Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Published: Solaris (Feb 10, 2015) Original Post: Edge, Goodreads, Medium (Nov 23, 2016)     “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” – TS Eliot “Why can’t music be magic? Aren’t spells just words you repeat? And what are songs? Lyrics that play over and over again. The words are like a formula.” – Signal to Noise   Signal to Noise explores music and magic in a story that bridges two decades. Through the turbulence of youth to the uncertainties of adulthood, the novel blends modern Read More …

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #2)

The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin (tr. Joel Martinsen) Published: Tor Books (Aug 11, 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Nov 15, 2016) [Spoilers! Review of the first novel: The Three-Body Problem]     “Everything has an ending. The sun and the universe will die one day, so why should humanity believe that it ought to be immortal?”   Remembrance of Earth’s Past is a hard sci-fi trilogy by Liu Cixin (tr. Joel Martinsen) that focuses on Earth’s impending doom from an envious alien race. The Dark Forest is the second novel in the trilogy and continues the saga of the Earth-Trisolaris Conflict. Read More …

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow (11/08/2016)

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow by Jason Heller & Joshua Viola Published: Hex Publishers (Nov 8, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 31, 2016)     Speculative fiction has come a long way since the long nights spent at the Chatsubo. The torrents of neon reflected rain drops, once painting the megaplex streets like technicolor oil paint, have ceased. Noir is nostalgia. Adapting to the times, the punk of tomorrow has become a dark reflection of our present. Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow embraces this and emphasizes the need for the genre to be malleable, technically, socially, and environmentally in-tune Read More …