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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Mr. Curiosity picked this book up from the library. I was intrigued by the jacket copy and asked if it was worth reading. He said it was, so I did.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 435 pages

Setting: mostly MidMerica, nearish future Continue reading

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Last One Out by K. B. Rylander

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: July/August 2016 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Setting: Sweden, near future

Summary: The story is told from the viewpoint of Filip, a Stationary CompanionApp, as he relates to Ella, his elderly human companion. It seems that the world was struck by a killer virus, and years later, everything is still in quarantine. Filip has tried to get Ella off the little Swedish island she’s currently on, or access to her drugs, but has had no success. Things change when he’s able to contact a supercomputer who turns off the quarantine conditions and teaches Filip how to import his consciousness into a Go-Machine.

Final thoughts: An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world. Ella is alone, except for the bots that continue to maintain the cities and town. Filip has enough consciousness to worry about Ella, but not enough to come up with a good solution. Moving into the Go-Machine changes his perspective and his interactions with the world, and seems to open up more creative aspects of his personality. He still doesn’t understand music, although Ella keeps trying. Overall, a thoughtful piece with a touch of hope at the end.

Title comes from: According to an interview with the author, it refers to the phrase, “Last one out, turn the lights off.” Ella was the last one out, but she hadn’t turned the lights off because the bots were still out there.

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Tangled Up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge

I picked this book up at our library’s used book sale when I was looking for some science fiction or fantasy. The author’s name sounded vaguely familiar so I picked it up. Turns out it’s the fourth book in the Snow Queen Cycle.

Published: 2000

Genre: science fiction

Length: 235 pages

Setting: Tiamat, during the events of The Snow Queen Continue reading

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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

This is the sequel to Little Brother that I’m finally getting around to reading.

Published: 2013

Genre: speculative fiction

Length: 381 pages of story, 396 pages total

Setting: San Francisco, very near future Continue reading

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One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

I saw a post about graphic novels, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales were mentioned. Sadly, our library system doesn’t have any of that series, but it did have this book. We highly enjoyed Rapunzel’s Revenge, and thought this would be worth checking out.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 127 pages

Setting: Earth, far future Continue reading

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The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios

I must have seen this reviewed somewhere recently (it is a new book) and thought it would be interesting. I was in the mood for a science book and requested this.

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 206 pages of text, 245 pages total Continue reading

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The Tell by David Brin

This is the next story in the Future Visions anthology. I’ve read several books by David Brin, most recently rereading the Uplift saga.

Published: 2016

Genre: science fiction

Setting: near future, mostly in Vegas Continue reading

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