I've never been the biggest Kim Stanley Robinson fan, and having read the Arthur C Clarke nominated 'Galileo's Dream' I couldn't see that changing any time soon, but...
I've been a fan of Pilar Alessandra's 'On The Page' screenwriting podcast for a couple of years, she has great guests, gets right to the heart of whatever the subject is and the stuff that gets surfaced is always really insightful and really useful but best of all she makes it really fun.
Leoni is a troubled teenager from a wealthy family. Following yet another argument with her parents Leoni hides out in her room to get high but accidentally overdoses, tipping her into an extraordinary out-of-body experience...
Le Guin's writing has long been amongst the best that the fantasy genre has to offer and her love of the craft of writing, of words and and the interplay between words is obvious to anyone who has read her work, so I picked up this short tutorial work with great interest.
There's been a clutch of historical/genre mash-ups hitting the shelves recently, the first of which was probably Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and while I can see the appeal I've not read any of them...
The final book to be reviewed from the shortlist for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature is a satirical, often dark and laugh-out-loud funny tale that harks back to science fiction's golden age while simultaneously taking a good natured dig at it.
After the tour de force that was The City & The City it's fair to say that expectations for Kraken are high, and while it does squarely meet those expectations, it is a very different animal indeed.
In the far future, in a desperate attempt to avoid the catastrophic effects of global warming, people from the west started to move en mass to the frozen north, to places like Northern Siberia and Northern Alaska.
China Mieville Wins The 2010 Arthur C Clarke Award For Science Fiction Literature for the third time.
And so we come to the next of the books shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award For Science Fiction Literature, Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson, a weighty tome indeed and probably the only 'literary' work on the list.