When Hidden Figures came out in 2016, it changed my view of science in a lot of ways. In my head scientist – especially rocket scientists are men, unless I am told otherwise. Hidden Figures, helped me see how weird and unhistorical that vision has been. Mary Robinette Kowal takes the world Hidden Figures showed us and plays in it. The story is set in an alternate past where events conspired to make exploration of space move much faster.
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I was inspired by Gail Carriger to do a post about what I enjoyed in 2013. This will be a mix of short stories, books and comics I enjoyed last year. Since I didn’t start this blog til September last year, I will draw on my goodreads reviews as well as the posts here.
As I said in an earlier post I read 87 books last year and GoodReads says I read 151 things all together, so I had plenty to choose from. I have decided that if I only read the newest book in the series this year, I might still recommend the series because I love long series. The reads are in no particular order.
Title: METAtropolis: Green Space
Author: Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Scholes, Seanan McGuire
Published: 2013 by Audible Frontiers
Read: October 28. to
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
Status: First reading
Genre: Science fiction, near future
Title: Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass & Without a Summer
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Glamourist Histories
Published: 2010 to 2013 by Tor Books
Status: First reading, November 11 – 13
Genre: Gaslight fantasy, regency era, historical fantasy, alternate history, fantasy of manners
Title: METAtropolis: Cascadia
Author: Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder & Ken Scholes
Published: 2010 by Audible Frontiers
Read: October 25. – 28. 2013
Length: 13 hours
Status: First reading
Genre: Science fiction
The setting of the second book is Cascadia, the truly green city of the Metatropolis world that is in the middle of a soft apocalypse. The world is post-industrial, post-capitalist, post-national. The first volume was all about how to create a livable world in that setting, this second book is set around 2070. The world is changed and quite different but also recognisable.