Tune in to the EcoNews Report podcast to hear the latest episode! The EcoNews crew talks with Humboldt’s own Becky Chambers, author of the Hugo-award winning Wayfarers series, about what it means to write optimistic stories in our fearful time, her own startling success (Chambers started the first book in the Wayfarers series, The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet, as a Kickstarter project), and how she thinks and writes about potential futures in which we all belong: “Science fiction is never actually about the future, it’s always about now." #humboldtcounty#sciencefiction#sciencefictionbooks#beckychambersbooks#beckychambers#EconewReport
Wish I could define a whole new genre, something that we can call a LIFE genre to define 'Planet of Troy', as our lives cannot be limited to science only, so as a novel that is created from our life-buildings thoughts and created with future-building intentions
Diabolic - Vom Zorn geküsst (von #sjkincaid ) ————————————Ein sehr interessantes Buch. Ich muss zugeben, manchmal schien es mir ein wenig zu kompliziert, weil das einfach ein vollkommen anderes Universum für mich war und es gab auch Momente, wo mir schwindelig wurde, weil ich mich daran erinnern musste, dass das alles meistens in Raumschiffen und nicht in der freien Natur gespielt hat, aber im Endeffekt ist es doch sehr empfehlenswert. Während des Lesens muss der Leser persönlich viel nachdenken, weil es sehr viele Intrigen gibt (und zwar nicht nur von der Hauptperson). Oftmals wurde kompliziertes Denken der Autorin dargestellt und ich muss sagen: Ich habe einen wahnsinnigen Respekt vor S.J. Kincaid. Ich bewundere Menschen, die auf so überwältigende Ideen kommen und so weit vorausdenken können. Ich bin wahrlich schockiert...Aber natürlich im guten Sinne. Ich habe sehr viel mitgefiebert. ———————Eine Diabolic ist erbarmungslos, stark, kaltblütig und tötet für die, die sie beschützen muss. Eine andere Art zu leben kennen Diabolics nicht. Das ist ihr Platz im Universum. Als Nemesis, eine junge Diabolic, erfährt, dass ihre Schutzbefohlene als Geisel an den Imperialen Hof berufen wird, zögert sie keine Sekunde, sich an ihrer Stelle in die Hände der Feinde zu begeben. Getarnt als zarte Senatorentochter reist sie an den Hof - ein Ort der Intrigen, der Dekadenz und der Gefahr. Doch während Nemesis immer tiefer in tödliche Machtspiele verwickelt wird, regt sich in ihr etwas, das nicht sein darf: ein Funke von Menschlichkeit - und von Liebe ... —————————- #diabolic#diabolicbook#sf#siencefiction#sciencefictionbooks#bücherwurm#jugendbuch#jugendbuchtipp#buchempfehlung#buchrezension#buchnerd#buchverrückt
Strange one, this. Half a dozen threads all loosely tied together with a sci-fi/dystopian theme running across them. Can’t help feeling the jumping around somehow detracts from the overall impact when more time could have been spent with the overarching protagonist ’Luke’. 3.5/5
[Eigenwerbung] Heute habe ich den Probedruck zu Akkretion bekommen. Leider zusammen mit einem Migräneanfall. 🤯 Jetzt geht es mir langsam besser und ich kann mich wirklich freuen. 😍
Es fühlt sich absolut surreal an, das erste eigene Buch in den Händen zu halten. Ich bin total glücklich, dass ich diesen Traum wahr werden lasse, auch wenn mich die Aufregung derzeit total in den Wahnsinn treibt. 😱 Es muss noch eine Kleinigkeit am Cover geändert werden, aber innen sieht das Buch sehr schick aus. ❤️
Nach meinem Urlaub nächste Woche geht es in die ernste Phase. Ich lade alles bei BoD hoch und wähle das Veröffentlichungsdatum. Und ich zeige euch endlich Klappentext und Cover. Ab dem 1. März könnt ihr euch generell auf einigen Input zum Buch freuen. Bisher habe ich mich noch nicht so getraut. 😅🙈
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Beta reads are a strenuous activity. First, you have to source people who are willing to read an imperfect draft. These volunteers sacrifice their time, effort and energy to ensure the story will land with audiences— some have probably participated in the past, only to be met with vindictiveness for their honesty (I see this happen more than is needed to mention it). I am usually able to find a couple at best, but ended up with a blessing when it came to Atlas.
Being the middle volume, it was super important to me that new readers would neither be disoriented in the narrative, or have to backtrack several books to grasp what is essentially a standalone novel. Therefore, all of my betas except two went in blind, so we could root out what needed more exposition.
I have nothing but gratitude for these four individuals who are presently sifting through broken syntax and a million little inconsistencies to tell me what needs improvement. The point of this post is to say that no matter if one comes back and says they ****ing hate it, I’m not going to lose my shit — everyone is entitled to an opinion, and they have my thanks for nothing more than expressing it. Instead, I’m going to pivot back to what they had issues with, and try to mitigate those factors. 🐉
If you receive opinions that differ from “this is amazing” or “best book ever” and find yourself upset— you are using your beta readers wrong. 💫
Do you have experience being a beta reader, or hosting a beta read? How did it go?
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𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴, 1972
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 is the telling of how the Electron Pump came to be and how it affected humanity in the late 21st century. The premise is that an alien culture in another dimension discovered how to transport certain elements from our universe to theirs, and after giving humans instructions, we did the same. The result was that each side received free energy. The problem was that this process could have long term catastrophic results.
This book, which I consider to be hard science fiction, is divided into three sections, and while the Electron Pump drives the story, Asimov uses it equally as a vehicle to explore other concepts. The first section, taking place on Earth, explores theories about the strong nuclear force of particles, the second is a thoughtfully imagined view of the alien's physiology in their dimension, and the third section, back on the moon in the humans' dimension, focuses on what a moon colony would look like and how the inhabitants would live.
