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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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