Posts under ‘Science Fiction’

The Martian by Andy Weir (Audio Book)

Five words from the blurb: Mars, astronaut, alone, survival, rescue The Martian was on the “Best of 2014” list of many bloggers I trust, so I bought the audio version. I’m so pleased that I did as it is one of the most entertaining stories I’ve ever listened to. It is basically a survival story, […]

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Audio Book)

  Five words from the blurb: death, knowledge, life, before, mystery Harry August was born in 1919, but when he dies he is born again at exactly the same moment – with a complete knowledge of everything that happened during his previous lives. He discovers a small number of other people who experience the same […]

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Five words from the blurb: missionary, leaving, wife, adventure, worlds The Book of Strange New Things is an impressive book. It is nearly 600 pages long, but the intensity of the emotion means that it never drags and so seems much shorter. The book centres on Peter, a missionary who travels to another planet to […]

Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes

Five words from the blurb: Earth, species, starfaring, space, future I hadn’t heard of this book until I read about it in Moondust a few weeks ago. Intrigued by the idea of an astronaut writing a scientifically accurate sci-fi novel, I ordered a copy from my library. I’m pleased that I did because this is one […]

The Shadow Speaker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Five words from the blurb: 2070, mysticism, West Africa, survival, magical  Earlier this year Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu won the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death. It sounded really interesting, but a few people on twitter suggested that her earlier novel, The Shadow Speaker, was even better and since it was available in my local […]

Speed of Dark – Elizabeth Moon

I love reading books that feature autistic characters and so ordered Speed of Dark the moment Judith mentioned that it was one of her favourite books set in the future. Speed of Dark is set in the near future, at the moment they find a cure for autism. The book follows Lou, a man with autism, who […]