Tag: science fiction

INVICTUS: A Wild Ride Through Time for Teens

INVICTUS: A Wild Ride Through Time for Teens

Lynn: Ryan Graudin has created another high-octane science fiction thriller in Invictus (2017). Unlike the alternate histories presented in Graudin’s earlier novels like Blood for Blood and Wolf by Wolf,  Invictus takes on time travel. Born outside of time to his time-traveler mother and a Roman gladiator, Farway Gaius McCarthy dreams not only of becoming a time traveler, […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult

Book Trailer Thursday: LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND

The clicking, gurgling, coffee-table shaped alien vuuv originally landed on Wrigley Field sometime in the early 1950s. Promising advanced technology, state-of-the-art healthcare, and a coveted spot in the “Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance,” the vuuv effortlessly secured human compliance. Decades later, however, the human economy has collapsed, the environment is desiccated, and high school senior Adam Costello […]

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STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

Lynn: When you’re the new kid in town, finding friends can be tough. Mike Lawrence takes an out-of-this-world look at the issue in his recent graphic novel, Star Scouts (2017).  Barrel-racing, rodeo loving Avani Patel is having an especially hard time fitting into her new school, so her well-meaning dad signs her up for Flower […]

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

The Westworld Finale: A Reading List for Dolores

Warning: this post contains spoilers for and will mean nothing to those who haven’t watched the season finale of Westworld. Proceed at your own risk! Ready to wake up, Dolores? There’s a reason Arnold named you Dolores, you know. Dolor means suffering in Latin. But it can also be interpreted as resentment—and you have a lot […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Phoenix

This week’s trailer opens like an episode of The Twilight Zone: ethereal mist slowly trickles over a black screen as a hushed narrator describes Lucky’s strange dream-ventures into space. The background jingles intensify as the constellations brighten, and Lucky—drawn like a two-toned comic character—reaches for a white-hot star. Suddenly, he awakes in his corporeal form, his bedsheet […]

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Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Lynn: As Cindy knows, to her sorrow, I am far from being technologically adept. I admit this to encourage any of you who might feel a bit reluctant to jump into a book about a high-stakes technology competition among teen computer geniuses. I was certianly unsure about starting Genius: The Game (2016) by Leopoldo Gout, especially since it’s packed […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
2016 Hugo Award Winners

2016 Hugo Award Winners

On Saturday, the Hugo Awards announced their 2016 winners. As i09 notes, women—particularly women of color—were the night’s big winners, taking home seven awards. This feat was made all the more notable due to a vocal bloc of sci-fi fans and authors actively dedicated to limiting diversity among nominees. For the backstory on the fracas, check out this […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The August issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 348 new reviews and 15 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care […]

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Battlefield Earth

This summer, Galaxy Press is re-releasing a special, twenty-first century edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth in both print and audio. In the trailer, a riveting score ramps up the battle’s import while video game-like spaceships bomb a city. The result is very cinematic, which is especially fitting for an audiobook that includes sound effects, musical scores, and 67 actors playing 198 […]