“Restoree” by Anne McCaffrey

“The only warning of danger I had was a disgusting wave of dead sea-creature stench.” One day a young librarian named Sara is walking around Central Park, only to be abducted by aliens. A multitude of horrors occur, and Sara loses consciousness. When she starts coming to, she finds herself playing the role of aRead more

“The Word for World is Forest” by Ursula K. LeGuin

I’ve seen a lot of interest on Twitter in the past few weeks in Ursula LeGuin’s work. She’s one of my favorite authors for a reason–her science fiction novels provide a lens into our own world, and are deeply thoughtful. They come from an anthropological perspective, rather than straight-up adventure, and every time I readRead more

“Children of the Different” by S.C. Flynn

Children of the Different is a young adult post-apocalyptic novel set in a future Australia.  A disease has wiped out most of humanity, and the only people who survived were those who had something different about them mentally–i.e. psychic powers, brain damage, coma, etc.  The protagonists are a set of twins who were born after theRead more

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell

A coworker loaned me The Sparrow several months ago, and I’ve been slowly savoring it.  It’s a literary science fiction novel about first contact with an alien species, and everything that can go wrong.  In 2019, we discover a transmission of music from another planet, and the Jesuits put together an expedition to travel to and meetRead more

“Rebellion” by Karen Sandler

Rebellion is the third book in the Tankborn trilogy, a YA dystopian series featuring diverse protagonists, cyborgs, and (you guessed it!) a rebellion.  Minor spoilers from the previous two books, but I’ll try to keep them as minimal as possible. Kayla is a GEN, or genetically engineered human.  Devak is a highborn.  The two of themRead more

“Sabella, or The Bloodstone: A Science Fiction Vampire Novel” by Tanith Lee

Sabella is a science fiction vampire novel written by Tanith Lee.  Sabella is your stereotypical vampire: she drinks blood, is sensitive to sunlight, and is beautiful and seductive.  Much like Anne Rice’s vampires, Sabella struggles with regret because she is a predator by nature.  She doesn’t want to kill people, but finds it difficult to stopRead more