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Armada by Ernest Cline

I enjoyed Cline’s first book (Ready Player One) and decided I was in the mood for some science fiction. This fit the bill.

Published: 2015 (just shows you how long books stay on my TBR list before they get read sometimes)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 349 pages

Setting: Beavertown, Oregon, present day

Summary: Short version: All those alien fighting video games were secret training for the real thing Continue reading

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Monstrance of Sky by Christopher Mark Rose

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: December, 2016 at EscapePod (you can either listen to or read the story for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a colony on the bottom of the ocean, future

Summary: Short version: Breaking up with your clone Continue reading

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Precursor by C. J. Cherryh

I picked up this book and the other two in the series at the library’s used book sale because I enjoy Cherryh’s work. It’s actually the first book in the second trilogy set in the Foreigner universe.

Published: 1999

Genre: science fiction

Length: 398 pages

Setting: far future, an exoplanet

Summary: Short version: New conflicts between humans and atevi Continue reading

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A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt

This book has been on my TBR list so long I can’t remember why I added it. I read it now because it was available as an ebook to take on vacation.

Published: 1989

Genre: science fiction

Length: 310 pages

Setting: various places within the Confederacy of Worlds, far future

Summary: Short version: Alex unravels a historical mystery Continue reading

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

I loved her Imperial Radch series, so this was a given to read. I happened to see it sitting out at the library and picked it up as a palate cleanser after reading The Woman in White.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 439 pages

Setting: mostly near the stations or planets of Tyr and Hwae, after the events of the Imperial Radch trilogy

Summary: Short version: Ingray is at the center of interspecies political wrangling Continue reading

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A Human’s Life by George Nikolopoulos

This week promised to be the regular kind of busy instead of the crazy kind of busy, so I’m back to my usual blog posting schedule. As such, today’s post 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: September, 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22. It’s was also featured on an episode of StarShipSofa, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction as I do.

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the planet Pandaesia, far future

Summary: Short version: An alien’s guide to owning a human Continue reading

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Fleet of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

I’d seen a few reviews of this book ten years ago when it first came out. It’s set in the Known Space universe, but much earlier than the other books. Ringworld is one of those series that gets talked about so much I feel like I need to at least try a few of the books.

Published: 2007

Genre: science fiction

Length: 299 pages

Setting: 200 years before Ringworld, various planets Continue reading

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