Feb. 7th, 2017

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The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Interesting post-apocalyptic murder mystery-slash-political drama, vaguely steampunky. Recommended.

Hoka by Anderson and Dickson

On its face, cute retellings of stories and history using sentient alien teddy bears as main characters. On a moment's reflection, it's about the destruction of local culture by colonists, and even uses the phrase "Earthman's burden", while trying to make it look cute. And the very first female character is introduced breast-first, which counts for at least two strikes with me, by itself. Yech.

It's Superman by Tom De Haven

Aggressively Depression-era retelling of Superman's origin. Different enough from the thousand other retellings to be interesting, and entertaining in its own right. Recommended.

The End Of All Things by John Scalzi

A climax, and probably conclusion, to the Old Man's War universe, with humanity tracking down plots and perfidy in an attempt to survive. Nth in a series, recommended.
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Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 11 (1949)

It's been long enough since I read this anthology that I don't specifically remember any of the stories.

Science Fiction Adventures In Dimension, edited by Groff Conklin


Deep Space by Eric Frank Russell

Ditto, tho' this is a collection. (Abridged from the original collection.)

The Falling Torch by Algis Budrys

Nominally about freeing an occupied Earth, actually about Budrys' father and occupied Lithuania. Contains a lot of political philosophy, some minor action, and a complete unwillingness to deal with the multi-year journey from Alpha Centauri to Earth. (The story is explicit about it taking years, but skips over it like it was a week or so.)

Get Off The Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey

A re-read. Some good stories, some whose sexual politics have slid into "completely creepy" over the decades.
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Dehliah Dirk And The King's Shilling
All-New Captain America: Hydra Ascendant by Remender, Immonen
Swords Of Sorrow by Gail Simone and many more
Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, edited by Sfé R. Monster
The Sleeper And The Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic
How To Draw Fantasy Art & RPG Maps by Jared Blando
Savage Worlds by Shane Lacy Hensley
Spacewreck: Ghostships And Derelicts Of Space by Stewart Cowley
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (3 books)
Dragon's Winter and Dragon's Treasure by Elizabeth A. Lynn (2 books)
A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by L'Engle, Larson
The Emerald Key by Daigle and Sternberg
The Kobold Guide To Worldbuilding, edited by Janna Silverstein
Memories Of The Future by Wil Wheaton
A Million Little Bricks by Sarah Herman
The Burning City by Niven & Pournelle
Detour To Otherness by Kuttner & Moore
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Existence by David Brin
Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes
Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb (3 books)
Bitch Planet by Deconnic & De Landro
Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson
The Compleat Enchanter by deCamp and Pratt
Under The Green Star by Lin Carter
The Gates Of Creation by Philip José Farmer
The Goblin Tower by L. Sprague deCamp
The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
Rise Of The Robotariat: Tales From The Front Lines by Jule Pattison-Gordon
The Art Of Language Invention by David J. Peterson
The Victorian Bookshelf: An Introduction To 61 Essential Novels by Jess Nevins
Off The Main Sequence by Robert A. Heinlein
The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross
Star Wars: Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber
The Watcher In The Shadows by Chris Moriarty
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Tales From Super-Science Fiction, edited by Robert Silverberg
Legend Of The Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka
Ombria In Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
The Ballad Of Black Tom byVictor LaValle
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Jewels Of Paradise by Donna Leon
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, v2 by William H. Patterson, Jr.
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Hellboy In Hell by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
The Burning Realm by Michael Reaves
Unbound by Jim C. Hines
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
The Buried Life by Carrie Patel
Hoka by Anderson and Dickson
It's Superman by Tom De Haven
The End Of All Things by John Scalzi
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 11 (1949)
Science Fiction Adventures In Dimension, edited by Groff Conklin
Deep Space by Eric Frank Russell
The Falling Torch by Algis Budrys
Get Off The Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey

The raw count is 68. Rounding down a bit for comics and books unfinished, that's comparable with last year. (I'd forgotten how fast I tore through six Robin Hobb books. Better order the next trilogy or two...)


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