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SFF180 — New YouTube Series

I am proud to announce SFF180, the companion YouTube channel of In March 2015 it passed its first 1000 subscribers. All new-release titles I review will now recieve both text and video reviews.

MAILBAG MONDAY: Showcasing all new review copies received for each week.



  • New The Three-Body Problem / Liu Cixin Three and a half stars (added 4/19/15)
    A virtual-reality game and a mysterious message from deep space herald an alien invasion in this Hugo-and-Nebula nominated hard SF mind-bender from Chinese bestseller Liu Cixin, gracefully translated by award-winning author Ken Liu.
  • New The Buried Giant / Kazuo Ishiguro Three and a half stars (added 4/01/15)
    The haunting, eerily beautiful yet often emotionally troubling odyssey of an elderly Briton couple living in post-Arthurian medieval England, who set out on a journey to reunite with their son, across a bleak landscape shrouded by a fog that causes everyone to lose their memory.
  • Lagoon / Nnedi Okorafor Four stars (added 3/16/15)
    Aliens land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria, in this energetic and wildly entertaining mashup of SF and the New Weird by World Fantasy Award winner Okorafor.
  • Trigger Warning / Neil Gaiman Four stars (added 2/3/15)
    Unquiet ghosts and fading memories, secrets and lies, the monsters that lurk deep within ourselves, and the blurred lines between imagination and real life — these are the stories and poems that make up Neil Gaiman's newest collection.
  • The Mirror Empire / Kameron Hurley Four stars (added 11/17/14)
    Hurley's fourth novel is a career-defining work set on a world surrounded by a magically-infused dark star and facing the threat of invasion from an alternate-universe counterpart of itself. Bold, audacious, gender-bending epic that forces a rethinking of many tropes we have been trained to accept from the genre.


  • Lock In / John Scalzi Three and a half stars (added 7/7/14)
    A plague has left millions suffering from "locked in" syndrome, their conscious minds trapped in paralyzed bodies. But as technology has arisen to give them freedom and mobility once more, a new social and economic order has come about, and with it, new tensions — and new crimes.
  • The Martian / Andy Weir (added 3/17/14)
    A freak accident leaves a lone astronaut stranded on Mars in this suspenseful and meticulously researched hard SF debut in which not a single note rings untrue.
  • A Darkling Sea / James L. Cambias Three stars (added 2/20/14)
    On an icy oceanic moon where human scientists are studying an intelligent aquatic civilization, a tragic mistake causes tensions to escalate between the humans and the alien Sholen, whose laws against noninterference are very strict. Could even war be in the offing? Confident old-school hard SF with expected first-novel hiccups.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Neil Gaiman (added 4/28/13)
    Another eerie piece of bedtime baroque by perennial fan-favorite Gaiman, in which a man recalls his childhood experiences with a curious family of women protecting their little corner of the world from invasive evil forces. Gaiman has a history of prioritizing style over substance, but here he's found the right narrative for his haunting, poetic visions.

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