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Throwback Thursday: Caliban’s War

Bok cover: Calibans War - James S A Corey (a space station above a planet, red background sky)Six months after Eros, the solar system still hovers in uneasy peace as it watches Venus to see what the protomolecule will do next. Can UN Deputy Undersecretary of Executive Administration Chrisjen Avasarala keep the nervy planets focused on the greater threat?

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Bite-sized Books: Binti – The Night Masquerade

Book cover: Binti The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor (a black woman with blue tentacle hair looks at an object in her hands)As Binti struggles to adjust to the zinariya, she is overwhelmed by visions of her family in mortal danger. With no sign of Okwu, she and Mwinyi rush back. Can the master harmonizer who sits at the nexus of so many cultures bring peace, or is her legacy to be only conflict?

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Embers of War: the start of an epic space opera

Book cover: Embers of War - Gareth L Powell a spaceship flying away from a reddish planetThe last war ended in an atrocity. The Trouble Dog resigned her post afterwards, seeking redemption in salvage. Now she’s the closest craft to a civilian distress call, summoned to the carven worlds of the Gallery with a mess of former enemies aboard. Has anybody put the war behind them?

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Throwback Thursday: Leviathan Wakes

Book cover: Leviathan Wakes - James S A Corey (a spaceship nearing an asteroid)There’s a secret being kept in the outer reaches of the Belt – a secret worth killing for. Soon a washed-up detective from Ceres and a ramshackle salvage crew will find themselves at the heart of a system-wide conspiracy that could shatter the uneasy peace between Earth, Mars and the Belt. If only they could stop asking awkward questions…

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The Expanse Read-along: Persepolis Rising – Week 4

Book cover: Persepolis Rising - James S A Corey (who would have guessed - it's a close up of a spaceship in flight)Separated by the Gate and a terrifyingly dangerous spaceship, the dissidents aboard Medina and the final fleet of the Solar System prepare to bring the fight to the Laconians. But Holden is in enemy hands…

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Bite-sized Books: Binti – Home

Binti and Okwu have settled into life at Oomza Uni – in so far as they can as a Meduse and a Himba with blue tentacles for hair. Troubled by nightmares and erratic rages, Binti becomes convinced she needs to go on pilgrimage to be ritually cleansed. She needs to go home.

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The Expanse Read-along: Persepolis Rising – Week 3

Book cover: Persepolis Rising - James S A Corey (who would have guessed - it's a close up of a spaceship in flight)Everything comes at a price. As Saba and the resistance put Bobbie’s plans into action, Singh tries to reconcile his authoritarian instincts with his idea of the man he is – and who he would like to be. Meanwhile, Drummer and the coalition must try to contain the Heart of the Tempest – and its terrifying weapon.

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The Expanse Read-along: Persepolis Rising – Week 2

Book cover: Persepolis Rising - James S A Corey (who would have guessed - it's a close up of a spaceship in flight)The Laconian heel is firmly on the back of Medina’s neck this week, as Governor Singh flexes his authoritarian muscles and the Belters’ reflexively push back. Holden and Naomi must decide what to do with their future now their options have narrowed dramatically; whilst Drummer gets unexpected advice on securing a future for all of humanity…

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Bite-size Books: All Systems Red

Book cover: All Systems Red - Martha Wells (a battle droid)SecUnits are standard issue, one per ten humans on a corporate deal that you can’t opt out of if you wish to survey a new world. They’re not well equipped and they’re not very clever, but they’ll rip themselves apart to protect their clients.

Well, most of the time.

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The Expanse Read-along: Persepolis Rising – Week 1

Humanity has settled the stars. Earth has almost recovered from the Free Navy’s genocidal assault. The Alliance have nearly rebuilt their depleted navies. The Belters’ Transport Union controls traffic to all the colonies beyond the Gates. Except one. And the Gate to Laconia is about to re-open. Mars’s wayward children are ready to return, and they have their own vision for the future of humanity…

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SciFi Month Round-up: it’s been a great month

SciFi Month 2017 has been epic: over two dozen bloggers, nearly 100 reviews plus nearly 100 other posts for chats, discussions, giveaways, interviews and more! We’ve celebrated space opera and cyberpunk, classic SF and Star Wars, and if we haven’t loved everything nothing has soured our delight in the genre. I’ve loved every minute. I hope your TBR has grown as fast as mine.

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Top Ten Tuesday: winter SF TBR

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we have fun making bookish lists. This week it’s time to get excited about our winter reading!

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