Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
In case you missed it, earlier this year Orson Scott Card released Ender in Exile, a novel that takes place directly after the events of his award winning book, Ender’s Game. This book details the time Ender Wiggin spent as the governor of a human colony founded on a world whose civilization he helped to destroy.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Once every ten years the gates of the decenarian math open for apert, a ten day event in which the cloistered fras and suurs of the maths go out into the world and discover what has happened in the ten years since the previous apert. After this apert however, world events occur that require the knowledge and skills of these avout. What follows is a whirlwind ride across continents and space in order to save the planet of Arbre.
The Ashes of Worlds by Kevin J Anderson
Published last year, this is the final novel in the Saga of the Seven Suns series. The series begins with Hidden Empire, where humans are busy with the task of colonizing and exploiting the known universe. To their knowledge, there are only two alien races: the extinct Klikiss and the Ildirans, who have helped humans in their endeavors. Lives will change when humans experimenting with Klikiss technology awaken a dormant alien species intent upon war.
Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
A race of aliens appears one day and tells the world that many years ago they wronged mankind. For atonement, they wish to give twenty-one volunteers a tour of seven planets to witness what they’ve done. What those volunteers discover will change our civilization.
The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko
A high school senior is approached by a doppelganger of himself and is offered a device that will allow him to travel to other dimensions. It isn’t until he’s already used the device that he discovers the catch: the device is only one way.
Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
These authors continue Frank Herbert’s incredible Dune saga. This novel follows Dune Messiah, first published in 1969.