Happy November 1st! It’s also the start of Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Rinn Reads and Lisa @ Oh, the Books! 😀 This is the fifth year that I’m participating in this event and I’m looking forward to sharing the following posts with you all as part of this event:
Schedule for This Month’s Event
- Wednesday 1st – Introduction Post
- Friday 3rd – My book review of Christopher Priest’s The Inverted World
- Thursday 9th – My book review of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion
- Friday 10th – My book review of Dan Simmons’ The Fall of Hyperion
- Monday 13th – My book review of Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes
- Tuesday 21st – My Top Ten Tuesdays post on sci-fi novels I’m thankful to have read
- Wednesday 22nd – My book review/re-read of Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah
- Thursday 23rd – My book review/re-read of Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune
- Friday 24th – My book review of Frank Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune
- Wednesday 29th – It’s a Wrap!
Just Briefly About Me
Okay, a repost from last year but for those of you who are new to my blog and don’t know much about me: I’m Lianne *waves* and I pretty much grew up watching science fiction (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5 (if you haven’t watched this show yet, you really must, it’s an excellent tv show; see my post on why you should watch it), Quantum Leap, etc). I only got around to reading the classic science fiction titles more recently but I do enjoy the genre; some of my favourite science fiction novels include Frank Herbert’s Dune (review), Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and more recently Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see tag).
You can view all the posts I’ve made for previous Sci-fi Months in this tag and all of my science fiction-related posts in this tag 🙂
And that’s about it for this introductions post! I had initially planned on finishing up reading the Dune novels for review but I’ve just been so busy this year that reading has just been slower for me amongst other activities >_< Anyhow, you can also follow the event month-long on Twitter via the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth or the Twitter account @SciFiMonth. I hope you enjoy the reviews I’ll be posting throughout this month! 🙂
Goodness, where has the time gone? Seems like yesterday we just started the event and here we are at the end of 2016’s Sci-Fi Month! Just to recap, here’s all of the posts I’ve made in celebration of the event (a.k.a. book reviews):
And that’s about it for Sci-Fi Month this year! I do apologise that I haven’t blog hopped much for this event; this November was a little ridiculous on my end -_-; How did you celebrate Sci-Fi Month? What was your favourite post or discussion? Did you come across something new that you wanted to check out?
Foundation (Foundation #1)
By: Isaac Asimov
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.
I think I mentioned it in a Sci-Fi Month post a few years ago (Aha! Found said post) that I wanted to read this book but never got around to it. Well, at long last I finally picked this book up, determined to read it–and just in time for Sci-Fi Month this year too 🙂
Time and Again
By: Jack Finney
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
“Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. ‘Nuclear’ appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon.”
Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night — right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed — or did it?
Oh my goodness I’m finally reading this book! It only took me how many years xD Anyway, I decided to include this book under this year’s Sci-Fi Month because this book deals with the scifi theme of time travel 😉
Time Salvager (Time Salvager #1)
By: Wesley Chu
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman–a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.
On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.
All righty, up next in my sci-fi reads is Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager. I’ve heard of Wesley Chu’s works time and again but kind of took a while before I finally picked up something by him :3 Anyway, the premise of this novel sounded really cool and has been on the radar for some time…Also, how awesome is that book cover? 😀