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…

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…

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.…

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…

Ready Player One

Like most of my fellow sci fi fans, I received Ready Player One in the ever-popular Loot Crate. What I didn’t realize at the time was the epic journey of this story. Made by a nerd, for nerds, it most definitely is not your average sci fi book. To say the least, I can tell why people love it; it has everything a nerd wants in a story. References to such cult movies as Airplane!…

Spock’s World

Spock's World For someone whom on most level of consideration doesn’t exist, you scream with great enthusiasm. Spock's World K’s’t’lk pg 191 Diane Duane, author of three previous Star Trek novels as well as The Next Generation episode “Where No One Has Gone Before,” does an excellent job of accurately personifying the classic characters of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reading the dialogue between Kirk, McCoy, and Spock is very easy, and I frequently found…

Dark Space

The first book in the Dark Space series, set in the far future in a post-apocalyptic galaxy, Dark Space is the epitome of dark sci-fi full of classic tropes. The ISS, a government lasting 10,000 years, has failed to drive out an invasion of a hostile alien species. All that remains of the human race is a few spare thousand, taking refuge in a barely habitable stronghold, barely able to feed themselves, and just barely…