Compiling now, for your reading pleasure, uh, well, my reading pleasure for the past month?
- METAtropolis – edited by John Scalzi – This one is really interesting. A group of authors got together to create a short-fiction anthology centered on a shared original setting that was all about letting them explore new urban social systems. The individual pieces are all pretty great, but the depth and quality of the collaboration is what makes this one really worthwhile.
- A Darkling Sea – James L. Cambias – Some really fascinating world-building in this one. It’s kind of an old-school first contact story that deals with the morality of making face-to-face contact with less advanced species versus policies of isolation and observation. All told, it’s the same basic territory that Star Trek covered with the Prime Directive, but way more interesting and in-depth.
- The Martian – Andy Weir – I’ve still got about fifty pages of Andy Weir’s debut novel left, but it pretty well blew me away. The story of a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars when an accident forces his crew to evacuate the planet and leave him for dead. It’s got the intensity of Gravity, great pacing, and a great sense of humor. And the science, oh god, the science…Accurate, extensive, and cleanly expressed…It’s fantastic.
- Doctor Sleep – Stephen King – Just finishing this one up this month. You can find my thoughts on it in last month’s Reading List.
- Nowhere Men, Volume 1 – Eric Stephenson – A really fascinating opening to what could be a great weird-science series. The writing is tight, the art is top-notch, and there’s just enough experimentation in its story-telling and page layouts to keep it your mind on it completely.
- The Unwritten, Volume 7: The Wound – Mike Carey – This book continues to be excellent, and my favorite ongoing series. You should all read it immediately.
- The Unwritten, Volume 8: Orpheus in the Underworld – Mike Carey – Message Repeats: This book continues to be excellent, and my favorite ongoing series. You should all read it immediately.