Science Fiction

07/28/2016 - 11:12am
If you like The Martian by Andy Weir...

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The Martian by Andy Weir
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 and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? (from publisher)

If you liked The Martian, you may like these titles:

Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold (Book One in the Artemis Awakening series)
The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed, and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay. But the Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later, humanity has lost much of their advanced technology, and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archaeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. His journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet's secrets...and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind. (from publisher)

06/14/2016 - 2:49am
Cover to The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill

They call it “Draco Incendia Trychophyton,” or Dragonscale. It’s a disease—a perpetual plague—that is wiping out the world with its intricate black and gold tattoos scrawled across its chosen, ill-fated bodies. At first, its carriers believe it to be harmless, maybe even a beautiful illness.

But then, your body bursts into flames. Spontaneous combustion is now a real thing.

05/06/2016 - 2:21pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Comics Enthusiast and Podcaster Nick Stephens

"I live in Fredericksburg with my wife, and I have a Chihuahua and a Brussels griffon. I play in a rock band called Sequels, and I host a podcast called Comic Cons about anything comic book-related where we review comic book movies. I also host a podcast called Real to Really?!? about movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s."

02/25/2016 - 8:21am
Speak by Louisa Hall

I have a challenge for readers of Speak, by Louisa Hall. Read the first chapter and stop. Ask yourself, is the narrator human?

12/16/2015 - 11:14am
Crochet Yoda

Not really, but I wish the Force were strong with me. However, my love of Star Wars is strong, even if I won’t go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night (crowds, *shudder*). Despite this, I will not temper my enthusiasm! I have crocheted a Yoda and an R2D2. I am preparing to brave the theaters and the crowds to see the movie. Just not on opening night.

12/11/2015 - 1:59pm
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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The Marian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: "Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red Planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars-- and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world, with its ancient, dying race and vast red-gold deserts, cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever." (Book summary)


Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....  (catalog description)

Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison

Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF  (catalog description)

05/28/2015 - 12:01pm
Cover to Snow Crash

Science fiction offers a rich history and has gone through many changes since its birth almost 200 years ago. The genre is so much more than mere aliens, robots, and time travel. It allows us to address complex issues in an accessible way.

03/27/2015 - 9:43am
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Steampunk is a genre that imagines what would happen in a society where technology is powered by steam instead of electricity. Many steampunk novels grapple with our fear of technology and explore what technology can do to us or make us do.  

12/30/2014 - 2:09am
The Girl With All the Gifts By M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey, is one of my favorite books of 2014. It's an adult science fiction novel about a 10-year-old girl named Melanie who goes to a special school. She develops a deep love for one of her teachers named Miss Justineau who has also developed a deep affection for her student. Please don’t read anything on the book’s jacket description. Instead, let the story unfold like a flower.

07/22/2015 - 5:23pm
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

What if you could go back and fix one mistake in your life? That's the premise of Seconds. Bryan Lee O'Malley's follow-up to his graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim seamlessly blends fantastical themes with realistic internal conflict.


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