What I’m Reading: The Stars Are Legion

Spaceships fly across the orange-red surface of a planet.

The teaser for this novel sold me instantly: “Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution.  As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: The Stars Are Legion

What I’m Reading: Six Wakes

A human form falls through the black void of space

I don’t often get to say that I’m reading a book written by a friend but that’s the case with Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes. I know Mur from back at the dawn of podcasting, when she podcast Geek Fu Action Grip and I did Nuketown Radio Active. We later wrote columns for Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine. I haven’t seen Mur in … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: Six Wakes

Summer 2016 Reading List

An ominous starship looms against a blue-black nebula background

I’ve compiled my summer reading list for 2016. As is normal for me, it’s dominated by space opera and military science fiction, but peppered with some steampunk and superhero fiction. It weighs in at 14 books and 6 graphic novels. That’s one fewer than last year, but that gives me  gives me some wiggle room to … Read moreSummer 2016 Reading List

What I’m Reading: The Peripheral by William Gibson

The text "The Peripheral" written in black lettering over a chrome background.

I got this book in Kindle format for Christmas 2015 and then promptly forgot about it. Since then I’ve read a number of books, so many that I was getting dangerously close to having to buy another one (or at least, check it out of the library). And then I remembered … my old friend … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: The Peripheral by William Gibson

What I’m Reading: Sun of Suns

A close-up photo of the sun.

Sun of Suns takes place in an immense habitable Dyson sphere (or something like a Dyson sphere) inclosing the star Virga. A freefall civilization — complete with barrel-like towns spun to produce gravity — has spread throughout the enclosed habitat. The book tells the story of Hayden Griffin, a young man seeking revenge against the … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: Sun of Suns

What I’m Reading: The Jennifer Morgue

Bob, the main character of the novel, is suspended in a watery cage while wearing a business suit.

The Laundry series is an amusing mash up of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The X-Files, Call of Cthulhu, and The Office. The second book in the series features its hero, Bob Howard, in a very James Bond-ish style adventure in which he has to re-enact all of the tropes of the spy genre in order to … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: The Jennifer Morgue

What I’m Reading: Seveneves

A close up of an eye with a stellar flare in the center

My summer reading list is progressing nicely. I finished up my first print novel on the list, Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon, and I’ve moved on to the second, Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. The book opens with the destruction of the moon by an unknown “Agent”, and humanity’s desperate attempt to escape the impending lunar apocalypse. … Read moreWhat I’m Reading: Seveneves

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 moreWhat I’m Reading: Ancillary Justice