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"If you only buy one science fiction book a year..." - by Jeffery A. Hellen (Hereford, AZ USA)
...this should be it. I've been following this series since the 1980s and believe this book is the best way to keep up with the current state of science fiction. The stories run the range from soft to ultra-hard, and reasonably short up to novella length. There's usually a couple stories I can't get into, but given the size of the volume that's never a problem; I just skip to the next one. The yearly wrap-up at the beginning covers the range of science media from books and magazines, film and television, and personalities and publishing. It's well worth your time.
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"Orson Scott Card's Favorite Science Fiction Stories" - by John M. Ford (near DC, MD USA)
These twenty-seven science fiction stories are those Orson Scott Card found memorable, enjoyable and influential. Card stratifies his collection by three eras of twentieth century science fiction: The Golden Age (beginning of the century to the mid-1960s); The New Wave (mid-1960s to mid-1970s); and The Media Generation (mid-1970s and onward). Readers interested in the genre's history might consult Adam Roberts' [[ASIN:0230546919 History of Science Fiction]] for a definition of these eras--and pre-twentieth-century periods that Card omits from consideration.

The Golden Age "includes the writers and stories that created science fiction as we know it." Of Card's nine stories, two stand out. Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe" explores the psychological connection between a biologically-engineered "remote" on Jupiter's surface and its human operator in orbit above. The still-current topic contrasts with a retro feel from "tubes and circuits" technology. Robert Heinlein's "All You Zombies--" guides us ... full review
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"A phenomenal book by a great author" - by James Walker (Birmingham, Alabama)
It's hard to put this book in one genre! Paranormal - yes! Science fiction- yes! Horror- a little! Psychological thriller - definitely! Historical fiction - yes! Religious - yes!

We've all probably wondered what it would be like to be immortal. This author invents a character that shows us how that might play out! This author has strong credentials as a powerful writer and this book adds to those significantly!

He did an amazing amount of research into characters that he weaves into the fabric of this book.

This book is one that I will probably want to read again, to be sure I don't miss something! I hated to have to put it down... the story keeps wanting to be told and you keep wondering what will happen next.

And I definitely recommend adding Audible narration... unbelievable performances by all readers that really bring the story ... full review
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"Original but very depressing" - by Keith Burton (Wyncote, PA USA)
Yeah, it was very well written, original, and earned its awards. But it's also one of the most depressing books I've read in years. So be sure you're in the mood for a downer about how human beings suck, and how everything we touch is destined to end in senseless violence.

Six hundred pages, a story that spans thousands of years, and every single character we meet is in it for themselves. There literally isn't anyone, human or alien, I'd trust to water my plants while I went on vacation, much less to watch my back in a dangerous situation. And the characters feel that way about each other, too.

I'm not sorry I read it, but now I need to go find something lightweight and fun to cleanse my palate.
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"INTERESTING" - by Allan G Christer
Early stage sci fi focusing on a sketchy corporate mission to Titan, with the usual nefarious dealings and well illustrated descriptions of a typical ISS staged trip into our system, with a 'new' propulsion system. Unexplained artifact, folded space, and a lack of alien communication may have set this up for a follow up which may explain more and develop the thesis.
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"Good follow-up, but read Vol. 1 first." - by T. S. (United States)
I first picked up the original printing of the first volume of this anthology when I was a small child, around ten years old, and the first story in it ("A Martian Oddyssey") was so good that I put the book back down and didn't read the rest of it for another year because I was afraid none of the other stories in there could possibly be as good.

The second two volumes took me years to track down; II B I managed to find in a sale of discards from my school library; II A I didn't find at all until Amazon came along.

