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One of the best things about science fiction (speculative fiction, if you prefer — I’m not a fanatic on the issue) is the way a good science fiction book can make you think about the larger universe, instead of focusing all your attention on the narrow concerns of this world and, often, this one little slice of this world. 767 more words

How Misery Flows (A Review)

Review by Curtis Cole

                Before I downloaded The Dispatcher during Audible’s free giveaway period, I had never before read anything by John Scalzi. This would be because his name was just not a name I was interested in reading. 850 more words

Student Reviews

Teaser Tuesday: How to Survive the Apocalypse

Like your favorite song coming on the radio back-to-back on separate stations, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, and anyone can play along! 510 more words


2017 Hugo Award Finalists

TOR has up the list of 2017 Hugo finalists. Stranger Things is definitely my choice in the Best Dramatic Presentation category. Good storytelling, classic style science fiction, little 80’s injection and a little X-Files. 612 more words


Sam Peters Interview

Sam Peters’ debut novel From Darkest Skies is out later this month and it is a fantastic book. I had a chance to ask Sam a few questions. 1,315 more words

Dave Probert

Monday Musings: April Fool!

I am writing this on Saturday, which is April 1, and, at least here in the US, is known as April Fools Day. It’s a day when people play (harmless) pranks on others to make them seem gullible. 693 more words

Life, And Everything Else

The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire: The Interdependency, Book 1, by John Scalzi

I became a Scalzi fan after I read Redshirts. His writing is always funny and fast-moving, with a matter-of-fact approach to the language that reads the way people talk. 337 more words