A nice trip...

Ned Henry is a time traveler. He has been traveling between the 1940s and the 21st century searching for the bishop's bird stump. It's too bad he doesn't know what it is. Will he ever find it? All of this time traveling is really wearing Ned out. Then to top it all off, his fellow time-traveler Verity has brought something from the past to the future. Now Ned needs to travel with Verity back in time to the Victorian era to put things right. Will Ned every get a vacation? Find out in Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog.


My name is Daniel and I'm the Defender of Earth. The alien the Prayer killed my parents when I was 3. Now I use my superhero powers to kill the aliens on the most wanted list my parents had used. Hopefully one day, I'll catch-up with the Prayer and get my revenge. You can read about my adventures in The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and Daniel X: Watch the Skies. They even made a graphic novel about me, Daniel X: Alien Hunter.

World Fantasy Awards

Created in the mid-1970s, the World Fantasy Awards, associated with the annual World Fantasy Conventions were established as a fantasy counterpart to the SF-oriented Hugo and Nebula Awards. If you enjoy reading/watching/writing fantasy or science fiction, the annual conventions are definitely for you! Think about attending the 2010 convention. It will be close by in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of October 28-31. A great way to celebrate Halloween by dressing up as your favorite fantasy character- a Volturi anyone?

Here are the winners for best novel:

The Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford: In the wake of a classmate's disappearance, a sixth grader and his older brother observe strange events in 1960s Long Island, including the appearance of a man in a large white car and the deteriorating mental state of the school librarian.

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan: A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.

Best Anthology:
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, by: Ekaterina Sedia, ed.
A collection of urban fantasy stories featuring cities--whether real or imaginary and throughout history--and how they affect the lives and experiences of their inhabitants.

Best Collection:
The Drowned Life by: Jeffrey Ford: In this mesmerizing blend of the familiar and the fantastic, multiple award-winning New York Times notable author Jeffrey Ford creates true wonders and infuses the mundane with magic.

Time Twists

A long time ago, there was a prophecy, uttered in Latin. A tongue unknown to the speaker. This prophecy spoken in 4 B.C. by a Britain woman during childbirth would direct the lives of not only her family, but the Roman Empire itself, and the rest of Western Civilization. Join author Stephen Baxter has he takes you on a journey through history in Emperor, Conqueror, Navigator, and Weaver.

Should hope be based on a lie?

This morning I was scanning the shelves looking for something to blog. The Postman by David Brin caught my eye. This story of hope is based on a lie. In a post-apocalyptic world a wanderer spends the night in an abandoned postal van. He puts on an old postal coat to stay warm. The coat and the man wearing it become a symbol of hope for the people of the northwestern states. It and he foster the belief that a new government has been formed and will come to support them. Is this good? Is hope, no mater what it's based upon, a good thing? What do you think?

The Fall

The end is near. The once glorious Pan-Polarian empire is crumbling. The empire, once ruled by Mathias the Glistening, has been passed to his sociopathic son Luke Anthony. The new emperor's condition tears the empire apart from within. Can General Black with the aid of his illegitimate daughter restore the empire to its former glory or will the empires enemies succeed in destroying it? Find out in Theodore Judson's The Martian General's Daughter.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #179

Swedish short-story writer Ninni Holmqvist has created a debut novel of "humor, sorrow, and rage about love, the close bonds of friendship, and about a cynical, utilitarian way of thinking disguised as care."

The Unit* is set at the Second Reserve Bank for Biological Material, where men and women of a certain age without families or indispensable jobs are sent to participate in medical experiments and donate organs to more essential members of society.

50 year-old Dorrit Weger finds "The Unit" a pleasant, clean, lovely place, where friendship is easy and the experiment harmless. But soon, she begins to notice other campers faring less well. When her roommates are being ushered off one by one to their final donations, she panics. An unlikely development as a result of an expected alliance forces Dorrit to confront choice.

For Orwell and Huxley fans and those who enjoyed Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Kauzo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

* = starred review

I want to be a rock star!

Del wants to be a rock star. Only problem is, he's a prince and heir to the Imperialate empire throne. While on Earth, Del is discovered by a major entertainment conglomerate and they like what they hear. Will Del's royal family be able to stop him? Will Del's record label make him a star? Or, will Del's enemies kill him first? Find out by reading Catherine Asaro's book, Diamond Star. Rock on..


On September 11, 2001, the world change. Author Bruce Sterling tells the story of Derek "Van" Vandeveer, an Internet age entrepreneur turned cyberwarrior. Van joins an elite group of cyber experts in the battle against terrorism. He must use his skills to try to salvage the crucial KH-13 satellite. Can Van survive the Washington burocracy and complete the task? Find out in The Zenith Angle.


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.

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