Hey, Remember the 80s – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011) by Ernest Cline

When James Halliday, the 1980s obsessed creator of the OASIS virtual system, dies revelations from his video will kick off a puzzle laden quest for a hidden Easter egg within the system that will reward the finder with control of his company and the OASIS.  High School Student Wade Watts (Avatar Name Parzival) and his […]


Genre: Pop Culture, Science Fiction

Youth in Revolt: Beowulf’s Children (The Dragons of Heorot) – 1995 and Wild in The Streets – 1968

The Dragons of Heorot

Beowulf’s Children (The Dragons of Heorot) –  Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes – 1995   I decided to read this novel because I found a mention of it in an unrelated book as one of the best novels about first contact and colonization of another planet.  However the reference actually was for the […]


Genre: 1960s Films, Alien Contact, Satire, Science Fiction

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

Book Two of the Southern Reach Trilogy Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals 340 pages $15.00 Authority begins with John Rodriguez, or Control as he names himself, taking over a directorship at the Southern Reach–the shadowy quasi-military organization nominally “in charge” of Area X. While it is perhaps a little too easy to see where this […]


Genre: Adventure, Alien Contact, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Weird fiction
Series: Southern Reach Trilogy |

An Etiquette Guide for the End Times by Maia Sepp

Toronto, 2028. Climate change has started to devastate the world as we know it. Summer temperatures are higher, the food supply is disrupted, and government infrastructure is breaking down. While the elite can still enjoy a lifestyle that we would recognize as normal, the vast majority of people are living with food shortages, power cuts, […]


Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

In 2049 the human race is on the brink of extinction. The fertility rate has plummeted and one of the ways that humanity has held off chaos is by creating perfect android children that are used as substitutes to raising real children. They are raised and loved but at age eighteen they are returned to […]


Genre: Science Fiction

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith

Amber Bierce and her sister are on a colony ship of 50,000 people when it veers off course and crash lands on a strange planet. Meoraq is a warrior-priest, one of the lizardlike inhabitants of the planet,  on pilgrimage to a holy shrine. When he runs across the few survivors he sees it as his […]


Genre: Erotica, Romance, Science Fiction

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is on a mission to Mars, but something has gone horribly wrong. A few days into the expedition, the crew has to evacuate the planet, but Mark is injured,  assumed dead and left behind. Now he’s alone on Mars with only enough resources for a few weeks and no way to communicate with […]


Genre: Science Fiction

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

  Book 1 of the Southern Reach Trilogy FSG 200 pages. The idea of différance posits that the differences between language and phenomena are not fixed and binary, but rather mutable, shifting, and entangled…an idea that insists upon the principle of difficulty and provision. While this idea resides most often in post-structuralist philosophy and linguistics, it does […]


Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Weird fiction
Series: Southern Reach Trilogy |

Existence by David Brin

Cover for Existence

David Brin attempts to tackle the question, “What would humanity do when they encounter a message from an extraterrestrial intelligence?” A former astronaut that is reduced to nudging space junk into reentering Earth’s atmosphere discovers a message capsule sent from the depths of space. This is the Singularity moment that triggers all mankind to reexamine […]


Genre: Alien Contact, Hard Science Fiction, Near Future, Science Fiction