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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

This is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series that both Mr. Curiosity and I were thrilled to see at the library. He recognized the scythes on the cover. I recognized the font. We immediately had an argument over who would get to read the book first.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 504 pages

Font: Bembo Std.

Setting: mostly MidMerica, soon after the events of Scythe Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

I was looking for a book and recognized Gibson’s name. I decided to pick up the oldest Gibson book I could find in the library.

Published: 2003

Genre: speculative fiction

Length: 356 pages

Setting: mostly the U.S. but also various international locations, 2002 Continue reading

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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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