All Systems Red

Murderbot doesn't want to murder. Murderbot wants to watch TV. Unfortunately, Murderbot has to murder. Sometimes. Because Murderbot is a SecUnit, and its job is to protect whoever the company tells it to protect. As a point of discussion, Murderbot's pronoun is it. I'm not dehumanizing it. You could yell at Wells for dehumanizing Murderbot, but Murderbot isn't human. So don't @ me. Murderbot has no name. It thinks of itself as Murderbot because it's…

Galactic Football League 1: The Rookie

FFOOOOOTBAAAALLLL IIIIIINNN SPAAAAAAAACE!!! Seriously, Galactic Football League is a far-future science fiction series centered around American-style football. Other human sports have survived. Baseball is there but boring (screw you, baseball is awesome). Soccer exists, but a single species dominates it. On the other hand, football is uniquely suited to multiple species all competing against each other in the same sport. I listened to this from GraphicAudio. Everything GraphicAudio produces is adapted for a full cast…

Ghost Riders In The Sky

Take a classic space adventure, mix in a galactic conspiracy, and sprinkle a bit of paranormal activity on top, and you get Ghost Riders in the Sky. An alien species has come to Earth and helped humanity reach much further into the galaxy, allowing for the colonization of other solar systems. But it comes at a cost. Their unique method of faster than light travel requires the use of a navigator that can astral project.…

Sakura: Intellectual Property

Sakura: Intellectual Property is a cyberpunk novel set in near-future Japan featuring the heavy metal star turned assassin sentient android Sakura. The country has extremely high poverty rates; most of the populace is retreating further into an augmented reality world powered by the all-powerful American corporation simply called the Mall. Sakura must fight for her freedom and the freedom of her people. Zachary Hill wrote the first draft of Sakura: Intellectual Property. He intended it…

Free Ways to Read: Library Services

I get it. Books can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to be avid readers. In fact, you don't have to spend a dime. That's a big reason libraries exist, and with the embrace of modern technology, it has never been easier to take advantage of their services. Many libraries even allow you to get a library card entirely online, so you never actually have to go to the…

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Rosemary Harper, human, joins the multispecies crew of the Wayfarer. Their job is to tunnel wormholes that allow near-instantaneous travel between two points in space. The story chronicles one such trip that requires an unusually long transit time. Set in the Galactic Commons, an area of the Milky Way galaxy controlled by a central, collaborative government, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a multifaceted work of art. Chambers does an exceptional job…

Free Ways to Read: Online Magazines

For over a century, the best science fiction authors were published in pulp magazines. Some of these magazines are still in business, such as "Fantasy and Science Fiction," but for those trying to read on the cheap, you can turn to the internet! Born from the pulp tradition, these pro and semipro online publications rely on ad support and donations to publish original science fiction short stories. That means you can read them for free.…

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Martian Plague

Humans have been kicked off Earth by an invading alien race. The survivors of the invasion live in bubble cities in the Mars colonies. Our lead character, Ozzy Mack, a "criminal archeologist," is paid well to locate and recover artifacts from an ancient Martian civilization. Think of him kind of like a store brand Indiana Jones with less respect for the law. Maybe he's more like the bad guy from Raiders of the Lost Ark.…

Keep Politics in Star Wars

There’s a movement in many fandoms, a vocal, but I hope small, group of people are screaming to get politics out of their favorite stories. Some threaten boycotting the franchise. The most recent call has been from the Star Wars fandom with the release of Solo. Whether you like it or not, whether you agree or not, politics has always been part of Star Wars. From the moment that it was released in 1977, political…

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Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

Another addition to the official canon, Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne is typical of what seems to be the normal addition currently. That is, it follows a well-known character in the time between two of the movies. This one follows Luke Skywalker shortly after Episode IV. However, most Star Wars novels, even those from the legends canon, were in the third person. Heir to the Jedi is written in the first person from…