Into the Book

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Sci-Fi


  1. Robert Heinlein’s Friday is a mixed bag of sci-fi tropes, missed opportunities, and casual vulgarity all sprinkled into a neat dystopian landscape filled with backstabbing, wars, and secrets. It’s a book that’s deeply conflicting: on the one hand, Heinlein has constructed a great, immersive world and asked some great questions of well-developed characters. On the other hand, there’s a lot that’s not worth reading and Heinlein often doesn’t answer his own questions. Friday is a circuitous book that winds around before finally resolving, and at the end of it all, I still can’t say if it was worth my time. Read on for more: (more…)

  2. There aren’t too many names in sci-fi bigger than Frank Herbert. Dune is his 1965 classic, a landmark in science fiction, and a ground-breaker for many novels to come. I may be fifty years late to the party, but even so, I enjoyed Herbert’s masterpiece, and found Dune a compelling story of humanity, loss, and prophecy that makes for the best sci-fi I’ve ever read. Read on for more: (more…)

  3. I will readily admit that when I first read That Hideous Strength I was not impressed. From 2010, past-Andrew wrote, “don’t even bother reading this one,” and “[That Hideous Strength] has very little plot connection with the first two books, and introduces totally different characters.” So I was tentative when I had finished Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, because that meant tackling That Hideous Strength once more. So did the book hold up under a re-read, or was I disappointed again? Read on for more: (more…)

  4. One dark and stormy night, after years of waiting for their missing scientist father to return, a stranger arrives on the doorstep of children Meg and Charles’ house. Dressed in funny old clothes and talking of things from another world, she sweeps Charles, Meg, and their friend Calvin into a dangerous adventure where they must face evil terrors whilst journeying through time and space to find their father. This is Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. (more…)

  5. If the Space Trilogy is often forgotten, C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra may be the least known of the three stories. It can be difficult to slog through a book that’s essentially one long conversation, and the last time I read the Space Trilogy I just breezed through it. This time, however, I took it more slowly, and got a lot more out of it. Perelandra is a unique book that tackles deep theological questions about redemption: the story may take second place to the philosophy, but it’s worth the effort nonetheless. (more…)

  6. C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy has never been as well-known as Narnia or his non-fiction writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your attention. Out of the Silent Planet has always been my favorite of the three: I take a look at how it stacks up these days. I’m a big sci-fi fan and have looked forward to rediscovering C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy. Read on for more:

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  7. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Love conquers all and Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree are a case in point. They overcame their parents’ animosity to become best of friends. They overcame the strict rules of the Imperial Academy to become the best pilots in the galaxy. Now, they are promising members of the Imperial Military with a marvelous life in front of them. Life has done its best to split them apart, but Thane and Cienna have won. Nothing can keep them apart.

    The destruction of the Death Star changed everything. (more…)

  8. Making decisions would be so much easier if you could jump a few years into the future to find how things will turn out. For instance, you would know that it was worth the bruises to defend your autistic friend from bullies. You would know that your employer wasn’t mad that you kind of went behind his back to volunteer for the cancer-curing implants. You would know to ignore that paranoid, little kid that worried the implants would provide the government with a means for taking over the world.

    Well, strike that last one.

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  9. A mysterious stranger from an alien race that’s not been seen for hundreds of years offers Louis Wu an assignment. His prize is a new propulsion technology that will allow the human race to escape from the galactic core explosion. His mission: explore the strange and unknown Ringworld. Accompanied by a human female and a kzin, Louis Wu accepts the puppeteer’s mission, and the four of them venture out of known space. (more…)

  10. Ender in Exile is a newer book from Orson Scott Card, author of the sci-fi classic Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game is some of the best sci-fi from the past thirty years: its masterful psychology and unexpected action are original and, in my opinion, enduring. I’ve reviewed the book twice before, and it still stands very near the top of my favorite sci-fi. I couldn’t resist a boxed set of Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Ender in Exile — a new book. For the most part, though Exile has an interesting story, it lacks the enduring qualities of its older brother. (more…)