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Science Fiction as the Best Social Fiction of Our Time: The Chaplain’s War by Brad Torgersen

Author Doris Lessing once noted that "That function of a writer is to raise questions not find answers." A Nobel Prize winner, Lessing famously responded to a critic of her Canopus in Argos series--a work of science … [Read More...]


What Good Science Fiction Looks Like: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge is brilliant and his A Fire Upon The Deep has got everything that really good science fiction should have. In his Zones of Thought universe, Vinge has divided the Milky Way galaxy into zones in which … [Read More...]

Ruin and Rising

Book Review | Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

The capital has fallen and Alina is hiding from the Darkling once again, this time in the depths of an underground series of tunnels and caverns. Unable to summon light, her recovery from fighting the Darkling is arduous and … [Read More...]


Review | Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Despite Alina and Mal’s efforts to flee and disappear into an unfamiliar land, far away from the Darkling’s power, they find that making a new life together is not as easy as they’d hoped. For Alina, running away from her … [Read More...]


Book Review | Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

I have no idea where I found Killer of Enemies. Something about the title caught my attention, I think, but by the time I had picked it up (from the library) I had already forgotten why. Somehow, though, I decided to read … [Read More...]

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Hugo Nominee: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

One of the podcasts I listen to in my spare time (or rather, while I'm mowing the lawn or doing laundry or in the car, because really: who has spare time?) is Writing Excuses, which includes Mary Robinette Kowal. She is the … [Read More...]

The Martian

Andy Weir’s The Martian Should Get a Hugo Nomination

If Andy Weir isn't up for the Hugo next year, then scifi fandom doesn't deserve good fiction anymore, because The Martian is pure awesome sauce. Left behind on Mars after a freak dust storm puts a hole in his suit and … [Read More...]


Review | Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress is an extremely savvy techie that has been stuck in a satellite for years. When she’s not doing Queen Lavana’s evil bidding, she’s usually glued to Earth’s satellite feeds, gathering information or pining over the … [Read More...]


Review | Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners #1)

As a boy, David had a terrible experience with the most powerful Epic of all: Steelheart. But through this experience, he may be the only person with a clue as to what Steelheart’s weakness is. All Epics have some sort of … [Read More...]


Review | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Eastman comes from some serious family money. Cady spends the summer months on her Grandpa’s private island with her cousins, aunts, and grandparents. The ‘Liars’ consist of two of Cady’s cousins that are her … [Read More...]

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