The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1)

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu Published: Simon & Schuster (Apr 7, 2015) Original Post: Edge, Goodreads (Mar 10, 2017)     The struggle between kings and their governed takes center stage in Ken Liu’s fantasy epic, The Grace of Kings. The novel features a tense political atmosphere with ever-shifting notions of right and wrong. Unlike other fantasy novels, Grace is inspired by the Far East instead of medieval Europe. In addition to a unique setting, Grace is an epic tale with diverse characters. The Islands of Dara were once six fractured-but-equal kingdoms known as 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 …

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 …

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening (Issues #1-6) (Graphic Novel)

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. – Monstress synopsis, Image Comics This article combines reviews of the 6-part single issue release of the ARC Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening graphic novel. If you prefer to read each review at a time, you Read More …