“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

  I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey ever since I first discovered her Crystal Singer trilogy when I was in high school.  I’ve long admired McCaffrey’s ability to bring to life strong and competent heroines who are independent and a little bit Type A.  Acorna is no exception. The novel begins when an alien couple’s ship is attacked.Read more

“Dying Inside” by Robert Silverberg

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I began reading Robert Silverberg’s Dying Inside for Vintage Sci-Fi Month.  Clearly since it’s midway through February I’m running a bit behind, but such is life. Dying Inside is the story of a telepath named David Selig.  The story is set in our own world in the late 60s/early 70s, contemporary to when the novelRead more

“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is not your average zombie story.  It starts out from the perspective of Melanie, a little girl who is being raised in an institution.  She spends most of her life strapped down and restrained, and doesn’t realize how unusual this is because all the kids sheRead more

“Awakening” by Karen Sandler

Kayla is a GEN, short for Genetically Engineered Nonhuman.  The GENs were engineered by the higher classes to do manual labor and are basically cyborg slaves.  Kayla has been given the opportunity for a treatment that would dissolve her circuitry and let her pass as a member of a lower caste, but she’s turned itRead more

“Redshirts” by John Scalzi

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You know how in Star Trek and other stereotypical sci-fi shows there always seem to be characters who exist only to die in horrific ways in order to create drama and a sense of danger?  In Redshirts by John Scalzi, a group of newly arrived crewmembers on the Intrepid quickly find that everyone’s really weird aboutRead more

“The Jewel” by Amy Ewing

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The Jewel is a young adult novel set in a world where the privileged social class has become so inbred that they can no longer have their own children.  However, some poor children are born with a genetic mutation that gives them the power to influence an object’s characteristics, including color and growth.  These girlsRead more

“Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation, the first book in Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, is a horror/survival story in which mankind explores the site of a world-changing catastrophe. The premise reminds me a bit of Roadside Picnic in that there’s this zone where something seriously weird happened, and it changes the people who interact with it in mysterious ways. Read more