Recently, I’ve been reading Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created by Laura Miller. It outlines literary works with the best world-building across history, from early myths to modern sci-fi/fantasy franchises. Inspired by this, I’d like to share with you some of the books with the most immersive settings I’ve ever read, books that had me walking their worlds long after I closed the pages. (I skipped the obvious ones like Harry Potter, which were of course featured in Literary Wonderlands.) Continue reading Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy
As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.
Does space travel and the possibility of discovering new worlds interest you? What about the unending ethical dilemmas of cloning? If you also appreciate Science Fiction when it focuses on personal inner conflict and the day-to-day aspect of life in at the lonely edge of the galaxy, then Joe M. McDermott‘s The Fortress at the End of Time might be right up your alley.
Continuing with the theme of Sci-fi Summer, I thought I would tell you all a bit about the second book I completed for my reading challenge. Empire in Black and Gold, the first installment of the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, is really more of a high-fantasy work with sci-fi elements, including steampunk and military sci-fi. Instead of elves and orcs, you have various Peoples with insect-inspired traits, powers, and strengths. The Wasps, for example, can fly and produce stinging fire from their hands, and are an aggressive and military people. They are poised to take over the Lowlands, and only the old Beetle Stenwald Maker and his young protégés see the threat. Can they open the eyes of the Lowland leaders and stop the invasion before it’s too late? You’ll have to read the series and see. Continue reading Book Review: Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
On May 14th, women writers won the lion’s share of accolades, winning in all but a single category of one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious awards.
Ah, three of my favorite words: feminist, sci-fi, and free. What could be better than each of these? All three together, of course! While at the Brooklyn Book Festival last weekend, I heard about this awesome opportunity to score some free e-books.
Nicole Quinn is the author of a new science fiction series called The Gold Stone Girl. The third book in the series, Rewire, is being released today! In celebration of her new release, Quinn is making her first two books available to download for free from Amazon for five days, starting now! Continue reading Download Some Free Feminist Sci-Fi!
Whenever I get really into a genre, I like to explore its roots. This helps me understand the tropes and clichés of the genre, and references that more recent publications might make. So, since I know many of you geekettes love a good science fiction book, let’s talk about some of the genre’s classics. Continue reading Top 5 Sci-Fi Classics
Looks like it’s back to work for Brian Konietzko! One half of the creative duo behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, Konietzko just announced his next project: Threadworlds, a graphic novel following aspiriting scientist Nova as she sets off on an adventure to explore the universe.
Beloved and award-winning British writer Tanith Lee, whose literary talent graced numerous genres from science fiction to fantasy and horror, passed-away on Sunday, May 24th. Lee was 67 years old.
When I finished reading Octavia’s Brood, I was at a loss for words. I knew I had to somehow make my thoughts coherent to write this post, but all I really wanted to do was run around waving the book in people’s face shouting “Read this! Absorb this! Take this in and truly imagine all of the radical possibilities this book offers!” Mostly I just wanted to flail and shout “Read it now!” to everyone and no one all at once.
For those of you who haven’t heard about this book yet, the full title is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and it is an anthology edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha. The title is a reference to Black science-fiction author Octavia Butler (as well as a reference to her Xenogenesis trilogy, also known as Lilith’s Brood), and the book was recently included on io9’s “Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in April.” The official release date was March 15th, but it’s still making its way to store shelves in some places.