The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough. 480 pages. Del Rey Books. This book is pretty impressive for a debut novel. It’s polished and is very detailed. It’s also a unique idea. The concept of a space elevator or a skyhook, a stationary orbiting station that is hooked to earth and allows materials to be … More Review: “The Darwin Elevator” by Jason M. Hough
Armada by Ernest Cline. 372 pages. Broadway Books. Armada is a classic example of when you buy a book by an author simply because they hit it out of the park on another book that they wrote. It’s also an example of a one-hit wonder. Here’s the Amazon description: From the author of Ready Player One, … More Review: “Armada” by Ernest Cline
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey. 532 pages. Orbit Books. If you’re a fan of The Expanse on SyFy or the book series, you’ll be familiar with the byline of James S.A. Corey, who writes the terrific futuristic series about mankind expanding beyond the solar system and fighting among itself. This is the fifth book … More Review: “Nemesis Games” by James S.A. Corey
NaNoWriMo is coming along swimmingly. So far, I’m ahead of schedule. I’m not killing myself off, both because I don’t have to and because I don’t want the quality of my writing to suffer (too much). But I wanted to take a moment to think about projects that didn’t make the cut. Sometimes you write … More Where do you bury the bodies?
Ruhanna’s Flight and Other Stories by Jeanette O’Hagan. By the Light Books. 259 pages. Once again, I have joined the group of Christian speculative writers on Goodreads who have agreed to honestly review each other’s books, and once again, I am glad I did. Ruhanna’s Flight is a collection of short stories that is unlike … More Review: “Ruhanna’s Flight and Other Stories” by Jeanette O’Hagan
Omega by Jack McDevitt. Penguin Books. 493 pages. This is a good book, don’t get me wrong. In fact, I am a big fan of Jack McDevitt and his hard science fiction stories. His books Chindi, The Engines of God, and Deepsix are some of the most realistic, far-future hard science fiction space stories I … More Review: “Omega” by Jack McDevitt
In 2012, I decided for the first time to join the crazy international project known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those who are familiar with it. Each November, hundreds of thousands of would-be authors are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Because it was my first time, and because … More Keep It Simple? Or Complex?