Category Archives: Science fiction

NBN Time

NBN = Nothing But NaNoWriMo, and that’s what I’m doing this month. Although “nothing” isn’t strictly true. I’m still reading like a fiend, still working crossword puzzles (addiction #2), still getting outside to museums (this week to the Armenian exhibit … Continue reading

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Amuse bouche: SF version

Guys Read: Other Worlds, ed. Jon Scieszka (2013, Harper Collins; Vol 4 of a series) Next week starts the main event of Witch Week, so I thought I’d lead you gently into it with a couple of quick reviews — … Continue reading

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Early Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975) (read as an e-book from the NYPL) This collection of seventeen short stories and novellas, all published before 1975, includes several that Le Guin considers “germinal”, that is, leading to two … Continue reading

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The enchanted world

Another category for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *a book set in the future*, for which I chose a book that has long been sitting on my shelf: Sylvia Louise Engdahl’s Enchantress from the Stars (1970), a Newbery Honor Book. My … Continue reading

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You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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Update on Mr. Hopkins

For this post I have to prep you with some math, and then a bit of probability. Fact: there are just under 2.6 million seconds in a 30-day month. Thus, if an improbable event has a one-in-a-million chance of happening, … Continue reading

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Hopkins takes a back seat

Life as We Knew It (2006), Susan Beth Pfeffer Late in 2011, on a previous blog, I reviewed an obscure sci-fi book by RC Sheriff about a cataclysmic disaster involving an asteroid, the moon, and our earth. In fact, I … Continue reading

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