Category Archives: Science fiction

The Doomed City, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

The first indication that something is seriously wrong in the city is the arrival of the baboons.  They appear without warning at the garbage dump by the hundreds, rapidly fanning out through the rest of the city and wreaking havoc … Continue reading

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Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

I am nowhere near as versed in science fiction as I am in horror fiction, and recently I’ve been trying to remedy that somewhat, in particular focusing on science fiction by Russian and Eastern European authors.  Back in March I … Continue reading

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Hiroshi Yamamoto’s MM9

I don’t recall how I came across Hiroshi Yamamoto’s fun monster-hunting novel MM9 (2007).  Perhaps it was a recommendation for me on Amazon, based on my more recent forays into translated science fiction, such as Metro 2033 and Roadside Picnic?  In any … Continue reading

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Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Ever since I read Dmitry Glukhovsky’s sublime 2005 novel Metro 2033, I’ve been interested in reading more Russian science fiction.  The next natural choice was the classic 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It’s a bit daunting to … Continue reading

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John Wyndham’s Stowaway to Mars

Even if you don’t know John Wyndham‘s name, you are familiar with his writing.  Wyndham (1903-1969) wrote a number of incredibly famous and influential science fiction novels, including two that have been adapted for screen several times: The Day of … Continue reading

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Metro 2033, by Dmitry Glukhovsky

It’s a pretty rare occurrence when a videogame inspires and moves me enough to read a book, but it happened recently.  The videogame — actually, videogames — are Metro 2033 (2010), and its sequel, Metro: Last Light (2013).  Both were … Continue reading

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Jennifer Foehner Wells’ Fluency

Been away from blogging for a while due to work and stress — going to start catching up on my book blogging! A massive, mysterious alien craft is spotted in solar system, seemingly dormant.  A team of scientists and astronauts … Continue reading

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