Category Archives: Science fiction

The Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi

Let me start out by saying that I’m not generally a huge science fiction fan. After devouring this series, I think it’s because I haven’t been reading the right writers. Here’s some back story on the universe:

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

I love the world building in the series. It reminds me of Babylon 5 because each book is ultimately a story about well-rounded characters who have relationships with each other. There’s tech, but it isn’t the focus of the story. Each book gave me a lot to think about as I read.
Highly recommended for people who aren’t sure they really like sci-fi.


The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories by Connie Willis

The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning StoriesThe Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories by Connie Willis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Connie Willis’ short stories. This collection is uniformly excellent, which isn’t surprising when you consider that they’re all award-winning stories. Even if you aren’t a fan of science fiction, I highly recommend these. Willis’ writing style is uncommonly clear and compelling. In addition, her introduction provides insight into the writers who influenced her. This would be a great compilation to use in an English class.

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