The conceit of this series is that the Science Fiction Writers of America picked the best short stories, novellas, and novels from before the Nebula Awards were commenced in 1965, and published them as a hall-of-fame anthology. Volume 1 collected the short stories and volume II (A ... full review
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"Must Read for ALL Americans" - by Sparky
Must read for EVERYONE. This should be mandatory reading for every student and every parent. Really highlights how totally dependent we have become on electricity and electronics for our entire existence (food, water, communication, transportation, light, heat, food preservation, security...life) and how quickly and easily that can all disappear. Considering the times we now live in and the capabilities of our numerous enemies, we should all be calling our state and federal representatives to find out what they're doing to keep this from happening. The fixes are quite simple and relatively inexpensive. The federal government has been aware of this for more than a decade now, but have done nothing to protect our electric grid from cyber-terrorism or EMP (natural or man-made). Supercharged my prepping efforts. Couldn't put it down.
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"Highly recommend!! Even from a non sci-fi fan!" - by W. R. Fehling (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
I don't typically pick up sci-fi books so I was a bit skeptical when a friend recommended this book but thought I'd give it a try. I am SO glad I did! This book is incredibly well written and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Full of twists and turns, excellent characters you love and hate, and action scenes galore, this book is everything I was hoping for and more. Very clever, very unique, and I cannot wait for the next ones. Highly recommend!
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"A Perfect Beginning of a New Series" - by Brandon Z (Williamsport, PA USA)
This was an excellent first book of a new series, Legends of the First Empire, with a lot of potential from the author of one of my favorite series, the Riyria Revelations. I love how the author, Michael J. Sullivan, went about creating this series, where it's still the same world as his other books, but it's somewhere around 3,000 years in the past. This allows for a lot of interesting aspects of the book, one of the main ones being that even though it's a prequel, it's so far in the past that it avoids all of the prequelitis pitfalls that usually plague these kind of stories. Fan's of the author's previous books might see some Easter Eggs, especially recognizing some of the names in the book, but this story is essentially untold. It also allows Sullivan to explore a Fantasy Era that is seldom used in the genre. ... full review
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"Great Speculative Science-Fiction with a Noir Feel!" - by RDD
Andy Weir returns to realistic space travel of the near future in "Artemis", this time on the Moon. While "The Martian" focused primarily on a survival story set against the backdrop of a focused, Apollo-style mission, "Artemis" offers a glimpse of the larger technological, political, and cultural connections that would link different countries on Earth with a thriving city on the Moon. Weir's knowledge of physics, chemistry, and space technology adds credibility to his world-building and his choice to set this somewhere in the late twenty-first century ensures that his speculative technology has real-world analogues for readers to understand. Further, his blending of genres with elements of Westerns and noir added to the science-fiction trappings, offers a nice thematic touch.
"Artemis" follows Jazz Bashara, a smuggler living in the titular city who's looking to make enough money to make up for a mistake she made in her past. Bashara takes a ... full review
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"Thirty-Five Years of Excellence" - by golfer
This is my thirty-fifth edition of this series. (The first two or three were published by the Starling Press.) Science fiction has changed over time, but the excellence of these books remains steady.
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". . . Where are we going?" - by Phillip Tomasso III (Rochester, New York United States)
In 2003, I remember Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code's big release. It was met with immediate outrage. Churches opposed it. There were conspiracy theories, and accusations of blasphemy. The hype tsunamied across media outlets (this was a year before Facebook was even invented, and three years before Twitter struck).  So naturally, everyone was reading it. Wonderful, wonderful news for Dan Brown. He had written a book that demanded Controversy!

I tried reading it. The chapters were so long, and dry, and I didn't understand half what I was reading --or better put-- I just didn't care. The story did not hold my interest.

Then the movies started coming out, and I loved them. But I never went back and re-tried the books.

Until Origin. I bought a copy when it was released. I then proceeded to read it in three sittings. I devoured the book. Perhaps it is because of my love ... full review
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"Good follow-up, but read Vol. 1 first." - by T. S. (United States)
I first picked up the original printing of the first volume of this anthology when I was a small child, around ten years old, and the first story in it ("A Martian Oddyssey") was so good that I put the book back down and didn't read the rest of it for another year because I was afraid none of the other stories in there could possibly be as good.

The second two volumes took me years to track down; II B I managed to find in a sale of discards from my school library; II A I didn't find at all until Amazon came along.

The conceit of this series is that the Science Fiction Writers of America picked the best short stories, novellas, and novels from before the Nebula Awards were commenced in 1965, and published them as a hall-of-fame anthology. Volume 1 collected the short stories and volume II (A ... full review
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"I love this author and his writing skills" - by Amazon Customer Dave S. (Sanford NC)
I love this author and his writing skills. This book starts out slow and there are parts I didn't care for in the way the slaves were treated by the bad aliens. However, if you can get thru this book and onto the next in the series things improve as does the adventure and excitement. This book is necessary for the setting of the background. It's like starting a cold car in the middle of a Northern Winter, it takes awhile for the car to warm up.
Read this book and get ready for the future excitement.