Category Archives: Sci fi

Artemis by Andy Weir

When I received “Artemis” as an Advanced Reader Copy through Netgalley, I jumped for joy. To say I am a fan of Weir’s first book “The Martian” is an understatement. After I finished it, I literally ran around my office cheering. And Artemis lives up to the standard “The Martian” set, in my opinion.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters and the hard science that I loved in his first novel, Weir paints a picture of a city on the Moon that is thriving, peaceful, yet has a seedy underbelly. Picture Ocean’s 11 in space.  That’s right.  It’s a heist on the moon!!!!!  Jazz is a strong female protagonist with a flare for the dramatic, a loose moral code and a lot of funny one-liners and sarcastic remarks. Her interactions with characters like Rudy, Bob, and even her own father builds her into a multi-dimensional woman who wants to do right, but someone who tends to get caught up with the wrong people and bets on the wrong horse. This was such a fun ride and sure to be a huge hit when this book comes out in the fall.

Waking Gods By Sylvain Neuvel

I was eagerly anticipating this sequel to Sleeping Giants and was so happy to get a ARC of this thanks to NetGalley. Written with the same style of interviews as the first book, Waking Gods reunites us with familiar characters, Rose, Kara, and Vincent as they continue to work with and understand Themis, ten years in the future. But when another alien robot suddenly appears in downtown London, the game changes from research to war. This series is sci-fi blended perfectly with a thriller attitude. Full of new subplots, secret government organizations with mysterious men, and some of the best twists in the series so far, Waking Gods is definitely making me go crazy for the next installment in this exciting series.

Infinity by Jus Accardo

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A strong start to a new series from Jus Accardo. Kori, a strong female character who is simply wading the treacherous waters of just being a teenage girl and losing her mother, finds herself thrust into a secret government organization, inter-dimensional travel, and extremely complex love interests. Dylan is a deliciously evil character, baiting Cade and Noah into his evil plans for revenge against them. Kori holds her own and proves that girls can often save themselves and be tough as hell!

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

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This book was a roller coaster ride of emotions.  Dealing with the very timely concept of what is communication and when can it get to be too much and too overwhelming.  I love near future science fiction such as this because you can completely see this situation becoming a reality.  Will we get to the point that in order to continue, we have to be in constant communication with each other, not trusting our own instincts on love and emotion, but needing actual data to back these feelings up?  Fun, page turning, and just the right amount of romance building to a very satisfying conclusion!

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

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I was not prepared for how incredibly emotional this book was going to be. Dealing with complex issues like family, the sins of the past, love and heartbreak, mental health and revolution, all within the backdrop of the first Czech astronaut going to space to explore a mysterious cloud of dust. Questions about the creation of the universe as well as how we ourselves are created runs deep through the narrative of this book. An excellent look at how our pasts can shape our futures so dramatically in both good and bad ways. Plus it has a giant alien spider. How can you resist?

Boarding the Enterprise edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer

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This newly updated collection of Star Trek essays is sure to please the die hard fans of the original series.  Filled with essays by show insiders and writers, sci fi authors, and academics who have found inspiration in the franchise, this book explores the deeper and more philosophical meaning of a modern classic that has now lasted 50 years.  From reflections of the Vietnam War to religious connotations to man’s true nature in the universe, this book tackles the larger message of what it means to “go where no man has gone before.”

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

downloadI have been eagerly anticipating this book and finally started it a few days ago.  Comparisons to “The Martian” and “World War Z” definitely made me sit up and take notice.  However, this book is very different from those bestsellers and for very good and refreshing reasons.

Rose Franklin falls through a hole in the woods at a young age and finds herself resting in a giant metal hand in what appears to be an alien chamber.  As an adult and now a physicist, Dr. Rose Franklin now finds herself heading the project to understand the meaning and origin of the hand, as well as trying to find the other pieces of this titanic robot.  Told through a series of interviews with an unknown and highly mysterious narrator, we follow the project as Rose and her eclectic team seek out the pieces all around the world and try to determine what it is they are dealing with and how it can either help or destroy humanity as we know it.  This is the first in what the author says will be a three book series, and I for one cannot wait for the next book in this planned trilogy!