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Short SF Con Report

Earlier this month, I went out to Layton Utah to attend Westercon 72, NASFiC 2019, 1632 Minicon for 2019, Manticon 2019, Spikecon. Yes, that was just one con! It was a little small for a NASFiC, but that made it a bit easier for me to get around. I'm a rather shy introvert, so I don't do large crowds well. I also have back trouble, and often use a cane. Sometimes that's not easy at a con.

Renegades: The Requiem Part 1

Renegades is a series that I have backed on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Today, I got to watch Part 1, and I was very impressed. Renegades started as a Star Trek fan film, but with the recent changes in CBS/Paramount's copyright claims, the film makers chose to make it a stand alone series. It is still very much inspired by Star Trek, but very much it's own thing.

Ring of Fire , Eric Flint Editor

Once again, this was a re-read, as I move along on my plan to catch up with the authors of this series.

This first anthology was rather a mixed bag. Some of the stories I liked a lot, some I didn't. The best story in the book was the last one - Eric Flint's The Wallenstein Gambit. I guess that makes sense, since at this point, no one knew the characters and future plot better than he did. All together, the book does succeed in making want to know more about all these people.

Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn & Chee #19) by Anne Hillerman

This book is set in Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mystery Series settings. Anne Hillerman has picked up her father's work, and made it her own. While the original heroes are in this book, it is told mostly from the perspective of Bernadette Manualito, a female officer in the Navajo Nation Police Force, and the wife of fellow officer, Jim Chee. The central mystery of the novel appears early, when Bernie (her nickname) watches a stranger shoot a close friend, unable to stop it. Who was this person? Why was the crime committed?

Arkwright by Allen M. Steele

The best word I can think of to describe this book is Brilliant! Good, hard SF with realistic, flawed, but sometimes heroic characters, and a surprising ending. What more could I ask for?

Arkwright tells the story of what happens after a successful SF author leaves his money and literary estate to a foundation dedicated to creating a starship to send humans to another planet. It's not a particularly long book, but it is a very long story. A story that in a way ends where it began.

Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer

Oh how I wish there were more than 5 stars to give to this book! In Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer explores the nature of consciousness. He suggests that scientists have not only discovered the physical and quantum underpinnings of consciousness, but also know how to change them. Along the way to the thrilling ending, we are treated to discussions of quantum physics, neuroscience, and philosophy. I found this book to be very hard to put down

Catching up on Books

I've kind of fallen behind on writing about the books I've been reading, so here is everything I've read since the last entry.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold read January 26-27 2016 Five Stars

New books in November (so far)

Here's how my TBR pile and lists grow. There are so many interesting books, and I want them all!

So this is what's been added to my library recently.

From Amazon:

An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes edited by A. C Thompson
Resurrection Day (A Storm and Fury Adventure Book 1) by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin
This is a short story in the same world as their novel Iron and Blood

Loosed upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction edited by John Joseph Adams

Ancilary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Wow! Every bit as brilliant as the first two novels in the series. I don't know what I can say without spoilers, but if you liked the first two, this is a worthy end to the trilogy. We learn even more about all the characters, old and new. The complexities of the Radch Empire make for an exciting story, but the empire is, of course, filled with people, who all have their own agendas.


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