Category Archives: science fiction

On My Bookshelf: Coming Home

I returned to a familiar pair of characters in Jack McDevitt’s latest novel, Coming Home. There are six other books in this series that feature archeologist Alex Benedict and his faithful pilot and narrator Chase Kolpath. It’s somewhat rare to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: My Real Children

What if? Many of us look back on our lives and wonder about a pivotal moment. What if we went to that school instead of this one, took this job instead of that one? Turned left instead of right? What … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Dark Eden

Lacking the support of modern infrastructure in a fully-developed society–this is a common theme in science fiction that a stranded colony will regress if abandoned by Earth or lost to them. The idea has been visited many times by many authors. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Psychohistorical Crisis

This seems to be a running theme in my leisure reading these days: dissatisfaction. That might mean I either could write my own novel, or I could give up on everything but Ignatian spirituality. Other good authors have tackled Isaac … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is not your usual science fiction author. Like others, she pops a big idea into her stories, then see where it leads the characters. In almost everything I’ve read from her, she looks deep within the person and explores … Continue reading

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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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