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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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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Mr. Curiosity wanted me to read some science fiction for a read aloud. My husband suggested this book, which is a classic and right in wheelhouse for the perfect length for a read aloud. Perfect choice!

Published: 1980

Genre: science fiction/humor

Length: 215 pages

Setting: various locations within the Galaxy, present to the time of writing

Summary: Short version: An unplanned trip off Earth leads to surprises Continue reading

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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

I’ve been following Laffery’s works ever since I found the Heaven series  (starting with Heaven: Season One) on podiobooks. I knew I’d eventually read this one as soon as I heard Lafferty was writing it. I was in the mood for some science fiction so it seemed like the time to read the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction murder mystery

Length: 364 pages

Setting: 2200s-2493 Earth and the spaceship Dormire

Summary: Short version: Closed room murder mystery involving clones 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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From a Certain Point of View

I’m going to do something a little different for my short fiction review this week. Mr. Curiosity picked up this Stars Wars short story compilation from the library recently. I read a few stories in it and thought it would be worth reviewing.

Published: 2017

Genre: short story collection about Star Wars

Length: 496 pages

Setting: the Star Wars universe, during the time of the original movie trilogy Continue reading

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

I’d seen his version of “Space Oddity” performed in space and been a fan ever since. When I found out he wrote a book, I put it on my TBR list and picked it now because it gave me a letter in my reading challenge.

Subtitle: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Published: 2013

Genre: memoir

Length: 284 pages of text, 295 pages total

Setting: various Canadian, U.S. and Russian locations and the International Space Station, 1980s-2000s Continue reading

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One More Star, Shining by Anthea Sharp

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: 2016 in the anthology Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an asteroid mining colony above the planet Doralfi, far future

Summary: Liza and her girlfriend Selina are making vacation plans  to get away from their difficult mining job. Selina heads down to the planet first and is killed in a shooting at a dance club. Liza makes plans to move away from her mining job and do something better with her life.

Final thoughts: I was amazed how much character building Sharp was able to sneak in to her story without making it feel like an infodump. I felt sorry Liza. She obviously had an easier life at one point and gave it up for a chance at agency. She’s finally found something wonderful (Selina), and that’s taken from her in a random act of violence. My favorite part was how Liza started to heal by playing music. I have also found that playing the piano and even listening to music can be very emotional, and provides a method of healing.

Title comes from: I’m not sure. Maybe it refers to Selina as being a star, shining brightly in Liza’s life?

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