Typical of Asimov's writing style in some of his other books, there is a common story element that connects the sections (here the Electron Pump,) but in some ways, they almost read like stand-alone what-if stories. Characterization is at a minimum, and certain threads and subjects, once visited, are left un-revisted. This is not to say that the book isn't good. Winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards, the book is definitely deserving of those accolades for its articulate delivery of Asimov's imagination and for its scope of human impact on the universe. But for me, it’s a one time read that I'll probably never revisit.
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On this week's episode the EcoNews crew talks with Humboldt’s own Becky Chambers, author of the Hugo-award winning Wayfarers series, about what it means to write optimistic stories in our fearful time, her own startling success (Chambers started the first book in the Wayfarers series, The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet, as a Kickstarter project), and how she thinks and writes about potential futures in which we all belong: “Science fiction is never actually about the future, it’s always about now." #humboldtcounty#sciencefiction#sciencefictionbooks#beckychambersbooks#beckychambers
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I read this book 4 years ago today! Here’s my old review: “Well written. Full of interesting ideas, especially in regards to "sleeving." The concept of being able to upload yourself into the cloud and download yourself into a "sleeve." The main character was a typical badass protagonist with the brains and brawn to do whatever. It was a really enjoyable book and I'm sure if Netflix goes through with adapting it, the show will be a major hit!
I wouldn't advise listening to the audiobook version as it is a tad bit hard to follow. I was constantly having to drop the ear buds and pick up the hard copy to make sense of what I seemingly missed.” Who’s read this gloriously violent story?
Publisher blurb: “The shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning in this “tour de force of genre-bending, a brilliantly realized exercise in science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review
In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.
Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold.”
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Today has been full of soft classical music and this huge need to be in my room cozy with a book ✨ but unfortunately I had to adult today 😩
𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 | 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 | 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥
All of these things can be found in Beyond The Moon by @catherine_taylor_author
This one is next on my list and im so absolutely excited 😍😍✨
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Wer kennt diese Sehnsucht nach den Sternen?
Diese tiefe Verbundenheit zu der magischen Welt abseits unserer bunten Erdkugel?
Das Verlangen, ins Unbekannte zu reisen und Wunder zu sehen?
Manchmal kommen mir die Tränen vor lauter Fernweh. Vielleicht werden die Menschen irgendwann wirklich die Grenzen unseres Sonnensystems überschreiten und neue Welten entdecken. Aber ich werde es wohl nicht mehr miterleben. Was mich unendlich traurig macht.
Wenn es in meiner Zeit eine Siedlungsmission auf dem Mars geben sollte, ich glaube, ich würde mich melden. 🤔 Wahrscheinlich ohne Erfolg (zu alt, zu unfit, keine nennenswerten, hilfreichen Kenntnisse außer Buchhaltung und Schreiben 😂), aber dann hätte ich es zumindest versucht 🤪
Würdest du andere Planeten besuchen, wenn es möglich wäre?
I have been terrified and curious about this book but kept not buying it. However the moment I saw this amazing @tinted_prose edition I knew it had to be mine! This intricate detail on the top of the book with the red line goes all around the edges and is just spectacular with the cover! If you would like any customs from TintedProse don’t forget to use my code Tbooks15.
What’s a book where the premise fascinates and scares you all at once?
This is just a small part of my TBR shelf but I love how it looks especially with all my little Nightmare Before Christmas magnetic bookmarks on the lower part of the photo. It’s overwhelming and satisfying all at once. I’m off to go read some more to try to knock some off my piles. I will let you know my review when I get to this one-can’t wait to see what Tinted Prose does with book two!
RECENT READS: I applaud those who write reviews for every book, but I can’t churn them out that fast. So here are some brief highlights on 6 recent reads:
THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE (Abi Daré): Thanks to @duttonbooks for this review copy. Daré’s bleak debut looks at the challenges some teen girls from rural areas in Nigeria can face, from forced marriage to indentured servitude. Adunni is a hopeful girl who never gives up on the life she dreams of. This is a moving novel, although I felt like something was missing. 3.5🐍
A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA (Isabel Allende): I’ve never read Allende before, so I didn’t have much to compare this to. Historical fiction isn’t my bag, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this saga about a family fleeing the Spanish Civil War to Chile. It’s emotional and engrossing, although the ending was a tad predictable. 4🐍
THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE (David Treuer): One of my goals this year is to read more indigenous books. Treuer is an Ojibwe writer, and this book is his history of indigenous resistance, looking to resilience rather than misery. I learned so much from this #ownvoices narrative. 4🐍
THE MERCIES (Kiran Hargrave): I hadn’t heard of the Vardø witch trials of 1662. In her adult debut novel based on this history, Hargrave shines a light on Vardø’s female community after almost all of the men died in a storm. I loved this queer feminist novel, even as I hated reading about a time when religious men could burn women at the stake. Out in Feb from Little Brown. 4🐍
THE VANISHED BIRDS (Simon Jimenez): I’m not sure what to think of this time-traveling, sci-fi debut. Most of it focuses on the crew of an aging ship and and the contract they’ve bound themselves to. This reminded me a bit of a Becky Chambers atmosphere, except depressing. Have you read this?
JULIET TAKES A BREATH (Gabby Rivera): I’m not a big YA reader, but I loved this. I appreciated Rivera’s focus on a working class queer teenager encountering not only white feminism but also elitism and assholery from other brown queers who look down on Juliet for not knowing the latest queer terms to describe how she identifies. A must-read for YA lovers. 4🐍