The Winter Queen, by Devin Cary

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Berkley Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? On his deathbed, Elissa’s young husband names her as regent, the one to protect the kingdom of Albor until their five year-old son comes of age. The dying king might truly …

The Martian Race, by Gregory Benford

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Warner Books Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Confronted with the task for writing the story of man’s first visit to Mars, I imagine far too many writers would elect for the 500+ page epic. Fortunately, Benford …

Sailing to Sarantium, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I wanted to like this book. I really did. But in the end I can’t help but conclude that it was a pretty disappointing piece of work. Sailing to Sarantium …

Cosmonaut Keep, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Perhaps it was inevitable that my ever escalating expectations for MacLeod’s books would eventually get the best of me. I enjoyed Cosmonaut Keep, but not nearly to the …

Dune, by Frank Herbert

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ace Published: 1965 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? My computer crashed, keeping me away from my precious hacking and in a strange way sucking out my life force. I have been singularly unmotivated to do anything, including read …

Strange Travelers, by Gene Wolfe

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a solid collection of Gene Wolfe short stories. They are a diverse lot, having only excellence in common. I’ll admit that I’m really not a …

The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a hardcover I bought on a lark because I was feeling prosperous after a big run-up in my stocks. Well, now my net worth is about half …

The Faded Sun Trilogy, by C. J. Cherryh

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This trilogy works well as an omnibus novel. The three books tell a single tale with really no logical break between them, something I imagine annoyed people at the time. …

Orion Arm, by Julian May

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Those of you who read my review will recall that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked May’s light adventure Perseus Spur. Well now she’s back with a …

A Case of Conscience, by James Blish

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher:┬áDel 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 …

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 …

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 …