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Nearly done with Hyperion, and there's no way I'm not going to call Cyberpunk Cyberpuke from here on out.

For and fans: Several literary awards are just out, including the many books awarded the Kirkus Best Fiction award ( and the Amazon Best Book awards ( You can also still vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

After finishing The City & The City, I now Hyperion (finally). I'm about two thirds in, and while I don't get the hype, it's definitely a well-written book.

Hey, fans! There was a long, detailed post about different scifi future visions, complete with 3-4 recommendations per type. Can anybody here speak for the quality of the recommendations? They sound pretty fascinating:

I The City & The City, and so far, it's super cool.

I (finally finished) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Very very good (if lengthy) third part of his ongoing Stormlight Archives series.

If you're on a budget, but you love and : a reddit user compiled a list of 200 free scifi works on Gutenberg over here:

It's a month gone, already! As I'm wont to do, here is my monthly writeup of books that I've read.

Today's the day that The Labyrinth Index (Charlie Stross, Laundryverse) comes out. I published my review on /r/printSF:

The wonderful blog Nerds Of A Feather has just announced a new series on feminist science-fiction, and has opened with an introduction on historical and current feminist scifi that is very worth reading:

"Fucking Iain Banks died and Ursula died, and I’m like the last utopian." – a good article about Kim Stanley Robinson:

I (just finished) Obelisk Gate, and oh boy. Good fantasy. I like. Whoa.

I Matter (part of the Culture series by Iain Banks) and arghgh. I don't mind slow-moving books in general, and I don't mind books with multiple story lines, either. But if those two are combined and one or two of those story lines aren't interesting to me, my patience will be tested. A lot.

pick up the nearest book to you, turn to page 45. Realise that the paper you are holding is made from atoms which were forged billions of years ago, in the hearts of stars. As were the atoms which make you.

Take delight in the fact that you share this intimate connection with the Universe and everything else in it.


pick up the nearest book to you, turn to page 45. Consider the first sentence, a collection of arbitrary symbols, carefully developed over thousands of years by humans to form words which have sounds and meanings which you recognise instantly. Unchanged since they were written, despite the passage of time.

Marvel at the fact that the words which are now in your brain were put there, via paper, directly from the brain of someone else who you’ve never met, and probably never will meet.

I'm thinking about books I read when I was young and unprepared. I started with Clavell's Shogun when I was 11 (because it was the thickest book on the shelf) and let me tell you, THAT was an eye-opener.

I (finished) The Core, last part of the Demon Cycle series by Peter Brett. I was very disappointed, to be honest – the series started out so good and then got worse and worse. The Core read more like a mix of a fanfiction and a video-game write-along. Meh, I say.

I The Core, last part of Peter Brett's Demon Cycle, and it's very very meh. The first book in the series was pretty good and convincing, I thought, but the following books just couldn't reach the same level, and grew more and more annoying. I'm just hanging on in the hopes for a little bit of payoff.

I need to read more people snarking at books. "Well, Dan Brown has had a lot of training making that single fucking plot move, because that plot is every single one of his books." makes me feel heard and eases the pain of Dan Brown's books just a bit.

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