Hard Science Fiction 12
Title: Death’s End Author: Cixin Liu Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: September 20, 2016 Hardcover: 604 Pages With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was […]
Ambitious. Confusing. Enthralling. Brilliant. These are the words I will use to describe Yoon Ha Lee’s utterly immersive, utterly memorable novel, Ninefox Gambit. Title: Ninefox Gambit Author: Yoon Ha Lee Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Solaris Books Publication Date: June 2016 Hardcover: 384 Pages The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit, centers on disgraced captain […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews “locked spaceship” sci fi novel Lightless by C.A. Higgins. What’s it about? Alternate states, thermodynamics, sociopathy, rebellion, and entropy. It’s fantastic, and probably on my list of favorite reads for 2015. Go here to get the full story.
A brilliant, realistic look at the future of space exploration and the fate that awaits humans among the stars, Aurora is the best book I’ve ever read from Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s also the best book I’ve read so far this year. Title: Aurora Written by Kim Stanley Robinson Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication […]
Title: The Three-Body Problem Author: Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu) Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: November 11 2014 Hardcover: 400 Pages With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science […]
Title: 2312 Author: Kim Stanley Robinson Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: May 2012 Hardcover: 561 Pages The Hugo and Nebula nominated and New York Times bestselling novel. The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been […]
Novella Review: “Adrift on the Sea of Rains” & “The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself” by Ian Sales
Title: “Adrift on the Sea of Rains” (Apollo Quartet #1) / “The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself” (Apollo Quartet #2) Author: Ian Sales Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Self-published via Whippleshield Books Publication Date: April 2012 / January 2013 Paperback: 80 Pages / 80 pages When a nuclear war breaks out and the nations […]
Title: Losers in Space Author: John Barnes Genre: Hard Science Fiction, Young Adult, Crossover Publisher: Viking Juvenile Publication Date: April 2012 Hardcover: 433 Pages It is the year 2129 . . . and fame is all that matters Susan and her friends are celebutantes. Their lives are powered by media awareness, fed by engineered meals, […]
Title: Hull Zero Three Author: Greg Bear Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: November 2010 Hardcover: 320 Pages A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination-unknown. Its purpose-a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home-a new planet and the woman he was meant to love […]
Title: WE Author: John Dickinson Genre: Science Fiction, “Young Adult” Publisher: David Fickling Books (UK) Publication Date: January 2010 Paperback: 288 pages Paul Munro must leave Earth. He is sent to a station at the edge of the solar system, that is manned by just four people. There he must find out why certain signals […]
Title: The Difference Engine Author: William Gibson and Bruce Sterling Genre: Science Fiction / Steampunk Publisher: Spectra (US) / Gollancz (UK) Publication Date: 1992 / 1996 (First published: 1990) Paperback: 448 pages / 384 pages The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage’s perfection of his Analytical Engine. The Industrial […]
Today, we give you a double-shot of hard science fiction goodness! Recently, I’ve discovered the wonderful, amazing, superlative SF author that is Stephen Baxter. After reading and loving his apocalyptic duology, Flood and Ark (with the latter as my favorite read of 2009), I immediately dived into the author’s backlist. Titan (Book 2 in the […]
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