatship

I was surprised to find a published collection of Robert Reed’s older Greatship stories. I’ve blogged about this fine author before: his decent novels and his superior shorter fiction, like here. I saw the Kindle edition greatly discounted, so I … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

A few years ago I read Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War and enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that a sequel had come out. A few of them, actually. The immediate follow-up is Gardens of the Sun, which I read earlier … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Razor’s Edge

The first two-thirds of this novel plods along. I didn’t mind because the series started out great and moved along so well. Then, suddenly, pow! A couple of betrayals, and things start really moving fast. Literary whiplash it was, and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi’s second novel, The Fractal Prince, was an enjoyable a read as his first novel, which I finished up last month. Like that first book, the author disdains giving you those helpings of information that assist you in knowing … Continue reading

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How Does Science Fiction Age?

The week before last, I found Isaac Asimov’s fourth Foundation novel in the university’s library. A good find, as Foundation’s Edge is missing from the public library. One can read the Foundation stories (the five short stories and four novellas … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi’s 2010 debut novel is not conventional science fiction. He drops the reader into a strange future and he gives only sparing directions on what’s going on. Well, not quite. In the first two chapters, a Weird Idea is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Neptune’s Brood

The last two sf novels I read were from Scottish authors. This seems to be a pattern. This one was too. Well, Leeds in origin, but Scotland now in residency. There’s a sub-genre of military science fiction that draws and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Night Sessions

The premise behind Ken MacLeod’s award-winning (British Science Fiction Award for Best 2008 Novel) science fiction/mystery is twofold. First, robots have self-awareness and maybe souls. The prologue cites their possible interest in religion and returns to it by the end of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hydrogen Sonata

The latest Culture novel from Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata will also be his last. The author died of cancer last Sunday. So I tried to be a trooper with his last sf novel. But it was difficult. Mr Banks wrote … Continue reading

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