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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More