Finished reading “Edge World (Undying Mercenaries Book 14)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 18th 2020.
Goodreads A lonely planet circles a star on the very border of Province 921. Critical resources produced there are claimed by both the Mogwa and the Skay. War between the Galactic giants becomes more likely every day. James McGill and Legion Varus are deployed to protect Edge World, a planet that rotates at a walking pace.
Finished reading “Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries Book 2)” by Martha Wells, first published May 8th 2018.
Goodreads It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
Finished reading “Ready Player Two (Ready Player One Book 2)” by Ernest Cline, first published November 24th 2020.
Goodreads An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready? Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible.
Finished reading “Alien III: An Audible Original Drama (Alien Series)” by William Gibson, first published May 30th 2019.
Goodreads Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise. Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.
Finished reading “Heaven’s River (Bobiverse Book 4)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 24th 2020.
Goodreads Civil war looms in the Bobiverse in this brand-new, epic-length adventure by Audible number-one best seller Dennis E. Taylor. More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate - whatever the cost.
Finished reading “Terminus (Threshold Book 4)” by Peter Clines, first published January 30th 2020.
Goodreads Murdoch’s past has finally come crashing down on him. His former girlfriend. His Family. He’s been happily avoiding them for ages, trying to live something close to a normal life. But now he’s been drawn back into another one of their ludicrous attempts to bring about the end of all things. Chase has spent the past year just trying to get away.
Finished reading “Head On (Lock In Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published April 17th 2018.
Goodreads John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers.
Finished reading “Space Force” by Jeremy Robinson, first published October 27th 2018.
Goodreads Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn’t follow the rules, or…slept with the wrong general’s daughter. Three times.
Finished reading “Lock In (Lock In Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published August 26th 2014.
Goodreads A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
Finished reading “Dead Moon (Threshold Book 3)” by Peter Clines, first published February 14th 2019.
Goodreads In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one.
Finished reading “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein, first published December 1959.
Goodreads The historians can’t seem to settle whether to call this one “The Third Space War” (or the fourth), or whether “The First Interstellar War” fits it better. We just call it “The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were “incidents,” “patrols,” or “police actions.” However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an “incident” as you are if you buy it in a declared war…
Finished reading “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” by Nick Carr, first published August 1st 2019.
Goodreads A teenage genius with a big imagination, Wally just moved to Savannah, GA from Maine with his mom, who adopted Wally when he was an infant. In this charming and sweet solo show, Wally investigates a hiccup in the spacetime fabric of his neighborhood which is causing a number of strange events and occurrences.
Finished reading “Level Five (Killday Book 1)” by William Ledbetter, first published July 17th 2018.
Goodreads In the mountains of Pakistan, a high-tech mission aimed at preventing another nuke on US soil goes off the rails - with deadly results. At a Wall Street investment firm, a computer intelligence takes the first tentative steps to free itself from its digital restraints. In a basement workshop, an engineer sees visions of a god who instructs him to defend the human race - by any means necessary.
Finished reading “Reverse Transmission” by Param Anand Singh, first published October 24th 2018.
Goodreads Reverse Transmission is a darkly comedic story that combines elements of science fiction and dystopian thrillers, centering on a murder spree involving a self-driving car. Jay, a starving artist, gets the only day job she’s qualified for: “Experience Enhancement Specialist” for a self-driving car at the rideshare company Awooga. The job turns from hilariously awkward to intensely frightening when the car runs over a pedestrian and manipulates Jay into disposing of the body.
Finished reading “Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light” by Stan Lee, first published June 27th 2019.
Goodreads Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light introduces listeners to a mysterious young woman, Nia, whose fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson, whose quest for YouTube stardom takes him to the heart of the Great Lakes Triangle where he is imbued with the power to “see” and “hear” a new reality.
Finished reading “Glass World (Undying Mercenaries Book 13)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 20th 2020.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. More than a century has passed since the glorious day of Earth’s annexation. Struggling to hold on to a handful of planets in the frontier provinces, humanity is at war with Rigel.
Finished reading “Alien: The Cold Forge (Alien Series)” by Alex White, first published April 24th 2018.
Goodreads A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place.
Finished reading “Children of Ruin (Children of Time Book 2)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published May 14th 2019.
Goodreads The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Long ago, Earth’s terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered.
Finished reading “2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey Book 1)” by Arthur C. Clarke, first published June 1968.
Goodreads On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system. But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong… One of the greatest-selling science fiction novels of our time, this classic book will grip you to the very end.
Finished reading “Junk” by Les Bohem, first published February 28th 2019.
