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Sudden Rescue by Jon Mollison

Ah, the trials and adventures of E.Z. Sudden, master and sole crewmember of a tramp starship, Jade Rose. In a galaxy with a human civilization held together by nobles and royals, threatened by an AI civilization of genocidal intent -- he has problems of his own.

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The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

A collection of his science fiction stories, one fantasy one, and several poems.
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Vanguard

May. 28th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Vanguard by Jack Campbell

Things are changing. . . the discovery of the jump drive has led to massive expansion of human colonization. And a breakdown of the social order where old Earth might be obeyed.

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Forgotten Worlds by D. Nolan Clark

Sequel to Forsaken Skies. Serious spoilers ahead for that.

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City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis by John C. Wright

A collection of short stories, revolving about time travel.  With links, sometimes very faint.  Then, time travel and cause-and-effect have interesting relationships here.

The first and last are told in achronic order, which suits them well.  We have mysteries, attempts at rescue, and the effects of time travel and cause-and-effect on interactions.  A private investigator who observes that, in fact, a trenchcoat and fedora are normal attire where he comes from.  A widowed bum.  The fates of those whom the Time Wardens are no longer interested in but don't let leave.  And more.

Discovery

Apr. 10th, 2017 10:41 pm
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Discovery by Karina Fabian

It opens with a scene to set the stage:  an accident at a space mining operation.  Three religious sisters -- of Our Lady of Rescue -- in action.  Shortly therefore, they are among the three off on a mission to the very end of the Solar System, where is a shipwreck.  Of an alien ship.  This was discovered only by telescope, so they are the first people out there.

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The Vindication of Man by John C. Wright

And the adventure continues!  Over the millennia. . .

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They Called Me Dragon: A Narrative Account of My Adventures on the Planet Earth by Gail Ann Gibbs

An alien from another dimension comes to Earth as a high-gravity location that will assist his recovery. He knows and fully intends to keep the rules about avoiding contact with those primitive humans, which can be dangerous to them, but he promises a friend to observe them at a safe distance.

Then he falls asleep one day in a glacial lake, and is seen.

Complications follow, thickly. The retrospective account allows him to cover the years that ensue briskly, as he keeps trying to fix things and often faces graver consequences, and puts more humor into it.
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The Wrath of the Great Guilds by Jack Campbell

The sixth and final book. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones.

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Scout's Law by Henry Vogel

Action!  Adventure!  Airships!  Starships!
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The trilogy continues. . . spoilers ahead for the first.

If you remember, Zaphod said they would go to the title restaurant for lunch.  When this opens, they are trying to get the Heart of Gold there.  Then they are attacked by a Vogon ship, begining the adventures, which involve a cup of tea, the Total Persepctive Vortex, the restaurant, a completely black ship with a half-built teleport device, Marvin being depressing, elevators with psychological problems, a ship full of useless people, and more.
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Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger by Ralph E. Hayes Jr.

The adventures of an anthropomorphic raccoon IN SPACE!!!
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The Architect of Aeons by John C. Wright

The aeons roll on in the grand plan. Spoilers for the earlier books in the series -- and this is very dependent on the books before, because the story is building.

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In the Lamplight: The Fantastic Worlds of L. Jagi Lamplighter by L. Jagi Lamplighter

A varied collection of works. Some historical fantasy, some contemporary fantasy, some SF. One that, in the end, reveals itself to be mundane fiction.

I'm particularly fond of "Never Again the Same" and "Knight's Mate". Some are based in the same worlds as her other published works, but they stand alone.
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Forsaken Skies by D. Nolan Clark

A tale of military adventure in a universe of star spanning colonies.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A famous and comic tale. Arthur Dent discovers his house is about to be demolished to build a bypass. Shortly thereafter, everyone on Earth discovers it's about to be demolished to build a bypass.
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The Servants Of The Storm by Jack Campbell

Book 5 of The Pillars of Reality. Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones. Like a lot of series, it is picking up steam and turning into a flowing story.
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Gemina

Oct. 23rd, 2016 10:31 pm
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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The continuing high stakes adventure. Overlap with Illuminae is -- enough to make perhaps reading that one first wise.

Same epistolary point of view. Indeed, after a prologue of a tribunal's proceedings, the first document is a message about the events and the disaster they will be for BeiTech.

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Crosstalk

Oct. 17th, 2016 11:13 pm
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Crosstalk by Connie Willis

A novel about communication and a device that lets you communicate emotionally. And some unintended consequences.

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Torchship Pilot by Karl K. Gallagher

I was a beta reader for this, and got a free copy of the final version, too. And there will be spoilers ahead for Torchship.

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