The Peshawar Lancers

December 16, 2008

Author: S. M. Stirling
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: ROC

Started: 12/16/08
Completed: 12/25/08

My brother Matt loaned me this book. It is an alternative-history novel based on the premise that a natural disaster in the latter half of the 19th Century interrupted history. The novel is set in a 21st century that is still using steam-based technology. It is a good adventure story and an interesting sorta-science-fiction story.

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His Majesty’s Dragon

October 30, 2008

Author: Naomi Novik
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Started: 10/30/08
Completed: 11/3/08

This is the first in the Tremeraire Series that my brother Matt pointed me toward. I started the series by reading the third in the series; I found that at the bookstore before finding this one at the library.

This is a great book. Probably better than the third, to be honest. But in any case, I’m on the lookout for the second book.

Stardust

October 28, 2008

Author: Neil Gaiman
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Harper

Started: 10/27/08
Completed: 10/29/08

I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan and I loved the movie that was made from this novel a few years ago. So when I spotted this edition on the shelf in the “Science Fiction” section of my bookstore while I was looking for the dragon series I just tried, I had to grab it. It’s fast read, but great fun.

Making Money

October 13, 2008

Author: Terry Pratchett
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Harper

Started: 10/13/08
Completed: 10/20/08

I am a Terry Pratchett fan. When I saw this on the shelf at my local bookstore I snatched it up. Pratchett writes amusing science fiction about a world — Discworld — in which vampires and other “monsters” are just part of the populace. His Discworld novels are great fun and take a delightfully skewed view of life. And this one is a fine example of the genre. A very fun read.

Author: S. M. Stirling
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Tor

Started: 4/24/08
Completed: 4/30/08

It has been a while since I pulled a science fiction selection from the shelves. I was not being hugely inspired by my most recent visit to the Lewes Library, though, and the title of this one seemed interesting; it seems like a quote of something from the recent past, but I can’t think what.

I am also interested to see where science fiction is these days. As a youngster, I read widely among the classics of the genre, and the pulp of my youth (the 1970s). What is happening in this area of fiction in the 2000s?

This novel is set on a Mars that was “terraformed” long, long ago and supports an advanced, but decaying humanoid civilization. Visitors from Earth get caught up in local political intrigue. It is an interesting and well-written novel.