Goodreads Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project.
Finished reading “Annihilation (Southern Reach Book 1)” by Jeff VanderMeer, first published February 4th 2014.
Goodreads Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
Finished reading “Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3)” by Liu Cixin, first published 2010.
Goodreads Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation.
Finished reading “Clone World (Undying Mercenaries Book 12)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.
Goodreads James McGill is called upon for a sabotage mission, one that only a man of his unique talents can handle. Unfortunately, he performs too well, and our enemies from Rigel are enraged. They come for us, and war is declared. Both sides call for aid, and it comes from the Core Worlds in the form of two great fleets.
Finished reading “The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 2)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.
Goodreads This is the second novel in the “Three Body” near-future trilogy, written by China’s multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are exposed to the enemy.
Finished reading “Recursion” by Blake Crouch, first published in 2019.
Goodreads A mind-bending new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and The Wayward Pines trilogy. Barry Sutton is driving home from another long shift as an NYPD detective when the call comes in. A woman is threatening to commit suicide, and someone’s got to try to talk her down. Only as he stands on the rooftop, mere inches away from her, does he realize that the woman is infected with False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious disease that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
Finished reading “All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.
Goodreads Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can’t stay out of trouble. They’ve created enough colonies so humanity shouldn’t go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition.
Finished reading “For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.
Goodreads Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe. Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets.
Finished reading “The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 1)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.
Goodreads ThreeBody Problem is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.
Finished reading “Armor World (Undying Mercenaries Book 11)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.
Goodreads In a twist of fate that rocks the Galactic Empire, James McGill finds himself negotiating the future of a thousand inhabited worlds. An artificial object made of compressed stardust is barreling toward Earth. Is it an invasion ship? A doomsday weapon? Perhaps it’s the final response of Squanto, the Warlord of Rigel who McGill has repeatedly humiliated.
Finished reading “14 (Threshold Book 1)” by Peter Clines, first published in 2012.
Goodreads Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches. There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.
Finished reading “The Island of Doctor Moreau” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1896.
Goodreads Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror.
Finished reading “Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Alien Series)” by James A. Moore, first published in 2014.
Goodreads The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley’s legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.
Finished reading “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, first published in May 1898.
Goodreads First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, “No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s.
Finished reading “The Martian (The Martian Book 1)” by Andy Weir, first published in September 27th 2012.
Goodreads Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Finished reading “Earth Below, Sky Above (The Human Division Book 13)” by John Scalzi, first published April 9th 2013.
Goodreads At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth.
Finished reading “Foundation (Foundation Book 1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1951.
Goodreads For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future – to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire – both scientists and scholars – and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations.
Finished reading “The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (The Human Division Book 12)” by John Scalzi, first published April 2nd 2013.
Goodreads United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act that had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery - or it could threaten her own life.
Finished reading “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1897.
Goodreads On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room?
Finished reading “A Problem of Proportion (The Human Division Book 11)” by John Scalzi, first published March 26th 2013.
Goodreads A secret backdoor meeting between Ambassador Ode Abumwe and the Conclaves Hafte Sorvalh turns out to be less than secret as both of their ships are attacked. Its a surprise to both teams but its the identity of the attacker that is the real surprise, and suggests a threat to both humanity and The Conclave.
Finished reading “Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs Book 2)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published March 20th 2003.
Goodreads Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution. But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own.
Finished reading “This Must Be the Place (The Human Division Book 10)” by John Scalzi, first published March 19th 2013.
Goodreads Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations - to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career.
Finished reading “Finished reading “We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 20th 2016.
Goodreads Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state.
Finished reading “The Observers (The Human Division Book 9)” by John Scalzi, first published March 12th 2013.
Goodreads In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanitys two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more.
Finished reading “The Stars My Destination” by Alfred Bester, first published in 1955.
Goodreads In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people “jaunte” a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.
Finished reading “Starship Pandora” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads The mysterious alien race known as the Ancients vanished before Earth’s last ice age - but not before building interconnected rings that form a highway system across the galaxy. Humanity has used these rings for years but has never figured out how to build its own, or even how to alter the connection pattern. Now, the Imperial starship Pandora is on a mission to discover and explore new interstellar connection points.
Finished reading “Storm World (Undying Mercenaries Book 10)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads James McGill is sent to the Core Worlds! In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World.
Finished reading “The Sound of Rebellion (The Human Division Book 8)” by John Scalzi, first published March 5th 2013.
Goodreads The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enoughbut theres a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.
Finished reading “Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga Book 1)” by Orson Scott Card, first published in 1985.
