Ancillary Justice

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “I  had no reason to think badly of her. On the contrary, her manners were those of an educated, well-bred person of good family. Not toward me, of course — I wasn’t a person, I was a piece of equipment, a part of the ship. But I had never particularly cared for her.” Ancillary […]

Star Trek: Ishmael

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{5/5} “Aaron had accepted him as an alien, a stranger trying to blend into his surroundings, to the point where he found himself forgetting that Ish was not of this world. But there were times when Ishmael would not and did not blend, and his calmly critical observations had a way of making Aaron wonder […]

Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity

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{4.5/5} “Satrav did not misunderstand Sulu and Chekov; he refused to listen to them, or to accept their input as valid. This incident, as well as others, illustrate the Domain’s propensity for unilateral action, and an unwillingness to engage in the type of cooperative effort we had agreed to.” Star Trek: The Shocks of Adversity […]

Star Trek: Time for Yesterday

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{4.5/5} “He was linked with an awareness that made all of Vejur’s knowledge and logic seem infantile. And yet that awareness, while it was fundamentally artificial in nature, was not passionless. The Guardian loved, it hungered, it was lonely — all on a level that made Spock feel that, by comparison, he had always been […]

Star Trek: Yesterday’s Son

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{4.5/5} “Kirk leaned forward, gripped the Vulcan’s shoulder, and shook it. ‘I don’t know what the problem is, but I know why you won’t tell me. You’re concerned that if I find out how dangerous this project is, I’ll insist on going with you. You’re right. I am.’” Star Trek: Yesterday’s Son by A. C. […]

Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden

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{4.5/5} “But before he could press his questioning, he saw something in Spock’s eye… just what, he couldn’t define. But they had served together for almost thirty years. Spock was sending him some kind of message, some kind of — The realization of what was happening in this room suddenly burst through Chekov like a […]

Star Trek: Federation

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{4.5/5} “More than any being now living, Sarek had shaped the Federation, guiding it in its transition. Under his direction, it had evolved over the past century from an expansionist cobbling-together of idealistic, often unrealistic worlds eager to forge an unprecedented alliance without a clear idea of how that could be accomplished, to a mature […]

Star Trek: Final Frontier

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{4.5/5} “‘He has forgotten that the capacity in which we serve is not as much duty as privilege…  And even more tragically,’ Spock went on, ‘he has forgotten that the starships of the Federation are the physical, tangible manifestations of humanity’s stubborn insistence that life does indeed mean something.’” Star Trek: Final Frontier by Diane […]

Star Trek: Strangers From the Sky

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{4.5/5} “Spock sat while Kirk paced, listened as Kirk talked, provided as always the balance for everything Kirk was — shadow to his sunlight, coolness for his fire, calm against his agitation. Centered and impeccable, in contrast to Kirk, who was pale and tousled from the morning’s ordeal, Spock was simply there, focus for Kirk’s […]

Science fiction novels

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s a first draft of this list, including books I reviewed on my blog (ie. ones I’ve read in the last 7 years). Best of the best Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks Navigator by Stephen Baxter The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter Foundation’s Triumph by David Brin […]