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The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

This is the final book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I need to find out what happens. As proof of how much I loved this series, I read the entire series in the same month. I rarely even finish a series within a year, let alone a month!

Published: 2017

Genre: speculative fiction (I waffle as to whether this is science fiction or fantasy. This book is more fantastical than the others.)

Length: 398 pages, 416 pages total

Setting: various parts of the Stillness and Corepoint, after the events of The Obelisk Gate and before the Shattering

Summary: Short version: Will the moon be caught or slammed into the Earth?
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The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

This is the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I loved the first one so much I had to get the next one right away.

Published: 2016

Genre: science fiction, although this one is more fantastical than the first. I’m considering this a future Earth achieved through science, hence scifi.

Length: 391 pages of text, 407 pages with appendices

Setting: mostly around Castrima and Found Moon, immediately after events in The Fifth Season

Summary: Short version: How to develop a community in catastrophe Continue reading

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I saw this book at the library and picked it up for Mr. Curiosity and myself to read. It’s the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve heard good things about the series, including the fact that Jemisin won three Hugos in a row for each of the books in the series (a first!).

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 449 pages of text, 468 pages total

Setting: various locations in the Stillness, which I think is a far future Earth

Summary: Short version: Can I just say, “OMG read this book now!!”? No? Then how about: The world only thinks orogenes are controlled. 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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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

I picked a random book off my Kindle to read while I was waiting for some holds to come in from the library. This book is the first in the Spin trilogy that Tor provided free as part of their e-book club.

Published: 2005

Genre: science fiction

Length: 458 pages

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Cat Pictures, Please by Naomi Kritzer

cw_100_350Published: January, 2015 in Clarkesworld (you can read it for free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: on Earth, near future

Interest: It recently won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story

Summary: The narrator is a AI who grew out of a search engine algorithm. She’s very aware that if she were to reveal herself to humanity, she’d probably be destroyed. But, she doesn’t want to just sit back and enjoy all our cat pictures (although those are lovely, please keep taking them). Instead, she wants to help people. She knows all kinds of information that would help people, if they would just listen to her suggestions. She has uneven success with helping people, but it’s just enough to get her to try more.

Final thoughts: A fun little story, and an interesting thought experiment on how an AI who only exists online could help a person. It was also a reminder of how many harmful actions people take, even knowing they aren’t the best choice. It’s so hard to do the right think all the time, although getting online prompts can help you do what you need to and not just what you want to. Wouldn’t it be great to have a computer find you that perfect job or the perfect house, though? That would save a lot of hassle. You know they’re out there, it’s just finding it that’s hard.

Awards won: the 2016 Nebula Short Story Award and the 2016 Hugo Short Story Award

Title comes from: The AI’s favorite part of the internet was all the cat pictures. In fact, when she started a dating company, she wanted to be paid in cat pictures. But what happens if you don’t like cats (like my husband?) Would we get a new form of racism against dog people?

 

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Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang

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Translated by Ken Liu

Published: January/February 2015 in Uncanny (you can read it free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Length: novelette (I only read it online)

Setting: Beijing, some time in the future

Interest: It won the 2016 Hugo award for best novelette. Since it was easily read online, I decided to read and review this story instead of my usual short fiction. Continue reading

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