Goodreads Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly.
Finished reading “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884.
Goodreads Abbott used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, for which the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students. Several films have been made from the story, including a feature film in 2007 called Flatland.
Finished reading “The Dog King (The Human Division Book 7)” by John Scalzi, first published February 26th 2013.
Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.
Finished reading “Children of Time (Children of Time Book 1)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published June 2015.
Goodreads A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome it’s dangers? WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars.
📚 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1) by Douglas Adams (1979) ★★★★☆
Finished reading “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1)” by Douglas Adams, first published October 12th 1979.
Goodreads Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Finished reading “The Back Channel (The Human Division Book 6)” by John Scalzi, first published February 19th 2013.
Goodreads The Conclave is a confederation of 400 alien races - many of whom would like to see the Colonial Union - and the humans inside of it - blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war.
Finished reading “Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Book 1)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published February 28th 2002.
Goodreads Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
Finished reading “Tales from the Clarke (The Human Division Book 5)” by John Scalzi, first published February 12th 2013.
Goodreads Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she’s showing off holds suprises of its own…and it’s not the only one with secrets.
Finished reading “I, Robot (Robot Series Book 0.1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1950.
Goodreads The three laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Finished reading “A Voice in the Wilderness (The Human Division Book 4)” by John Scalzi, first published February 5th 2013.
Goodreads Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days hes watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. Its everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch?
Finished reading “Autonomous” by Annalee Newitz, first published September 19th 2017.
Goodreads The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9!Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who cant otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
Finished reading “We Only Need the Heads (The Human Division Book 3)” by John Scalzi, first published January 29th 2013.
Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwes missions are fated to crossand in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.
Finished reading “Walk the Plank (The Human Division Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published January 22nd 2013.
Goodreads Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he came to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.
Finished reading “The B-Team (The Human Division Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published January 15th 2013.
Goodreads The opening episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi’s new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man’s War. Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Unions future.
Finished reading “Blade Runner (Blade Runner Book 1) (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)” by Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968.
Goodreads A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity.
Finished reading “Paradox Bound” by Peter Clines, first published September 26th 2017.
Goodreads Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town’s still got a video store, for God’s sake. So why doesn’t Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he’d ever admit it, but maybe he’s been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who’s roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires.
Finished reading “All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries Book 1)” by Martha Wells, first published May 2nd 2017.
Goodreads In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.
Finished reading “Alien: River of Pain (Alien Series)” by Christopher Golden, first published November 25th 2014.
Goodreads Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 - resting place of the Nostromo and the xenomorph she first encountered - has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.
Finished reading “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells, first published May 7th 1895.
Goodreads So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears.
Finished reading “Island” by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1962.
Goodreads In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there.
Finished reading “Alien: Out of the Shadows (Alien Series)” by Tim Lebbon, first published December 17th 2013.
Goodreads As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns.
Finished reading “Dark World (Undying Mercenaries Book 9)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the three hundred rebellious worlds they left behind. But many light years away on the far side of disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They’re stealing our planets, one at a time.
Finished reading “Blood World (Undying Mercenaries Book 8)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2017.
Goodreads A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep three hundred rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth’s legions are sent to BLOOD WORLD. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat.
Finished reading “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, first published in 1954.
Goodreads Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
Finished reading “Alien: Covenant (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published May 23rd 2017.
Goodreads Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.
Finished reading “Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Book 7)” by B.V. Larson, first published June 13th 2017.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn’t been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.
Finished reading “Damocle” by S.G. Redling, first published May 28th 2013.
Goodreads When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet—a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns—is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society.
Finished reading “The Dispatcher (The Dispatcher Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published October 4th 2016.
Goodreads One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper.
Finished reading “Artemis” by Andy Weir, first published November 14th 2017.
Goodreads Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Finished reading “Alien: Covenant Origins (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published September 26th 2017.
Goodreads The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying two thousand colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is make-or-break investment for the corporation-and for the future of all mankind.Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission.
Finished reading “Home World (Undying Mercenaries Book 6)” by B.V. Larson, first published May 24th 2016.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill’s legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path.
Finished reading “Death World (Undying Mercenaries Book 5)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 27th 2015.
Goodreads Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It’s a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World. In the fifth book of the Undying Mercenaries series, the war comes home, and aliens strike a devastating blow.
Finished reading “Will Save the Galaxy for Food (Jacques McKeown Book 1)” by Yahtzee Croshaw, first published February 14th 2017.
Goodreads A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival! Space travel just isn’t what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren’t needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he’s sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue.
