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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Wandering Scientist described as a cross between Douglas Adams and Eurovision so I was in, especially when I found it to listen to on Hoopla.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: near future Earth and beyond

Summary: Short version: Humans join the rest of the galaxy in competing in the Metagalactic Grand Prix Continue reading

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Explorer by C. J. Cherryh

This is the third book in the second Foreigner trilogy that I bought at the library book sale (years ago now). I really enjoyed the first two books and had high hopes for the third.

Published: 2002

Genre: science fiction

Length: 408 pages

Setting: space around Reunion Station, soon after the events of Defender

Summary: Short version: Phoenix encounters aliens at Reunion Station Continue reading

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.

Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas

Genre: 358 pages

Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni

Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading

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The Elissiad by Ahas Bardon

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Alt.History 102 (Future Chronicles Book 10)

Genre: alternate history/science fiction

Setting: ancient Carthage

Summary: Short version: The Goddess Tanit and God Baal were aliens trying to repair their spacecraft Continue reading

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Defender by C. J. Cherryh

This is the second book in the second Foreigner trilogy I picked up from the library’s used book sale.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 314 pages

Setting: a space station around an exoplanet, six years after the events of Precursor

Summary: Short version: Bren is working on the new space station with the atevi Continue reading

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The Parasite and the Widow by Jeremy M. Gottwig

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: April, 2016 in Nature (you can read it for free at the link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an exoplanet, far future

Summary: Short version: A woman is offered an extended life if she hosts a parasite Continue reading

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The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

I saw this reviewed on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog in a Big Ideas post. For those posts, the author discusses one of the big ideas that went into the creation of a story. From that post, I thought the story sounded interesting and put it on my TBR list. I finally got around to reading it, six years later (I’m slow to getting some books of my list, what can I say?)

Published: 2013

Genre: science fiction

Length: 456 pages

Setting: starting in Chicago, Illinois, and then worldwide, present day.

Summary: Short version: An alien turns Roen from Joe Schmo to a super spy Continue reading

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