Cherokee America by Margaret Verble (Historical Novel, 2019). Maud’s Line, Margaret Verble’s debut novel, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. I haven’t read that one, but I gather it was, like Cherokee America, a historical novel inspired in part by the novelist’s family history. As Verble explains in a 3-page Author’s Note after the book, Cherokee America‘s plot is entirely […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cherokee America"
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Historical Novel, 2019). An award-winning author of both Asia-focused history and best-selling fiction, Lisa See explores the once interconnected then diverging lives of a pair of free-diving women from the Korean island of Jeju. In the process, we experience the island’s unique culture and often painful histories, both […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Island of Sea Women"
Alliance Rising by C. J. Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher (SF Novel, January 2019). Co-writing with spouse Jane S. Fancher, multiple Award-Winning SF superstar C. J. Cherryh returns to her long-running Alliance-Union Universe with this fine novel. The action centers around Alpha, orbiting Bernard’s Star and thus one of the nearest space-stations to Earth. Humans began […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Alliance Rising"
Mission to Methone by Les Johnson (SF novel, February 2018). A lot of near-future space-centered fiction is focused on the prospect of asteroid mining–or at least, as in this case, that theme is used a springboard into the plot. In 2065, Chris Holt is a (so-far) Earthbound scientist using robotic probes to survey various space rocks […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Mission to Methone"
Vessel by Lisa A, Nichols (SF Novel, May 2019). This debut novel is another near-future space-adventure. A mysterious disaster has struck the NASA spaceship Sagittarius after it passed through a wormhole to study a distant planet as a possible site for colonization. Out of contact for years, it was long presumed lost. But now it returns via the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Vessel"
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds (SF Novel, March 2019). I’m likely to catch flak from purists by tagging a time travel novel as “hard SF.” But in this case the author has gone all-out to present a fairly rigorous theoretical basis for how it’s achieved. No physical bodies are dispatched to what used to be part of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Permafrost"
Relic by Alan Dean Foster. (Far Future SF Novel, 2018). A veteran and best-selling author published in a wide range of genres, but most famed for his SF work, Alan Dean Foster sets this thoughtful yet exciting book quite far in the distant future. How far distant? Well, the spreading of humanity through space to colonize […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Relic"