Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This quarter in Sci-fi

1) Protector by Larry Niven has a very relaxing and smooth flow. Simple, unadulterated and enjoyable 80's Sci-fi.

2) The Scar by China Mieville. Another Mieville classic. This story is set on a pirate ship, complete with science-fantasy, steampunk and magic. Loads of sugary goodness, like his other novels.

3) The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. What happens when 2 masters work together? You get a Hard Sci-Fi masterpiece. If every action you make were to be visible later in the future with the help of wormhole cameras, would we still lie, commit crimes and injustices? A thought provoking novel. We talk about Facebook, Google and privacy. Hah! You should read this book. The issues in the novel are way more complex. Society and species level.

4) Ilium by Dan Simmons. A fat book, you have been warned. A strange mix of sci-fi, Greek gods, Trojan war, Shakespeare and post humanism. Too bad this is just part 1. I would say, it's almost as good as Hyperion.