Science Fiction…lul.

As promised I have put together a list of some of the more satirical or outright funny science fiction I have read recently.  To qualify for this list I had to at least smile while reading passages.  All these are recommended reads, I’ll put up a review of Mechanical Failure soon!

Mech failure cover artMechanical Failure (Sage Press, 2016)

by Joe Zieja

A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing—war. Amazon link

 

 

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by Matt Haig

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with what may be his best, funniest, and most devastating dark comedy yet. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Amazon link

 

red shirts cover artRed Shirts (Tor Book, 2012)

by John Scalzi

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union [ ].  Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Amazon link

 

 

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Where are we going? It’s aaaa list!

In light of my impending book reviews of Infomacracy (Malka Older) and The Sky is Yours (Chandler Clang Smith) I thought I’d put a list together of some awesome recent reads that seem to ask the question…..what will society be like in a few years? These don’t need a review – they are epic award winning books and authors. Also Doctorow seems to make it into my lists a lot… Finally when I make lists, I tend to want to make more…look for upcoming lists – Human Augmentation and Made Me Laugh (that’s hard in scifi).

Oh, also because I review things, and if you want my opinion on a particular book in this list let me know….

In no particular order….descriptions are Bezos’.

THE AFFINITIES

by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books, 2016)

In our rapidly changing world of social media, everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into affinity groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies–genetic, brain-mapping, and behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one’s life. Amazon link

WALKAWAY

by Cory Doctorow (Tor Books, 2017)

Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences. Amazon link

THE WATERKNIFE

by Paolo Bacigalupi (Orbit, 2015)

Paolo Bacigalupi, [], dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon The Windup Girl. In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin, and spy. Amazon link

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

by David Shafer (Mulholland Books, 2014)

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Amazon link

MAKERS 

by Cory Doctorow (Tor Books, 2009)

Perry and Lester invent things—seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the “New Work,” a New Deal for the technological era. Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups like Perry and Lester’s. Together, they transform the country, and Andrea Fleeks, a journo-turned-blogger, is there to document it. Amazon link

Top Video Game Themed SciFi Novels

From copious pop culture references, to Jason Bourne-like plot lines, strap in and get ready to….read about being online?

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Top Video Game Themed SciFi Novels

Not ranking, but just a group of excellent science fiction books with video games as a main theme.

armada coverARMADA

by Ernest Cline

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (April 12 2016)

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and video games he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

for the win coverFOR THE WIN

by Cory Doctorow

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher:Tom Doherty Associates (May 11, 2010)

In the virtual future, you must organize to survive.

At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy, running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.

in real life coverIN REAL LIFE

by Cory Doctorow (author) and Jan Wang (illustrator)

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: First Second (October 14, 2014)

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

Ready player one coverREADY PLAYER ONE

by Ernst Cline

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

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by Neal Stephenson

Paperback: 1056 pages

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 15, 2012)

With Reamde, this visionary author whose mind-stretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace—not to mention William Gibson and Michael Crichton—once again blazes new ground with a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience, science and science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally. The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high—and a new world—for the remarkable Neal Stephenson.