Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott

I recommend the story collection Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott. The stories offer glimpses of life in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a largely black settlement founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. In “Good Times,” a troubled man with a wife and child finds his wayContinue reading “Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott”

Review: City of Mirrors a satisfying conclusion to The Passage Trilogy

Seriously, don’t read this if you don’t want spoilers. It’s been six long years since “The Twelve” (which came out only two years after “The Passage”), so don’t let this review spoil your own anticipation. OK? Got it?

Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’

What is the future of science fiction? It could be in the pages of Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell Eligible Authors. You can download the book here: http://www.badmenagerie.com/ Hurry up, though, the download will only be available until March 31, 2016. What is a “Campbell Eligible Author” you may ask? These areContinue reading “Why you should download the massive, free e-book ‘Up and Coming’”

Book review: The Fear Index by Robert Harris

The Fear Index by Robert Harris My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fun, though at times, implausible read about how a computer genius works for a hedge fund and creates a powerful algorithm that learns not only how to work the stock market, but how to leverage information it can glean from all sortsContinue reading “Book review: The Fear Index by Robert Harris”

Book review: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Little People are Watching You “If something really existed, you had to accept it as a reality, whether or not it made sense or was logical. That was his basic way of thinking. Principles and logic didn’t give birth to reality. Reality came first,Continue reading “Book review: ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami”

Slate Picks make a great pick

Slate has a new feature called Slate Picks, and under the heading “Science Fiction That Can Change Our Future” they asked contributors what books they would recommend for the 2016 presidential candidates. The list of books includes such well-known and respected authors as Margaret Atwood, Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, and Samuel Delaney.Continue reading “Slate Picks make a great pick”