The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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{4.5/5} “Plus, I’ve never really liked babies. I like Maya, but… Conversation with her lacks to say the least. We talk about Elmo, and I can’t stand him, by the way, but other than that, it’s mainly about her. She’s totally self-centred.” The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, published in 2014 […]

Star Trek: The Face of the Unknown

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{4.5/5} “Yet the quiet certainty of the marriage bond was always there for you, so solid that you didn’t need to think of it. Now, though, it is gone… both the mental connection itself and your image of who T’Pring would turn out to be. And so you are alone, adrift.” — Nisu, to Spock […]

The Affinities

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{4.5/5} “We’re the most cooperative species on the planet — is there anything you own that you built entirely with your own hands, from materials you extracted from nature all by yourself? And without that network of cooperation we’re as vulnerable as three-legged antelopes in lion territory.” The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson, published in […]

Leonard

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{4.5/5} “We shared an extraordinary experience that very few people have ever known. We were carried and buffeted by the same winds, and there truly was no one else who could understand what that meant. But beyond all that, beyond the success and the recognition and the applause, I really liked being with the guy.” […]

Best fantasy novels by year

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Here’s an updated list, including books I read in the last 2 years.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2014 Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August     2013 Julie E. Czerneda A Turn of Light     2012 Will McIntosh Hitchers Joanne Bertin Bard’s Oath 2011 Erin Morgenstern […]

Best science fiction novels by year

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Here’s an updated version of this list, including novels I read in the last 2 years.   Winner Runner Ups Year Author Title Author Title 2015 John Scalzi The End of All Things Thunderbird Jack McDevitt       Will McIntosh Defenders 2014 Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven Stephen Baxter Ultima       […]

Best tie-in novels by year

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Here’s an updated list, including novels I read in the last 2 years. Legend: B5 Babylon 5 BSG Battlestar Galactica DS9 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ST Star Trek crossover TITAN Star Trek: Titan TNG Star Trek: The Next Generation TOS Star Trek: The Original Series VOY Star Trek: Voyager     Winner Runner Ups […]

Author discovery of the year

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I discovered several terrific authors in 2016. The one that wins the prize is Ken Liu, for The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. Runner ups are Claire North for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Erin Morgenstern for The Night Circus, and Hal Clement for Mission of Gravity. The next runner ups are Emily St. John […]

Star Trek: Prey — The Hall of Heroes

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{4.5/5} “The chavmajta was the Klingon equivalent of a call for a no-confidence vote: he and Martok had to put on a defense. An audience of high council members would listen to the litany of valorous acts and judge the partnership worthy, if Riker and Martok did their jobs right. But Lord Korgh, who had […]

Star Trek: Prey — The Jackal’s Trick

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{4.5/5} “Discommendation had taken their heritage away, stolen it from generations of Klingons on Thane whose only crime had been being born to the wrong parents. They owed the Empire and its morals nothing — and their savior, all.” Star Trek: Prey — The Jackal’s Trick by John Jackson Miller, published in 2016 The Unsung […]