Throwback Thursday: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. ★★★ Scalzi’s books can be hit or miss for me, but at least I always find them to be fairly entertaining. On his 75th birthday, John Perry visits his wife’s grave. Then, he signs up to join the Colonial Defense Force, the military branch that protects all of human space from…

Review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. ★★★1/2 This YA dystopia is pretty different from the rest of its subgenre, in a good way. Frenchie is on the run. His parents and brother have already been taken, grabbed by government agents, shoved in a white van, and driven off to the schools. After years of ecological devastation, a…

Review of Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ While it doesn’t match the intensity of Nemesis Games, Babylon’s Ashes is another solid entry into the Expanse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Expanse, it’s a space opera where humanity has colonized Mars and the asteroid belt. Political intrigue, war, and some extraterrestrial discoveries make this a very exciting series. I’ve been…

Review of Robots vs. Fairies Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. ★★★★ After The Starlit Wood, I had high expectations for any anthology edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Thankfully, Robots vs. Fairies lived up to those expectations. In this anthology, authors are asked whether they’re Team Robot or Team Fairy. Each writes a story involving robots or fairies (or…

Review of Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. ★★★★ I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Borne. In fact, I think I liked it even more than Annihilation. Rachel is a twenty-six-year-old woman making her living as a scavenger in a nameless city. The city once played host to the Company, which created all sorts of biotech. Ultimately, the Company created…

Review of An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King. ★★★★ The Handmaid’s Tale is an apt comparison for An Excess Male, a dystopic sci-fi novel that extrapolates the results of China’s One Child Policy. An Excess Male centers around one family and Wei-guo, an “excess male” who hopes to join that family. In the future imagined by King, China has turned to polyandry…

Review of Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns.  ★★★1/2 Interested in a novel where lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI? Then Barbary Station is the book for you. Adda and Iridian decided that the best hope for their future lies in piracy. How else could they pay off their student debt? So they concoct a plan to get in with a…

Review of Addict by Matt Doyle

Addict by Matt Doyle. ★★★ Addict wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was a fairly decent read. Cassie Tam is a PI in New Hopeland, a city built to be a shining light of technological progress. A woman named Lori Redwood comes to Cassie, wanting to hire her to investigate the death of her brother, Eddie Redwood. The police…

Review of Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak. ★★★ Where the Stars Rise is a short story anthology that didn’t quite meet my high expectations. Where the Stars Rise collects twenty-three short stories from authors living in Asia or who are part of the Asian diaspora. I was already familiar…

Review of Provenance By Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie. ★★★1/2 Provenance is a new, stand alone novel set in the same world as the Imperial Radch trilogy, a stunning space opera story that begins with Ancillary Justice. However, you absolutely do not have need to have read the Imperial Radch trilogy. Provenance takes place on a new planet and has a new cast. Readers who found…

15 Free Sci-Fi Short Stories

As part of Sci-Fi Month, I decided to share some of my favorite science fiction short stories. These all come from my periodic round ups of free SFF short stories available for free online, so they’re all easy to access and read. The stories are organized alphabetically by author, not how much I like them….

Review of Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas

Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas. ★★★1/2 Like a Boss is the sequel to Adam Rakunas’s rousing sci-fi novel, Windswept. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book, but it was a good companion when I was sick in bed with a cold. Former Union organizer Padma Mehta has finally achieved her dream:…