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Twiceborn by C. L. Kagmi

Now that I’ve finally written up all of my 2017 books, I’m back to my usual schedule. I’ll get a post about my 2018 reading goals up soon, but Monday means short fiction. I’m still working my way through Event Horizon 2017, so this is the next short story in the collection highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September, 2016 in Compelling Science Fiction Issue 2

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the exoplanet Bharata, far future Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

This book got a lot of buzz when it was translated into English, including winning the Hugo. I was interested because it was Chinese science fiction, and felt like some science fiction next.

Published: 2006 in Chinese, 2014 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 399 pages

Setting: China in the late 1960s and present day Continue reading

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Genellan: Planetfall by Scott Gier

I wanted a science fiction book to read off my Kindle while I waited for library books to come in. This one sounded reasonable and was the first in a series.

Published: 2005

Genre: science fiction

Length: 543 pages

Setting: an earth-like exoplanet called Genellan and surrounding space Continue reading

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Looking for Gordo by Robert J. Sawyer

This is the next story in the Future Visions anthology, by someone I’ve never even heard of. Turns out the two authors are known for their comics and illustrations, which explains my lack of knowledge.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Setting: California, 2030s
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Existence by David Brin

Published: 2012

Genre: first contact science fiction

Length: 556 pages

Setting: near future Earth

Interest: I’d heard an audio version of one of the storylines in the novel on Escape Pod (Aficionado if you’re interested in listening). It was about the beginning of Uplift (a different series her wrote that I loved) and I was intrigued enough to track it down. Continue reading

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Little Fuzzy by Henry Beam Piper

Published: 1962

Genre: first contact science fiction

Length: 142 pages

Setting: far future, an Earth colony called Zarathustra

Interest: John Scalzi wrote a novel in the Little Fuzzy universe called Fuzzy Nation and to promote his book, he provided a link to the original story. It’s still available free through Amazon to your Kindle.

Summary: Jack Holloway is a sunstone prospector on Zarathustra. He is befriended by a local species he names a Fuzzy. Turns out, the Fuzzies are sapient. The Company that own the title to the planet will lose that title if the planet has a sapient race, so the upper management does everything it can to disprove the sapience claim. Ultimately, they fail to keep control of the planet.

Final thoughts: A very fun little story. It made me want to get Scalzi’s new story now, so his marketing strategy worked quite nicely.

Title comes from: Holloway named the native species Fuzzies because they were cute and fuzzy, and the first one he came into contact with he named Little Fuzzy.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year

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