Con Survival Guide

If you are going to a Con for the first time, it can be hard to know what to pack and perhaps you would like a few tips for how to have an enjoyable convention.

Once again I am going to EasterCon or as it is called this year FollyCon in England. EasterCon is the British national science fiction and fantasy convention, run by fans. I will be on a panel about being new to EasterCon (Introduction to Eastercons), which inspired me to write a blog post about this subject.  Continue reading Con Survival Guide

All Systems Red

Beautiful cover by Jamie Jones

I don’t read novellas in one sitting, especially not 150 pages novellas – well apparently unless they are All Systems Red. The book was fast paced and funny. I have already pre-ordered the next one and am very much looking forward to May.

Opening sentence :

I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.

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The Lotus Palace

The historical romances I read are mostly set in Victorian/regency England, so I was looking for historicals set outside of this setting. I asked around and was recommended Jeannie Lin’s work. Historical China did sound like fun – though it turned out to be set in a different time period than I thought it was.

The setting made the book quite different from the other historical romances I have read this past year, and I quite enjoyed that.

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A Matter of Oaths

A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. WrightI don’t often read books that was published before 2000 – much less books from the 1980’s – not because I necessarily dislike reading older works, though they are often so problematic, but because I am busy reading the new books that come out. I did however pick up “A Matter of Oaths” after a recommendation of it from a trusted source. And boy was I glad that I did!

Opening sentence:

The web is based on a simple concept: a direct link between mind and machine.

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Disability in Science Fiction

Hammered by Elizabeth Bear, a great example of disability done well
Hammered by Elizabeth Bear, a great example of disability done well

Thought there are more stories these days with characters with disabilities, they are still a rarity. There can be many reasons for this but one of the ones we often hear cited is, well it’s the future, we will surely have fixed that by then. This idea that we can just solve disability with technology and medicine is what I want to talk to today. While I do not my self have any major disabilities this is a quite personal post to me.

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The Fifth Season

As part of my Hugo reading this year, I have been reading the first two books of The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin, as the second one, The Obelisk Gate is nominated for a Hugo this year.

It is one of the most powerful and dark books I have read in a long time. It was a very hard read, but a good one.

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