This won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2019. I finished all the 2019 short story nominees for the Hugo and Nebula, and am looking for other short stories to read.
Published: November, 2018 at the B&N Sci-fi and Fantasy blog
Setting: China, the ocean, and America, thousands of years before the present to today
Summary: Short version: Byam, an imugi, can’t ascend to dragonhood until he has a relationship with a woman Continue reading
This is a classic science fiction novel that created the whole subgenre of cyberpunk. It also won lots of genre awards. It’s a book that I was meaning to read for a long time. It was suddenly referenced referenced in several of my blogs (back when I read it in 2008) so I picked it up.
Genre: cyberpunk science fiction
Length: 278 pages
Setting: Tokyo and space, near future
Summary: Short version: Case is hired to hack an orbiting satellite for a rival AI Continue reading
Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor
This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.
Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)
Setting: a rural South library, present day
Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading
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!
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?
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.
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
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!).
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
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