science fiction

Holy crap. I’m reading slush for Lightspeed Magazine!

OK, I need to get something out of my system right now: Ohmygod ohmygod I’m slush reading for Lightspeed this is so awesome everything is awesome someone please pinch me holy crap! Alright, now let me back up: A few…

Book Review: Machine of Death

Title: Machine of Death Editors: Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki ! Rating: 4 out of 5 Publisher: Bearstache Books Format: eBook A few months ago, I read submissions for Apex Publications’ upcoming Glitter & Mayhem anthology. Reading the…

Book Review: The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells by Ben Bova

Title: The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells Author: Ben Bova Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print I’m going to out myself right now by revealing my lack of true geek cred: before I…

Ad Astra Was Awesome

What, you want me to go into more detail? Sure. How about this: Ad Astra 2013 was the second con I ever attended (after starting out with World Fantasy last year), and it was just as good (even better!) than…

Ad Astra, Hell Yeah!

Tomorrow is the start of Ad Astra, and I can’t wait. I originally thought about attending last year when the lovely Beverly Bambury encouraged me to do so, but I didn’t go since I felt it was going to be…

Book Review: The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

Title: The Empress of Mars Author: Kage Baker Publisher: Tor Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Life on Mars is hard. Although the British Arean Company promised wealth, growth, and a new life to all Martian settlers, once it…

Book Review: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

Title: The Alchemy of Stone Author: Ekaterina Sedia Publisher: Prime Books Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: Print For someone who claims to enjoy science fiction, I have read surprisingly few full-length sci-fi books this year. First there was the…

The Hugo Nominee Ballot, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Hugo nominees in various categories of fiction. Last time I discussed the short story, novelette, and John W. Campbell shortlists. Today, I’ll discuss the novella and novel shortlists. Best Novella…

Book Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Title: Among Others Author: Jo Walton Publisher: Tor Books Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook Note: Nominated for this year’s Hugo award for Best Novel Most of us feel miserable as teenagers, but we often don’t understand the depth…

My first sci-fi disappointment

I’ve loved sci-fi since I was a little kid. My dad bought the original “Star Wars” trilogy on VHS when I was 11, and I was hooked. He liked “Star Wars “and he liked “Men in Black”, and he’s the…