Tag: space

Prepping for the Space Readathon!

This week is the Space Readathon, an annual readathon run by Sanne at the YouTube channel booksandquills. I’ve never participated before, but when I saw her video this year I thought I just had to join in! The …

39. ‘Space Opera’ by Catherynne M. Valente

This book is absolutely nuts. That’s not an original opinion – it was written to be that way – and it’s a good thing! I dove into Space Opera when I was in the height of a personal crisis, …

37. ‘Gateway’ by Frederik Pohl

Gateway drew me in with its solid sci-fi grounding: space exploration, alien technology and characters living on the verge of earth-shattering discoveries. Unfortunately, it was published in 1976, so it really is the epitome of ‘great sci-fi, shame …

23. ‘Consider Phlebas’ by Iain M. Banks

Here’s a quick story about why you shouldn’t be a snob about genre fiction. Several years ago, I walked past my local Waterstones and saw that Iain Banks would be speaking there. I’d read The Wasp Factory around that …

18. ‘Ancillary Sword’ by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword is the second in Ann Leckie’s award-winning ‘Ancillary’ series, following on from Ancillary Justice (which I’ve reviewed here). I had mixed feelings about the first book – partly because it’s really complex, hard-going sci-fi – and I thought …