Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Sept 20, 2016) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 25, 2016) [Series Spoilers! See: The Three-Body Problem (Book #1) & The Dark Forest (Book #2)]     “Better leave the rest unsaid, Beauty, darkness, vehemence Let the old sea-nurses keep Their memorials of sleep And the Greek sea’s curly head Keep its calms like tears unshed Keep its calms like tears unshed.” – L.G. Durrell Death’s End is the final novel in Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. It continues the epic story set in motion by The Three-Body Problem and Read More …

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) (1/30/17)

Resistance (Divided Elements #1) by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Published: KYRIJA (Jan 30, 2017) Posted: Dec 9, 2016     In the post apocalyptic wastelands of France, one nation-state remains vigilant against a dying world. Within the walled city of Otpor, life has no uncertainties. Humans are created through artificial means. The process both eliminates disease and grants mankind with great skill and unparalleled ability. The Commonwealth of Otpor is a Utopia ruled by the consent of the people. The only true crime warranting capital punishment? Freedom. Chaotic and unpredictable, all forms of resistance is abhorred. While jobs are chosen by people, 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 …

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation (11/01/2016)

Invisible Planets by Ken Liu Published: Tor Books (Nov 1, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 24, 2016)     Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation is a collection of Chinese speculative short fiction edited and translated by Ken Liu. A master of storytelling in his own right, Liu shares 13 stellar visions of the future by 7 of China’s top science fiction writers. It also features 3 essays that examine the role of sci-fi in modern China. This collection includes stories from Chen Quifan, Xia Jia, Ma Boyong, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Cheng Jingbo, and Liu Cixin. Read More …

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Nov 11, 2014) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 9, 2016)     The Three-Body Problem is the first novel in a trilogy of hard sci-fi novels titled Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Lu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu). Tor’s recent release of the trilogy’s third novel, Death’s End, sparked my interest to read this series from the beginning. Simply put: this is the best Hard SF extraterrestrial story I’ve ever read. “In China, any idea that dared to take flight would only crash back to the ground. The gravity of reality Read More …

Bridging Infinity (Infinity Project #5) (11/08/2016)

Bridging Infinity by Jonathan Strahan Published: Solaris (Rebellion) (Nov 8, 2016) Posted: Sep 15, 2016     Bridging Infinity is the latest science fiction anthology from the Infinity Project by Johnathan Strahan. His well-written introduction poses a question that forms the basis for the anthology’s tight scope. In an age of understanding, with advanced scientific tools, can engineering concepts found in sci-fi help us solve the problems we face today? This anthology provides readers with 16 speculative short stories by some of the greatest authors in the field. The topics in these stories run the gamut of sci-fi’s most beloved Read More …

The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur #1)

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi Published: Gollancz (Sep 1, 2010) Posted: Goodreads (Nov 14, 2014) Edited: Sep 10, 2016     [Edited 9/10/2016 — This is a review of one of the greatest post-singularity science fiction novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The novel contains plenty of action and high-tech speculation. A large part of this review was written back in 2014, prior to me claiming the all powerful mantle of “Reviewer.” Tread carefully. There are probably a ton of grammatical mistakes. Although it contains some spoilers, they are no more numerous than those found in the famous Read More …

Zero History (Blue Ant #3)

Zero History by William Gibson Published: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Sep 7, 2010) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 26, 2016) [Start here: Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1) & Spook Country (Blue Ant #2)]   “Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” – William Gibson “When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.” – Hubertus Bigend   Zero History is the epic conclusion to William Gibson’s Blue Ant trilogy. In the novel, the author distills a lot of what made Pattern Recognition great and expands upon it successfully. Gibson gives us an original and well written Read More …

Spook Country (Blue Ant #2)

Spook Country by William Gibson Published: Putnam Adult (Aug 7, 2007) Posted: Goodreads (Aug 15, 2016) [Review of Pattern Recognition]     “We have no future… For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly … our present is too volatile.” – Pattern Recognition “Secrets… are the very root of cool.” – Hubertus Bigend, Spook Country Summary Spook Country is the second novel in William Gibson’s Blue Ant trilogy. While it’s unlike the first novel in many ways, Spook Country is an interesting work of speculative fiction that manages to blend high technology, espionage, mystery, and Read More …

The Peripheral

The Peripheral by William Gibson Published: Oct 28, 2014 Posted: Goodreads (Jan 15, 2015)     The Peripheral is a novel that combines a lot of elements of other works of science fiction and manages to create something new and interesting. The tone is Gibson at his finest, complete with a dystopian glimpse of the future and terrific characters. The novel’s world is described in split timelines: one is a world inhabited by former special ops, ex-Marine, Burton Fisher and his sister, Flynne Fisher. Burton Fisher – a former high-tech recon Special Forces soldier – suffers from haptic feedback issues, Read More …

Seveneves

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson Published: William Morrow & Company (May 19, 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 3, 2016)     Seveneves is split in two parts. One tells the story of the world ending and humanity’s last efforts to preserve the human race. The second is epic story of returning to one’s home thousands of years later. While I’m a huge fan of Neal Stephenson (Anathem, Reamde, Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, to name a few), Seveneves wasn’t easy for me to get through. The first half of the novel was terrific and I enjoyed the characters and their story. I Read More …

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1)

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Published: Berkley Publishing (Feb 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 14, 2014)   “The medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan “We have no future because our present is too volatile… We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – Hubertus Bigend, Pattern Recognition * Pattern Recognition is the story of an eccentric trend spotter, Cayce Pollard, and her mission to find the latest viral videos clips attracting a cult-like appeal. William Gibson masterfully blends concise and powerful storytelling with present-day reality in a strangely compelling tale that’ll hook you within Read More …

Anathem

Anathem by Neal Stephenson Published: William Morrow & Company (Sept 15, 2008) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 15, 2014)   Anathem is a work of speculative fiction set on a world not too dissimilar from our own. The planet – Arbre – is essentially divided between two types of people: Saecular and Avout. The Saecular are comprised of the world’s governments and every-day citizens while the Avout live a life of solitude in physically isolated places called Maths. Avout life is typically broken up by level of devotion to science, math, debate and rational thought. Religion is not worthy of debate: all Read More …