Review: The Expanse: Origins edited by James S.A. Corey

Favorite Story “Naomi Nagata” by Georgia Lee (illustrated by Huang Danlan): This isn’t Naomi’s “origin story,” which is covered very well in the books themselves. Instead, it shows us the first introduction between Naomi and Amos prior to the events of the books/television show. I loved the growth shown by both characters even in suchContinue reading “Review: The Expanse: Origins edited by James S.A. Corey”

Review: Homeworlds (SG-1/SGA Traveler’s Tales #3) edited by Sally Malcolm

Disclaimer: I am friends with the editor and multiple authors in this collection; I purchased a hardcopy of this book from one of the authors for full price. Favorite Story “The Mysteries of Emege” by Jo Graham: I could say that the ending of this story had enough emotional impact to bring me to tearsContinue reading “Review: Homeworlds (SG-1/SGA Traveler’s Tales #3) edited by Sally Malcolm”

Review: The Churn (The Expanse #3.5) by James S.A. Corey

Despite it’s placement in the series order recommended by Goodreads, I’m glad that I read “The Churn” after book 8, Tiamat’s Wrath. Names are important in this book, and Amos hasn’t always been known as Amos Burton. In a way, this novella is as much about Earth as it is about Baltimore, and as much aboutContinue reading “Review: The Churn (The Expanse #3.5) by James S.A. Corey”

Review: “The Butcher of Anderson Station” (Expanse #0.5) by James S.A. Corey

I’m on a mission to read all the short fiction installments in The Expanse series before season 4 of the television show premieres in December 2019. This story was a good place to start, especially if you’re a fan of both the books and television version of this series. It does a lovely job ofContinue reading “Review: “The Butcher of Anderson Station” (Expanse #0.5) by James S.A. Corey”

Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews

This is an older book by the authors, and I’m impressed by how far their writing ability has come (though this wasn’t poorly written by any means). They’ve always been excellent storytellers though, and this novella stands out in this regard. The society worldbuilding here reminds me a lot of the Hidden Legacy series, thoughContinue reading “Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews”

Starbase Indy 2019 Schedule!

This Thursday, while my family stays home and eats delicious food, I’ll be boarding a flight to Indianapolis for my first Starbase Indy! I’m looking forward to checking out a new con, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. For the majority of the convention, you can probably find me in the Writer’sContinue reading “Starbase Indy 2019 Schedule!”

Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price before I ever met her in person! Favorite Story: “Seder in SPACE” is a short science-fiction story that embodies one of things I find in the best science-fiction stories — that the more things change, the more things stay theContinue reading “Review: Seder in Space and Other Tales by J.D. Blackrose”

Con Report: Capclave 2019

Note: If you are here to find a copy of my alternate history presentation, see below! I spent a lovely weekend in Rockville, Maryland, as part of Capclave 2019! Highlights included being on panels with both guests of honor (Robert Sawyer and Martha Wells) and giving my alternate history presentation to a small but participatoryContinue reading “Con Report: Capclave 2019”

Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger

As someone who regularly speaks at writing and fandom conventions about the topic of “genre blending” or “genre blurring” in contemporary writing, I have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Carriger’s science-fiction/romance/mystery is certainly one that I will now hold up as a great example of how to blend things right. This novel couldContinue reading “Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger”

Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books

Disclaimer: I am friends with the majority of the authors in this collection. I won my hardcopy in a raffle basket supporting an academic scholarship. This science-fiction romance collection was an excellent summer read. The stories themselves were a mixed bag for me, with a few being stand-outs. Favorite Stories “The Pirates and the Pacifist”Continue reading “Review: Love Across the Universe by Stars & Stones Books”