Carpe Diem by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Posted March 24, 2015 By Jandy

Science FictionCarpe Diem by Sharon Lee and Steve MillerCarpe Diem
Sharon Lee; Ace 2003

After an attack by the Yxtrang, Val Con yos’Phelium and his new wife Miri Robertson are stranded in a space yacht with no weapons or communication and little power. They are able to make one short faster than light jump, so choose to jump near an interdicted world that has not advanced enough to go to space but a place where Val Con and Miri can live out their lives if no one finds them. They will leave a beacon, but no one knows where in the galaxy to look.

On Liadon. the yos’Phelium family has political problems. Val Con had been recruited into the specialized Liadon spy agency and was on a mission for them for a few years. No one has heard from him in a while. No one knows what happened recently, that he now accepted into the prestigious Clutch Turtle race, that he was attacked by and escaped the Yxtrang, or that he is married. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

Posted March 19, 2015 By Jandy

Science FictionThe Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi The Ghost Brigades
John Scalzi; Tor 2006

The Ghost Brigades are special, elite forces in the Colonial Defense Forces in the war in the galaxy. They are genetically created clones from the DNA of people who signed up for the CDF but died before they could join. The members of the Ghost Brigades are born adult, learn and train to be special soldiers in three weeks, and are able to then fight the in intergalatic war.

Jared Dirac is a new soldier in the Ghost Brigades. His background is a bit different, through. Charles Boutin is a human scientist who defected to another world and joined in with three races of aliens against humans. Jared is a hybrid created from Boutin’s saved identity combined with standard technolgy. He joins his unit as a new soldier and joins the espionage and fighting the Ghost Brigades were created for. Read the remainder of this entry »

Futureland by Walter Mosley

Posted March 15, 2015 By Jandy

Futureland by Walter MosleyScience Fiction Futureland
Walter Mosley; Warner Books 2001

Walter Mosley is probably most famous for his mystery series, including Easy Rawlins and Leonard McGill. Mosley does so much more, including the occasional science fiction. Futureland is a possible glimpse of the near future as the United States (and the rest of the world) crumbles under its politics, culture clashes, economics, and social issues. Racial controversy shows up throughout the book – which is usually true in Mosley’s work. That gives these short stories more dimensions. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Posted March 8, 2015 By Jandy

Science FictionThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell; Random House 2014

“If you love and are loved, whatever you do affects others.” – from The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

David Mitchell has a way of bending a story around on itself and within itself and challenging the reader to keep up with him. I didn’t get it in Cloud Atlas. But I was able to keep up in The Bone Clocks.

The narrative in The Bone Clocks is divided into six sections, starting in 1984 and ending in 2043. Each section is told in first person by a different character. Holly Sykes is a 15-year-old runaway in 1984. In 2043 she is a grandmother in a future where energy is in short supply and technology is disappearing. In between others who meet her. Read the remainder of this entry »


Science FictionMetatropolis by John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder Metatropolis
John Scalzi, Jay Lake; Tor Books 2010

The Dawn of Uncivilization
John Scalzi, editor

John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder joined their talents to create a near future as the world falls apart. These five favorite and award winning authors got together to design this world and its environment, then each wrote a story based on the construct they designed. Each author’s tale is different yet all connect. Metatropolis has another unusual background – it was first written as an audiobook, then was published in print. Read the remainder of this entry »

Time Scout by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans

Posted February 16, 2015 By Jandy

Science FictionTime Scout by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans Time Scout
Robert Asprin; Baen 1995

Kit Carsen is a retired time scout. He was the best and is the most known. He had to retire because of all the times he time traveled. The time gates open into specific times. If a time scout travels back to a time when he has already been, paradox would kill him. Now Kit runs the hotel at the time travel station.

One day Margo Smith comes to the station and confronts Kit. She is determined to be the first woman time scout. He and his friend, time guide Malcolm Moore, tell her all the reasons it’s too dangerous for a woman to be a scout. She states she’s 18, an adult, and will find someone else to teach her if he won’t. The men explain that without an advanced education and the knowledge of multiple languages, she wouldn’t survive in the past. She ignores them and starts looking for someone else who will teach her. The other honest scouts at the station respect Kit and refuse her. But not all the scouts are honest. Read the remainder of this entry »


Science FictionThe Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye The Death of Sleep
Anne McCaffrey & Jody Lynn Nye; Baen Books 1990

Physician and healer Lunzie Mespil takes a job on an out reaches mining asteroid to earn enough money for herself and her daughter purchase a place on a settled planet. On the way to her new post, the ship is hit by asteroids and hulled. Lunzie goes into cryosleep (cold sleep) until she and her shipmates in other escape pods are rescued. She doesn’t get found and recovered for over 60 years.

