Category Archives: Sci-Fi

A Diamond Age Lexicon

I recently reread The Diamond Age (here is a link to a post on my previous reading). First: I really really like that novel. Second: I was struck by the particular delight in words that Stephenson takes here.  He always … Continue reading

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Cyteen

So, it’s about a teenage cyborg, right?…   Unbelievably, this is not the case.  Instead, Cyteen (by CJ Cherryh) is about a few individuals at the heart of a community of exceptional scientists (located on the eponymous planet). Foremost amongst these … Continue reading

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Shards of Honour

…or, if you like, Shards of Honor, is the first novel published in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.  I’d come across her name several times on the Science Fiction Mistressworks blog, and seen that she’s won a Hugo … Continue reading

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The Windup Girl

Every now and again, it’s my turn to suggest something for my book group (which tends to alternate between fantasy and sci-fi reads). How do I choose? Simple — I just look at Hugo and Nebula award winners (well, I … Continue reading

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City of Sorcery

This is one of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels. I read MZB’s Avalon books when I was in my early teens and remember enjoying them. What, I wondered, would I make of her sci-fi? A preliminary note from the author … Continue reading

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The Dispossessed – a re-reading

I’ve just re-read LeGuin’s masterpiece (See my first review here).  If anything, I loved it even more this time than last.  It is a true treasure and speaks to me as few things have. A couple of things that I … Continue reading

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Great North Road

I was sure I’d read *something* by Peter F. Hamilton previously, but a quick perusal hasn’t led to much elucidation as to which book it might have been.  Regardless, I’m pretty sure it was in an epic space opera mode … Continue reading

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