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On My Bookshelf: Women F/SF Authors

Sometimes I get surprised by authors at the early end of their career. Imperfections can be easily forgiven, especially for a new writer with something new to say or a different approach to something old. Becky Chambers’ debut novel The … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Luna (Wolf Moon)

I like fiction–books and movies–with balance. What I mean: characters have good things. And a conflict emerges because something good is threatened. Their loves. Their activities. Their lives. The reader or viewer is on edge because they can’t imagine losing … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: SF That Often Doesn’t Get Finished

I’ve had a particularly difficult time reading science fiction these days. A few days ago someone in real life asked me for a recommendation, and I struggled to think of one. I remember a passage in a recent novel of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Sirius

Jonathan Crown’s 2014 first novel, translated into English has been on my bookshelf for a few weeks. This week I finished it. How would I describe the book? It’s a really¬†good read. One reviewer called it “a beautiful fairy tale … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Hamilton and Sondheim

For now, I live at least a half a¬†continent away from the performances. As a consolation, the soundtrack is greatly enjoyable. And nearly so is this book, which arrived from Amazon last summer. Having a readable libretto is nice; some … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Luna (New Moon)

The moon may be the closest celestial body to our home planet. It might also be the only one we will be able to colonize in the next century. But sf fans know it doesn’t get as much love as … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hubble Cosmos

Upfront: I’ve been an avid reader of National Geographic since 1969. I usually catch up these days at the public library, as I never wanted to recycle their magazines. And those volumes get heavy as the years pile up. I … Continue reading

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