Lockstep

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{4.5/5} “But what if you could click a pause button when you leave — a pause button for your whole world? And when you get back from your round-trip, you unpause it and it’s like you were never away? That’s the main reason why our whole world winters over. All the Lockstep worlds pause and […]

Reamde

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{4.5/5} “Large swaths of the global economy were, it now seemed, being remapped onto their T’Rain equivalents so that they could be transacted in a Medieval Armed Combat setting. Demonstrable improvements in productivity were being trumpeted every day on the relevant section of Corporation 9592’s website (by a medieval herald, naturally, and with an actual […]

Supreme Power

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{4.5/5} “With all the things I can do, all the ways things can go wrong, I think it would be a really good idea if I learned to relate to other people. What do you think?” Supreme Power (3 volumes) by J. Michael Stracynski & others, published in 2004-05 A baby from another planet lands […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2017 David Mack DISCO: Desperate Hours Christopher L. Bennett TOS: The Face of the Unknown       Christopher L. Bennett ST: Department of Temporal Investigations — Shield of the Gods       David R. George III DS9: The Long […]

Best science fiction novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2016 Robert Charles Wilson Last Year Robert J. Sawyer Quantum Night 2015 Adrian Tchaikovsky Children of Time Jack McDevitt Thunderbird       Will McIntosh Defenders       Kim Stanley Robinson Aurora       John Scalzi The End […]

Best fantasy novels by year

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Here’s an update to this list.   Winner   Runner Ups   Year Author Title Author Title 2017 James Alan Gardner All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault     2016 Claire North The Sudden Appearance of Hope     2015 Claire North Touch     2014 Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry […]

Tie-in books

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Here’s an update to this list. Novels Best of the best B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #1 — Casting Shadows — Jeanne Cavelos B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #2 — Summoning Light — Jeanne Cavelos B5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages #3 — Invoking Darkness — Jeanne Cavelos TOS: Sarek — A. C. […]

Author discovery of the year

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As usual this year I read some authors I was familiar with and some new to me. Of the ones that were new to me, the author who wowed me the most is Adrian Tchaikovsky for Children of Time. Runner ups are Mary Doria Russell for The Sparrow, Marie Brennan for A Natural History of […]

Nonfiction books

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Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams Reflections of Eden – Biruté M.F. Galdikas Blink – Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw – […]

Fiction books

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Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown Shogun – James Clavell Tai-pan – James Clavell Gai-jin – James Clavell Noble House – James Clavell Whirlwind – James Clavell Generation X – Douglas Coupland Aztec – Gary Jennings Too Many Blackbirds […]