What I’m Reading: Ancillary Justice

Cover art for Ancillary Justice featuring stylized starfighters flying over a space ship.

Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice plays with the concepts of gender and identity with the framework of a conventional space opera. The main character is an “ancillary” — essentially a human being who’s consciousness has been overridden an artificial intelligence. That intelligence once controlled an entire starship and dozens of such ancillaries, and over the course … Read more What I’m Reading: Ancillary Justice

Two Weeks of Building Sandcastles

Two weeks ago I came back from HighEdWeb 2014 intent on changing my schedule. Inspired by David Cameron’s (Ithaca College)  “Human at Work or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Better at My Job” presentation, I decided to re-organize my schedule to more aggressively defend my project time. I’ve been allocating project time in … Read more Two Weeks of Building Sandcastles

What I’m Reading: A Memory of Light

A Memory of Light is the final book in Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series, a series so huge that Jordan died before he could finish it. Fortunately, he took voluminous notes and passed those on to his chosen successor, Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson’s done a fantastic job finishing up the series, and I’m looking forward to this … Read more What I’m Reading: A Memory of Light

What I’m Reading: Century Rain

Century Rain is a space opera/noir/alternative history mash-up that echos Reynolds earlier work in its combination of post-Singularity speculation and end of the world/galaxy/university machinations. The book opens a few hundred years in the future. Earth has been rendered lifeless by a nanotechnology plague. Humanity survives in two factions: the Threshers, who are regular humans … Read more What I’m Reading: Century Rain

What I’m Reading: The Cole Protocol

I keep meaning to read the Halo universe books, particularly the original trilogy of books recounting the events of the first video game. It’s a compelling universe that’s only just barely been touched by the video games, and I’d love to delve deeper. When Amazon.com and Macmillan went to war over ebooks, and all of the … Read more What I’m Reading: The Cole Protocol