Canon? Or Cannon?

One of the trending discussions that cropped up among the genre social media feeds during the past month revolved around the idea of canon. Specifically, the perceived loss of reverence for what the complaining folks considered the classics of science fiction literature. They complain that "these kids today" have no idea what great scifi is … Continue reading Canon? Or Cannon?

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project by Various Authors

My rating: 3 of 5 starsShe was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.Those three sentences have become a sort of battle cry for women who are standing up in the face of outdated and demeaning attitudes from some segments of society. In this collection of flash fiction, a number of the most … Continue reading Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project by Various Authors

Friday Review: All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 starsIn this first of four novellas, we are introduced to Murderbot (its own name for itself) a part-organic, part-android Security Unit. The unit managed to hack its own governor unit and become autonomous, although no one knows about that. It has a shady past involving the killing of 57 people … Continue reading Friday Review: All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells

Friday Review: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars This alternate history story starts when a meteorite strikes the ocean off the southern coast of the United States and immediately causes wide-scale destruction of much of the eastern part of the country, including Washington, DC. The aftereffects of the meteor will cause global climate change on a disastrous … Continue reading Friday Review: The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday Review: The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Audiobook)

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Vorkosigan books are another of the iconic series in science fiction that I somehow never got around to reading. I have been trying to discover some of those books and to catch up with them a little. When I looked at the Vorkosigan series, it was a bit daunting … Continue reading Friday Review: The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Audiobook)

Friday Review: The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the third and final book in Scalzi's Interdependency trilogy. The affiliated planets and habitats of the Interdependency are just that- interdependent on each other for trade, goods, and survival. Key to the continued existence of it all is the Flow, the lanes flowing through space that make … Continue reading Friday Review: The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi

Friday Review: Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. What a fascinating book. Fans of TV science fiction will know Straczynski as the creator and scriptwriter of Babylon 5 and Sense8, as well as the Ron Howard-Clint Eastwood movie, The Changeling. He has also worked in TV animation and comic books. Now, he is telling his own … Continue reading Friday Review: Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski

Friday Review: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Hundreds of people are being afflicted by a strange malady. One day, they simply leave whatever they are doing and begin walking. No one knows where they are going because they appear to be sleepwalking. They can't be waked, they don't speak, eat, or drink; they simply walk on … Continue reading Friday Review: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Half Price Sale On Now

I hope whatever you celebrated, if you celebrated, was fantastic!  Just a quick note to remind you that I have three books at half price on Smashwords from now until January 1. Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy: Just what it says, six short fantasy stories. Elves, mermaids, unfriendly frogs, wizards and more. … Continue reading Half Price Sale On Now

Friday Review: On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington 1) by David Weber

On Basilisk Station by David WeberMy rating: 3 of 5 starsHonor Harrington is an officer in the Royal Manticoran (Space) Navy. She has been assigned as captain of the Fearless, a light cruiser that has been outfitted with a newly designed grav lance weapon that is supposed to be able to penetrate a ship's shielding. … Continue reading Friday Review: On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington 1) by David Weber