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

 

 

The Humans (Decle Edge, 2013)the humans cover art

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

Wow 2018 Already? Wait is it May?

I’m pushing a tough schedule of one to two posts a year. In light of my non-existent posting I am inspired by a Simpson’s quote of Barney Gumble during Springfield’s prohibition, “this better be the best beer[book review] of my life.” Despite my lack of posts from the later half of 2017…. and first third of 2018, I can confirm that I am back into this blog. I plan on regular postings, of which the Beer Baron would be proud, and hopefully some other posts sprinkled throughout….mmm sprinkles.

So, for those who are still here? Anyone…anyone. Look to this review of ‘Warp’ a year late.  Also tomorrow I’ll put up a book review from this century.

 

Introduction

Welcome to MaverickSciFi blog!

Welcome to MaverickSciFi blog!

I’ve created this blog to discuss science fiction literature, specifically novels, in the form of book reviews.  I’m new to blogging, so it will be a learning experience.

I vaguely remember my first real dive into science fiction, it would be the Asimov universe. It began with reading the detective series and Asimov’s short stories and then the Foundation series.  Reading changed for me after discovering the prequels and sequels to the original Foundation series and seeing it all come together.  The idea of universe building with large overarching themes was what hooked me and still does.

I will try to read and write as often as possible and hope to share my thoughts and hear from you about your thoughts.