This is not necessarily optimistic science fiction in the sense that they present views of rosy utopian futures where everyone is safe and happy. Indeed, there were a couple of far more utopian novels that I crossed of my working list for various reasons. Nope, this list is about something …
I am entertained by the mix in the stack. The top two in the stack are the partial result of my last trip to my favorite bookstore in the world, The Book Gallery. I am sure that 80-90% of the Lem in my book collection has come from that store.
The bottom two were birthday gifts from my friend, Genny. I got to pick out The Refrigerator Monologues, which was a terrific workaround of my pledge to not buy any books from the big five publishers this year, and I’d started reading her copy of The Wee Free Men at work, back when we used to work together. Now that we don’t, she took the responsibility of making sure I had my own copy.
Which shall I read first?
So, like I mentioned in my previous post, I did a fair bit of searching around looking for hard science fiction books that focused on biology, and it was a bit of a slog. But I’ve come up with a short list to add to my (and your?) to-read list: …
Speculative fiction featuring bad-ass women
I was gathering together my stack today, and as I was looking for a fourth book, I realized the first three had a theme of bad-ass women, and decided to stop there. I have been longing to tear into the second installment of Bitch Planet since it dropped, but I am in the middle of seven or eight books at the moment, so I am making myself wait until I finish at least one of them. Then I ran into Q-in-Law on the shelves of my local bookstore, and as I’d just read a very entertaining article on why this book is amazing, I had to snatch it up. Finally, Sisters of the Revolution has been on my shelves for ages. I know anthologies are where you find Your New Favorite Author!, but I don’t really enjoy reading them. We’ll unpack all those issues in some later post.
What’s on your to-read shelf this week?
Forgive me for the long Victorian-style title. I’m reading On the Origin of Species (finally) right now. One of the endlessly ongoing debates in science fiction is this: What, exactly, is hard science fiction? I have always taken it for granted that hard science fiction is just sci fi that …
I know the Orphan Black book is non-fiction, but it’s about speculative fiction, so it totally counts, right?
Okay, I couldn’t go with my usual stack of books photo this time because it felt like an actual tragedy to not share the covers with you. For instance, the cover is 90% of the reason why I bought The Last Machine in the Solar System, even though I really …
Have you heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? It happens twice a year, and I try to participate in at least one of them with my son. The last was this past Saturday, and it put a small (really negligible) dent in my to-read list. But it prompted a lot …
Some of these have been on my to-read shelf WAY too long.
No library books this week? Well, no speculative fiction library books this week. I’m working on my to-read stack for this weekend’s Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, and needed some more genre variety. This stack reaches way back into my to-read shelves. Three of these have been hanging out there in limbo for at least a year. The PKD book, however, I just recently picked up at Michigan News in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A fantastic bookstore with a great science fiction section. (I wasn’t able to wander over to the fantasy section, or indeed, any other section before I had already exceeded my book budget for the day.)
What new bookstores have you discovered lately?