This short story by Schuyler Hernstrom came to my attention as I wandered through the Mad Genius Club, I believe, or one of blogs of one of its contributors. It caught my eye because it addresses one of the more disturbing classic sci-fi short stories out there.
I doubt the classics need much promotion, but in science fiction, the classic authors tend to be so prolific that some great work gets lost in the shuffle. Quite honestly I think their best work is not necessarily their best known work.
Such is the case for Larry Niven, in my humble opinion that is oh-so-relevant to the science fiction community (such as it exists in any definable sense anymore).
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy by Alan Smale goes somewhere I have yet to find any other books go, or at least go in a way that is well written and mostly kind of makes sense: what if Rome survived? What would happen if the Romans went to North America?
You don’t often find fantasy novels that do a sincere interpretation of Ancient Greece (or Rome, either), but The Macht trilogy by Paul Kearney does it better than any other I’ve ever read. If you’ve got a son who can handle an R movie, he’d probably love these books, especially the first one. It’s a guy kind of book.
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn is a masterpiece of historical science fiction (you read that right) and it offers the best picture of the Middle Ages I think you’ll ever read.
This book has already gotten its lauds, but I feel it is not read enough. If you want thoughtful sci-fi, this is it. It you want clearly intensive and smart research, this book demonstrates it. If you want an excellently structured narrative, this one manages to split its plot by time and geography in a way I envy. If you like reading, you should read Eifelheim.
The Hawk Queen duology by David Gemmell is a good example of the author’s work, in its mystery, fun, and even its darkness. David Gemmell’s unfortunate passing means that we’ll never have a continuation of this time-twisted adventure, but the two books we do have are gems.
‘Pride and Prejudice with dragons’ should be classed as its own subgenre. Heartstone is not the first book I’ve seen that falls into it and I doubt it will be the last.
Do you like dogs? Do you like dragons? Well, have I got a pair of books for you!
Dragon’s Ring and Dog and Dragon by Dave Freer are awesome books. I want more. I love this weird, clever world and I love these characters and I love it all.
This was my beach book on my recent vacation to the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii.
Let me tell you, ladies, if you are a woman reading a book called Vodka on the beach and at the resort, it’s going to get you some attention. I guess people expect me to be reading 50 Shades of Gone with an Angels and Demons Tattoo on vacation. Don’t get that book, though. I’d hazard to guess you’ve read something like it before. Victorino Matus’ Vodka is a much better time.
This is not your average sci-fi book.
Looking for space opera? Starship battles accentuated with (or accentuating) bizarre hereditary and/or political drama? Not Scaling the Rim.
Instead, you get something much more original. Scaling the Rim is a tale of survival, relationships, and conspiracy. We join Annika and her un-modified human science team, along with a military team of modified human Rus, to set up a new weather station above the titular rim of the crater the population lives in. This planet, long ago colonized and terraformed with paradise in mind, is slowly freezing over, with winters (perpetually) that make Westeros’ look cute.