philipa asked for some book recommendations, so here are a few!
Science fiction magazines: I love Interzone and have received sample packs of Analog and Asimov’s. In case it’s not obvious, I am partial to science fiction over (many, perhaps most subgenres of) fantasy.
Short story collections: Other Household Toxins (literary flash fiction by one of the masters of the form, Chris Allen) and Tales from the Realm (a dark fiction “Best of” collection from Aphotic Realm):
Nonfiction (on Clarissa‘s recommendation):
And, finally, plenty of sci-fi and dark/weird fiction that I have yet to read, but am optimistic. I hadn’t read Octavia Butler’s classic Kindred before, which is a shame, but there you have it. Claire North is one of my favorite writers (her book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is among my all-time faves) and I’m looking forward to what she’s got in store this time with 84K. Passing for Human is hilarious as cutting satire. Stay Crazy won a top British award. All Systems Red is part 1 of a series. The Unyielding is a body horror novella that drew me in based on its premise.
Finally, I am forbidden (by me) from buying new books until I’ve read the books above. The exceptions are the new books by Becky Chambers and John Scalzi, both of whom I love. So these have been preordered:
Happy reading! And please leave us your own recommendations in the comments.
Stories of your life by Ted Chiang has a bunch of awesome novellas, among them the story that the movie “arrival” was based on. The movie botched the ending so I strongly recommend reading the story first.
I just finished Circe by Madeline Miller. It was a beautiful feminist retelling of the epic life of the Greek goddess. I loved it!
Ooo, I have been wanting to expand my sci-fi reading list (I tend to gravitate toward fantasy). Thank you!
Hi dandisnow, here are some of my all-time speculative faves (all beautifully written and character driven, mostly sci-fi):
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
A Closed and Common Orbit
(both excellent, parts 1 and 2 of a series; part 3, Record of a Spaceborn Few, is coming out this summer)
Nnedi Okorafor (she’s all-around awesome):
The Binti Trilogy
The Book of Phoenix
Ancillary Justice (first and best in a trilogy; the other two are Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy)
You can also check out John Scalzi (the Old Man’s War series, the Lock In/Head On near-future series, and the new Collapsing Empire series). His standalone novel Redshirts won a Hugo and was the first from him I read and I loved it.
I also like almost everything from Charlie Stross (Neptune’s Brood comes to mind).
Oh, thank you! I will add them to my Goodreads. 🙂
Thank you for the info