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…

Tarkin: Star Wars

James Luceno is an accomplished author and a veteran in the legacy Star Wars Expanded Universe. Tarkin: Star Wars is his latest work in the Star Wars Universe, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Story Group, making it part of the new official canon. Reestablishing some of the legacy canon as well as developing new canon, Tarkin does not disappoint. The novel is based around, wait for it, Wilhuff Tarkin, and one recognizes his foul stench…

Android Paradox

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up Android Paradox by Michael La Ronn. It was a brand new book, published just days before I bought it. I had never read any of his books before, and it was pure chance that I stumbled upon it. Browsing through selections of recently published sci-fi books, this book stood out. Rogue androids, special agents, and modern cover art drew me in. I instantly…