Finished reading “Machine World (Undying Mercenaries Book 4)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 9th 2015.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion.
Finished reading “Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Book 3)” by B.V. Larson, first published August 1st 2014.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world.
Finished reading “Dust World (Undying Mercenaries Book 2)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 23rd 2014.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government.
Finished reading “Area 51 (Area 51 Book 1)” by Robert Doherty, first published February 10th 1997.
Goodreads Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51. The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The President doesn’t know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake….
Finished reading “Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Book 1)” by B.V. Larson, first published November 4th 2013.
Goodreads In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn’t the only requirement for survival.
Finished reading “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, first published in 2013.
Goodreads The Circle is the exhilarating new audiobook from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
Finished reading “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch, first published July 26th 2016.
Goodreads “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows.
Finished reading “Starfire” by B.V. Larson, first published November 6th 2014.
Goodreads Two ships launch, but only one can come home with the prize—and no one suspects what they’ll find when they get out there. On June 30, 1908 an object fell from the sky releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history—or something else.
Finished reading “The Fold (Threshold Book 2)” by Peter Clines, first published June 2nd 2015.
Goodreads Step into the fold. It’s perfectly safe. The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.
Finished reading “Demon Star (Star Force Book 12)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published August 3rd 2015.
Goodreads Three stars, three worlds, three civilizations…one massive war. In a triple star system, not all planets are equal. When the DEMON STAR swings closest in her orbit, the Insectoids always invade. They raid the inner worlds with grim regularity, riding hordes of stealthed ships in ever growing waves.
Finished reading “Exile (Star Force Book 11)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published September 20th 2014.
Goodreads Lost and cut off from Earth, the crew of the starship Valiant seeks a way home. In the eleventh book of the Star Force series Cody Riggs collides with the overwhelming power of the Ancients. They fly incomprehensible ships and consider humans to be curiosities. Caught between ghosts of the past and demons of the present, Cody is abandoned by everyone.
Finished reading “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne, first published November 25th 1864.
Goodreads Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of literature’s earliest works of science fiction. It vividly animates a fantastical subterranean world as an intrepid crew, led by the eccentric Otto Lidenbrock, traverses the planet’s core and its various bizarre obstacles: giant mushrooms and insects, a herd of mastodons, prehistoric humans, a treacherous pit of magma, and more.
Finished reading “Outcast (Star Force Book 10)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published May 1st 2014.
Goodreads Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged—but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep in OUTCAST.
Finished reading “The Dead Sun (Star Force Book 9)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 1st 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases.
Finished reading “Storm Assault (Star Force Book 8)” by B.V. Larson, first published July 10th 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time…but that’s about to change. In STORM ASSAULT, the eighth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials—but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.
Finished reading “Annihilation (Star Force Book 7)” by B.V. Larson, first published February 15th 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force.
Finished reading “Empire (Star Force Book 6)” by B.V. Larson, first published October 6th 2012.
Goodreads In EMPIRE, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens.
Finished reading “Battle Station (Star Force Book 5)” by B.V. Larson, first published May 2nd 2012.
Goodreads In BATTLE STATION Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity’s grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home.
Finished reading “Conquest (Star Force Book 4)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 13th 2011.
Goodreads Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how? In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost?
Finished reading “Rebellion (Star Force Book 3)” by B.V. Larson, first published August 22nd 2011.
Goodreads REBELLION is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines–but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small.
Finished reading “Extinction (Star Force Book 2)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 28th 2011.
Goodreads Earth’s Star Force marines invade an alien world! In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission-one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force’s Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.
Finished reading “Swarm (Star Force Book 1)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 23rd 2010.
Goodreads Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.
Finished reading “The Last Town (Wayward Pines Book 3)” by Blake Crouch, first published July 15th 2014.
Goodreads Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.
Finished reading “Wayward (Wayward Pines Book 2)” by Blake Crouch, first published September 17th 2013.
Science Fiction Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden…except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry.
Finished reading “Pines (Wayward Pines Book 1)” by Blake Crouch, first published August 21st 2012.
Science Fiction Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America - or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone.
Finished reading “Armada” by Ernest Cline, first published July 14th 2015.
Science Fiction Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion.
Finished reading “Ready Player One (Ready Player One Book 1)” by Ernest Cline, first published August 16th 2011.
Science Fiction It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
Finished reading “Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2)” by Suzanne Collins, first published September 1st 2009.
Science Fiction Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty.
Finished reading “The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Book 1)” by Suzanne Collins, first published September 14th 2008.
Science Fiction Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.