Deepdrive, by Alexander Jablokov

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow, William & Co Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? I’ve been a fan of Jablokov’s ever since reading his first short stories in Asimov’s. I really liked his first novel, Carve the Sky, which was “baroque” …

A Case of Conscience, by James Blish

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? A Case of Conscience won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. And for good reason. If I might generalize a bit, a lot of science fiction seems to be implicitly …

White Queen, by Gwyneth A. Jones

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by C. Douglas Baker Have you read this book? Set in 2039-40 A.D., this novel of first contact creates an almost credible near future earth and avoids the cliche of vastly superior aliens swooping down to subjugate …

Quarantine, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1994 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? A nice, satisfying novel written against the backdrop of a 21st century Earth where nanotechnology exists, you can upload custom software mods to your brain, and the solar system …

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Bill Sheehan Have you read this book? In the introduction to his 1973 collection, Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison stated that “when belief in a god dies, the god dies,” yielding, inevitably, to deities who reflect …

Rules of Conflict, by Kristine Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I liked Kristine Smith’s Code of Conduct a lot and apparently so did a lot of other people, because Smith was nominated for the John W. Campbell …

Foundation’s Fear, by Gregory Benford

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Prism Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Michael Lichter Have you read this book? Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy is one of the great classics of science fiction. Spanning a period of several thousand years, it tells the tragic story on one hand of an …

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1989 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? For some little time a top-recommended book for me has been Bridge of Birds. As it was published in 1984, I was somewhat skeptical of my ability to find it: however …

Brightness Reef, by David Brin

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Spectra Published: 1995 Review Posted: 2/7/2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Brightness Reef is the latest of David Brin’s “Uplift” series of novels, which began with his first novel, Sundiver, originally published in 1980. (Many of his …

Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Spectra Published: 1987 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Iain M. Banks has built an impressive reputation of what might be called (if one dared) “Literary Space Operas”, which is to say, Science Fiction set in space, usually …

The Last Hawk, by Catherine Asaro

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Catherine Asaro’s latest Skolian novel is The Last Hawk. This takes place roughly at the same time as the action of her first novel, Primary Inversion, but on …

Grendel, by John Gardner

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Random House Published: 1971 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? John Gardner was a scholar of Anglo Saxon literature-not to mention one of the finest American novelists of the late twentieth century. His widely acclaimed novel, Grendel, first released in …

Ribofunk, by Paul Di Filippo

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Have you read this book? Why not rate it? In this loosely interconnected collection of short stories, DiFillipo has created a world after my own heart, a transgenic world in which the advances …

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating To Say Nothing of the Dog is one of Connie Willis’ time travel stories, sharing a milieu with her award-winning novelette “Fire Watch” and her award-winning novel Doomsday Book. I’m very fond of …

Realware, by Rudy Rucker

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: William Morrow & Co Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Rudy Rucker’s fiction is concerned with mathematical anomalies and the manipulation of consciousness, the creation of new beings from the cross-fertilization of materials technology, computer science and biotech, and the lives of …

Teranesia, by Greg Egan

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating This book takes a slightly different tack on one of my favorite science-fictional themes: the evolution of the human race. Ever since I first read Dune as a pimple-faced boy, I’ve thought that …

Zeitgeist, by Bruce Sterling

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Bantam Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating Leggy Starlitz, the pragmatic, overweight, harried protagonist of Zeitgeist, living out the tail-end of the 90’s in a dizzying succession of escapades ranging from the outlandish to the merely prosaic, is the Twentieth Century in …