Reviews and Blog Posts: Science Fiction

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

 Have you heard about Ernst Cline's Ready Player One?  Filled with tons of 80s pop culture references, it might be worth doing a bit of extra research to keep up.  We can help.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One is the story of Wade Watts, a poor, orphaned kid whose only escape is entering the vast virtual world of OASIS.  In OASIS, Wade's avatar spends endless hours attempting to solve clues and puzzles in order to find the three keys that will unlock the vast inheritance left by the company's founder, Halliday, who created this hunt as his legacy.  In tribute to his 1980s upbringing, Halliday has loaded the game with all sort of cultural icons and trivia.  Wade and&n

2045: A Story of Our Future

2045:  A Story of Our Future

As a general rule, I don't read much fiction.

However, I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopian pieces. Think Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). Confessional sidebar: I'm a much bigger fan of the film Blade Runner (which is, of course, based on Androids) than I am of the book. Both succeed, however, in firing the cylinders of the brain and sparking imagination.

In Praise of Mary Doria Russell

Doc

Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

What to do with yourself while you’re waiting for Mass Effect 3 to come out.

Do you ever find yourself in this crazy loop where you obsess about an awesome upcoming thing? Right now, I’m obsessing about the forthcoming videogame Mass Effect 3.

When Mass Effect 3 was delayed to March 6, 2012 earlier this year, I told everyone I knew (and a few that I didn’t) that it was going to be the longest wait ever, and that I would probably die of impatience before it came out. Instead of obsessively playing the games again, (okay, maybe I’m doing that a little) or obsessing on the Internet (well, I am doing that) I’ve decided to read and watch some awesome Sci Fi. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Books

Vote for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

NPR asked their audience to nominate titles and series for a Top 100 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They were sent almost 5,000 nominations! They have narrowed down the list to a few hundred and need your help to find the 100 most popular titles. The results will be published on August 11.

From their list, my Top 10 choices are:

Colorado Authors Series: Dom Testa at Schlessman

Dom Testa

Award winning Colorado author, speaker, broadcaster, and philanthropist Dom Testa will be at Schlessman this Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

Testa hosts a top-rated morning radio show, speaks to schools and professional organizations all over the country, writes the best-selling Galahad book series for young adults, and oversees the non-profit educational foundation The Big Brain Club. He has won numerous awards for his writing and his radio program. The latest book in the Galahad Series is The Dark Zone. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Are You Afraid of 2012?

2012

In addition to its 2012 FAQ page trying to scientifically explain some of the science around predictions that the world will end in 2012, NASA has also released a list of what it deems plausible vs. implausible science fiction movies.

Most absurd:

1. 2012 (2009)

2. The Core (2003)

3. Armageddon (1998)

4. Volcano (1997)

5. Chain Reaction (1996)

6. The 6th Day (2000)

Happy Birthday, Isaac Asimov!

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920 and died on April 6, 1992. During those 72 years, he wrote or edited over 500 books and was published in nine out of the ten Dewey Decimal categories.*

Biographies of Isaac Asimov include:

Seasonal Reading

Do you have a favorite go-to read at this time of the year? For some folks, it's Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Possibly a religious text. Maybe it's a holiday story that someone read to you as a child. For the last few years, my traditional holiday read has been the nontraditional and very funny science fiction novella All Seated on the Ground by Colorado author Connie Willis.

If the words "science fiction" scare you and don't really put you in a holiday mood, just give me a moment to try to convince you to give this one a try.

MileHiCon42 Urges You Not to Panic

The 42nd annual MileHiCon blasts off this weekend, October 22, 23 and 24, and features over a hundred events including signings and panels, with Hugo-nominee Paolo Bacigalupi as toastmaster topping the bill. This event funds local literacy programs and includes art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and fun stuff for the wee ones too!

Attending authors include:

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