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Reading Recommendation: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson’s  latest book, Seveneves, truly rattled me. It’s a masterpiece of story.  I was listening in audiobook (which is about the only way I can consume fresh fiction right now with my writing/school/work schedule) so I had get it slow. It took four weeks. If I’d had in in my hands I’d have screwed up […]

Reading Recommendation: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

I recently finished Aurora (Audible version). I started out interested in it because I have also written generation ship books, and I find the generation ship to be a particularly interesting setting.  There is a lot of technology and a lot of big dreaming and hope that travels with these ships, and putting a lot of […]

Reading Recommendation: Apex, by Ramez Naam

I’m currently at the the World Future Society meeting in San Francisco, and one of the highlights will be getting to ask science fiction author Ramez Naam some questions tomorrow afternoon.  I just finished the last book in his trilogy (Nexus, Crux, and Apex) on the plane on the way down. I was really just blown […]

Reading Recommendation: Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress

While I was back at the World Future Society in July, my long-time friend and roommate, Gisele Peterson, was reading an advanced copy of “Yesterday’s Kin,” by Nancy Kress. I was jealous. We had both heard Nancy read from the beginning of this novella at Worldcon in San Antonio, and been hungry for the rest of […]

Publication News: Hieroglyph anthology out now

  I’m really excited about the release of the Hieroglyph anthology.  I enjoyed the process of researching and writing my story, and I’m tickled to be part of the project.  The table of contents is fabulous, and includes many of my favorite writers.  Here’s a bit of the description from the back cover: “Born of an initiative […]

Reading Recommendation: Arctic Rising and Hurricane Fever, Tobias Buckell

I love reading science fiction that evokes a believable and complete world, a world that I can imagine coming into being.  Tobias S. Buckell’s two recent science-fiction thrillers created an utterly plausible future where the arctic is no longer frozen, where the Caribbean is a player as well as a place where players go, and where […]

Reading Recommendation: The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert

This sharp, shocking book covers the anthropocene extinction. Kolbert neither flinches nor reprimands, which creates a very powerful read.  I read her “Field Notes form a Catastrophe” years ago (and heard her talk out here somewhere – maybe at Town Hall?) and that book helped to convince me that climate change is happening faster than […]

Reading Recommendation: Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie

I am always watching for excellent science fiction.  I also have a particular interest in science fiction written by women, probably because that’s what I do.  This year, I noticed that Anne Leckie had  a Nebula nomination for her debut novel, Ancillary Justice. So I read it. Perhaps because it is a brand-new set of […]

Reading Recommendation: The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey

Really, this is a recommendation for the first three books in The Expanse series, as I’ve heard there will be three more.  I already did a recommendation for the first book, which was so good that I had to read the next two. The books are Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War, and Abaddon’s Gate. I found […]

Reading Recommendation – Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I knew there would be reading time on a recent trip to France and Italy for my mother’s birthday, so I stopped at the bookstore on my way out of SEATAC. I decided to be a reader rather than an author, to grab fiction for entertainment instead of some new way to do research for […]