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Classic Sci-Fi Recommendation: A Case of Conscience by James Blish

A Case of Conscience, a 1958 novel by James Blish, is one of the few sci-fi novels that really tackles religion and theology head-on, especially in a setting with aliens. I’ll admit that the writing is not stellar, despite the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin

The Dark Forest is the sequel to the The Three-Body Problem, which I reviewed previously. This is the second book in Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, the bestselling science fiction saga in China. The English translation came out … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Alright, so I was torn about reviewing The Windup Girl because I’m really not sure it’s fair to do so. I tried. I really did. But no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get into this book. For the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is considered one of the great American novels. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 65, odds are you read it in high school. Harper Lee’s loosely autobiographical portrayal of racial tension in the American … Continue reading

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Book Review: Archangel by Marguerite Reed

I can’t remember the last time I just picked up a book from a bookstore bookshelf without knowing anything about it besides what was on the back cover. In fact, of the many book reviews I’ve written on this blog, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin is one of the best-selling science fiction novels in China and is the first Chinese science fiction novel to be translated into English for a wide-scale Western audience. The translator, Ken Liu, is himself … Continue reading

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Fan Fiction Review: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

A very well-written and scientifically-minded retelling of Harry Potter has just been completed: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Fan fiction is in the news lately. This genre, in which fans of books, movies, or television shows like Star … Continue reading

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