The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman

Rating: 7.9 (out of 10) On the surface, the mythology surrounding alien abduction is no different from any other conspiracy theory: the complete lack of physical or circumstantial evidence, wild speculation in place of verifiable fact, sophisticated (but easily debunked) pseudo-scientific hypotheses, and, most importantly, a deep emotional attachment by conspiracy theorists to their “truth” – a … Continue reading The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman

Pawn (A Chronicle of the Sybil’s War: Book 1) by Timothy Zahn

Rating: 4.6 (out of 10) Pawn is the story of Nicole, a teenage alcoholic and sometime criminal who is whisked away by aliens from her dead-end life on Earth to a living spaceship called the Fyrantha, where she discovers she is a Sybil – a rare human with the ability to communicate with the ship. Working … Continue reading Pawn (A Chronicle of the Sybil’s War: Book 1) by Timothy Zahn

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Rating: 4.4 (out of 10) Now that A Closed and Common Orbit has received a Hugo nomination for Best Novel, it would seem that Becky Chambers fandom is inescapable. That’s really not such a terrible thing. She’s basically invented an entirely new sub-subgenre of science fiction – the Rainbows & Hugs Space Opera (RHSO, for short) … Continue reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

Rating: 7.9 (out of 10) For all its potential as an outlet for progressive thought, mainstream science fiction only occasionally takes up the issue of labor rights. Notable examples are few and far between: in the movies we have Lang’s Metropolis, a genuine masterpiece, and Blomkamp’s Elysium, which is genuinely not; H.G. Wells classic novel The Time … Continue reading Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells