Steampunk

Are you a steampunk fan? If so you should check out Jay Lake’s Mainspring and Escapement novels. In Mainspring clockmaker's apprentice Hethor Jacques is sent by the Archangel Gabriel to find the lost Key Perilous. The keys are needed to rewind the Mainspring of the World, initially put in place when God created it.

Escapement tells the story of Paolina Barthes, a young genius, and two companions, Emily Childress, a librarian, and Threadgill Angus Al-Wazir. Together and apart they will play an important role in driving a tunnel through the Wall, which seperates Europe from the Sothern Earth.

If you're interested in more classic steampunk check-out H. G. Wells’ Complete Science Fiction Teasury. It has many of his classic stories including The Time Machine, one of my favorites.

A Time To...

Looking for some good books to read this summer? With the recent movie's huge success, why not find-out what Star Trek used to be like? Here are four books to consider A Time to Love, A Time to be Born, A Time to Kill, and A Time for War, A Time for Peace. All of the books take place directly after the events in Star Trek Nemesis. After defeating Shinzon, the crew of the Enterprise splits to new positions within Starfleet, including Captian William Riker and his wife Counselor Deanna Troi as they move on to his new command.

Are you up for the adventure?

Need a "Buffy" Fix?

For anyone out there a fan of Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Angel," the BBC Production of "Torchwood" might be for you. "Torchwood" is a spin-off of the rebooted "Dr. Who" featuring Captain Jack Harkness. A familiarity with "Dr. Who" is not necessary however, much in the way that "Angel" can be enjoyed by those who have never seen "Buffy."

Torchwood is the name of an undercover organization located in Cardiff, Wales, and they investigate alien phenomena. There are currently two seasons available for checkout here at the library. Check it out.

An avid watcher of "Buffy," "Angel" or "The X-Files" will definitely see similarities between the shows, with one notable difference. Captain Jack (played by out actor John Barrowman) is from the 51st century, and as such has an approach to sexuality more fluid than any portrayal currently on television. This is a show for adults, and its equivalent rating would be R, but is definitely worth watching. Just keep an open mind.

Mace Windu's purple lightsaber

If you're turning 13 and love Star Wars, it makes sense that you would want a purple lightsaber for your birthday. My son got one--over my initial objection that he already had way too many lightsabers of other colors. Now I know what's behind Mace Windu's purple light saber, and also that this hue of magic weapon may actually have been a personal request from actor Samuel Jackson, when he agreed to play Mace Windu in the films. (I got that from Wikipedia, which quoted an interview on The Late Show with David Letterman.) Yes, of course: who wants to wage galactic battle, and not have your lightsaber clearly identifiable among other Jedi?

Have you ever wanted to

be in more than one place at a time? David Brin tells us what it might be like in his novel Kiln People. In the future, it will be possible to stay home and send a "ditto" out shopping for you. You can then "inload" the memories from your ditto to learn what it experienced. Albert Morris is an investigator who has done this multiple time. His dittos have been crushed, shot, and drowned. Albert has taken on the disappearance case of Professor Maharal, one of the co-creators of the dittos. Will Albert find Professor Maharal before his new people-xeroxing falls into the wrong hands? Read on to find out...

Nebula Award Winner

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The Nebula Award is an annual award given by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America for the best U.S. book of those genres. The winner for best scifi/fantasy novel this year is Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is the 3rd in the Annals of the Western Shore series. If you have never read Le Guin, this and her Earthsea series may be a good starting point. Located in the Teen collection, these series are some of the best written & exciting fantasy adventure books. Adults will want to read them too! Le Guin is an extremely prolific writer. She writes for adults, teens, and children as well as writing non-fiction, poetry, & short stories. Other book awards she has received include a Hugo and Nebula for the Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed: an ambiguous Utopia; & the Locus SF Award for the Telling. She is also one of the finalists for the 2009 Locus SF Award for Lavinia.

The Captain's Tale

Do you have a favorite book or movie that has stuck with you since childhood? One of mine was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I think the Disney movie hooked me. The scene with giant squid was one of my favorites of any movie.

As I grew-up, I was pleased to discover the sequel, The Mysterious Island. It was made into a movie as well. The movie was made by different people and I don't think it was as good as the Disney.

What do you think?

Infinite possibilites...

What would happen in we lived in a world where reality was constantly changing? A world where infinite realities merge and no one remembers anything exactly the same? In Finity, author John Barnes asks this very challenging question. Professor Lyle Peripart has been hired by industrialist Geoffrey Iphwin to investigate the mysteries that no one remembers and which may or may not have happened. The world is a strange place when infinite realities collide!

A fish tale, of sorts

In her alternate histroy science fiction novel The Moon and the Sun, Vonda N. McIntyre portrays the moral struggle of Marie-Josephe de la Croix. Marie-Josephe is the sister of Father Yves de la Croix, the natural philosopher of King Louis XIV of France. Father Yves has just returned from a sea voyage with the possible source of immortality, a living sea monster. As the story unfolds, Marie-Josephe must decide between the powers of her world and her own conscience. What will she choose?

Time Travel

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Jack Finney author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers tells us about the time traveling adventures of Simon Morely in his stories Time and Again and its sequel From Time to Time. Si is recruited by the U.S. Government to take part in a time travel experiment based on hypnosis. When he awakes, it's 1882, or is it? You can also enjoy Time and Again on Book on CD.

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