Lunzie discovers that the known universe has moved on without her. Her daughter became a doctor, then disappeared with a settlement on a newly occupied planet. It appears that planet pirates stripped the planet and killed the people in the settlement. As she relearns and accepts the advances in her field, she continues looking for her daughter. Read the remainder of this entry »

My Real Children by Jo Walton

Posted December 15, 2014 By Jandy

Science FictionMy Real Children by Jo WaltonMark – My plans have changed, Patricia. We have to get married now or never.

Trisha – Now!

Pat – Never!

Now, sixty years later, Patricia is in an extended care home with dementia. Does she have three children or four? Did she spend her summers in Italy or was she a beaten down homemaker? Is there an international moon base studying science or a Russian one with nuclear missiles pointed at its enemies? Did she serve on city council or was she devastated when her partner was injured? Read the remainder of this entry »

When’s the Doctor? by Jorge Santillan

Posted December 14, 2014 By Jandy

Science FictionChildrenWhen's the Doctor? by Jorge SantillanWhere’s Waldo? Er, um, When’s the Doctor?

This brightly illustrated book is perfect for the young Doctor Who fan – like my granddaughters. It’s also fun for us adult fans. I admit I bought the book for me. But they both like the I Spy type books and will have a great time looking for the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory, and the TARDIS on the different pages.

Jorge Santillan drew these cheerful pages using different time periods from many of the different Doctors – including the Aztecs, ancient Egypt, Metebelis III, and the TARDIS graveyard among others. Aliens of all sorts can also be found in these drawings. Read the remainder of this entry »

Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

Posted December 10, 2014 By Jandy

Science FictionRainbows End by Vernor Vinge Rainbows End
Vernor Vinge; Tor/Tom Doherty Associates 2006

Robert Gu had been an irascible¬† Poet Laureate and tenured professor of English. His wife divorced him after many years. His son disliked him. Then he got Alzheimer’s and wandered off into a fog of dementia. While he was mentally absent medicine progressed. Now it’s the mid 2020’s. Robert’s Alzheimer’s has been cured. There are a number of rejuvenating therapies that have also worked for him. Despite his age he now has the body of a young man in his 20s. He has the mind and memories of an older, retired man.

When Robert first wakes up he is far behind in current technology and current events. He cannot return to his old job even if they would take him. He has to return to a vocational program at his granddaughter’s school to catch up. Read the remainder of this entry »

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Posted December 8, 2014 By Jandy

Science FictionStation Eleven by Emily St. John MandelApocalyptic and dystopic fiction has been extremely popular for the past decade or more. I enjoy the books and over the years I have read obscure, great ones (In the After), popular, good ones (The Handmaid’s Tale), okay ones (The Family Tree), and classic ones (On the Beach). Station Eleven is a lyrical apocalyptic novel.

Station Eleven is three stories – the story of a famous actor and his friends before the apocalypse, the story of a young actress twenty years after the plague that kills of 99.99% of the world’s population, and the story of a paramedic before and after the event. The book jumps back and forth between the years and the tales. Read the remainder of this entry »


Science FictionTime Travel Adventures of the 1800 Club Book II by Robert P. McAuleyTwo Missions… The Wright Brothers & The Hindenburg

Meet the 1800 Club. It’s a group of people who gather together and take themselves back in time whenever they are at the club. They dress and live the part when they are there. They speak of events within their chosen time period. Most members don’t realize the Club is more than a place to meet and relax.

Bill Smith is the current director of the 1800 Club. His grandson is a member in the mid-21st century. The building houses a time machine. The future members monitor the past. When they see a possible anomaly they need someone to go to the past and put things right. They can’t do it because they can’t breath the air any earlier than the early 21st century. They send a message through the machine to Bill. Although the air is dirtier 100 to 150 years earlier, he is still able to breath it. He is the person responsible for straightening out the past. Read the remainder of this entry »