“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

New Acquisitons: Holiday Edition

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about books I’ve purchased or received for review.  All descriptions are from Goodreads. Here is a snippet of a post-holiday conversation you would have heard if you were a fly on the wall in my apartment: Mike: So what did you get for Christmas? Me:  I got theRead 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 2015 Science Fiction Experience & Vintage Sci-fi Month

“I write about people who do extraordinary things.  It just turned out that it was called science fiction.” -Octavia Butler Science fiction is one of my favorite book genres because it stretches the frontiers of the imagination while being grounded in and influenced by the problems of our own society.  I didn’t read much scienceRead more

The 2014 Science Fiction Experience

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Science Fiction Experience, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The Science Fiction experience is an informal type of reading challenge that focuses on enjoying science fiction in all its forms.  It begins today and lasts until the end of January.  January is also Vintage Sci-fi Month, hostedRead more

“The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham

The Day of the Triffids, originally published in 1951, is a science fiction classic about an apocalyptic world caused by carnivorous plants.  The story opens as the narrator, Bill Masen, wakes up in his hospital bed.  Most of humanity was outside the previous night and saw green meteors flashing across the sky.  The next morning,Read more

“iD” by Madeline Ashby

The first book in Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty series, vN, was one of my favorite books that I’ve read all year.  The plot of vN features the story of Amy, a self-replicating robot whose failsafe fails.  This means that she is in the relatively unique position of being a robot capable of harming humans. TheRead more

Mini Review: “Downside Girls” by Jaine Fenn

Last fall and winter, I took a long hiatus from blogging.  Balancing a new job, grad school, and my blog was just too much, and I returned to a more normal blogging routine this spring.  During my hiatus, I read a lot of books that I didn’t get a chance to fully review.  As such,Read more

“Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction” edited by Cecilia Tan & Bethany Zaiatz

I don’t normally read a lot of erotica, but this title caught my eye while I was at BEA.  I’m not the type of person who is turned off by adult content in stories, but I do expect there to be some measure of a story and not just sex, otherwise I get bored ratherRead more

“Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler

I received a review copy of Octavia Butler’s “Wild Seed” from the publishers via Netgalley.  The book was originally written in 1980, and is being re-released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media. Before I get into my review in which I gush about how awesome Octavia Butler is, I’d like to share thisRead more