Wednesday, December 16, 2015

C. A. Higgins / Lightless / Brilliant Debut / Hard Sci-Fi / Social Sci-Fi

I love Hard Sci-Fi full of real science
I love Social Sci-Fi full of serious social issues
Do all of the above in one story
And Illuminate the Human Condition
What more could I ask for

Lightless by C. A. Higgins
Does it all

The Ship (the Ananke) is magnificent
Think big, as in Death Star big
We do not know it's purpose

On the ship a crew of 3
You heard me right, only 3 crew members
And an awakening computer

Althea, the engineer, designed much
Coded the computer
Ananke is hers and hers alone
Ananke is her child
Althea will protect her child

This book is on many Best of 2015 lists
With good reason

Music from 1988
Steve Earle / Copperhead Road

Scott Hawkins / The Library at Mount Char / Bizarre Twist Twisty Twisted Pleasure To Read

There is a Library
There are Librarians
Like nothing you have imagined

Scott Hawkins debut
The Library at Mount Char
Inventive merely hints at the brilliance here

You can't become complacent
The rules are always changing
The ante, your life
The stakes, always being raised

Carolyn and her peers
Spirited away as children
Raised by "father"
Each with their own library skill set
Some much more deadly than others

Father, perhaps God, or something else
Missing now
Turbulent times to be sure

I'm just not giving any spoilers here
Sometimes touching
Sometimes uber-violent
Sometimes both, often with a Bam! of Bazaar
This is a very unique read
You will be engaged

Ryan Adam / 1989
Covering Taylor Swift's CD 1989