Reviews and Blog Posts: Science Fiction

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer

Reviewer Rating:
4

The fact that you have not already picked this one up for cover art alone I find incredibly surprising. A beautiful volume, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy (followed by Authority and then Acceptance) follows four women, identified only by their designated job titles (a biologist, an anthropologist,...

Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

Book Discovery: Baby, It's Cold in Space

As the weather starts to chill and snow starts to fall I get the unavoidable desire to delve into the desolate and far colder realm of outer space.

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

The woods. Vol. 1, The Arrow

by James Tynion

Reviewer Rating:
3

A typical high school, including all students and faculty, is mysteriously transported to what looks to be an alien planet. Things are about to get very dangerous, and not only due to the strange beasts that are lurking about. Some teachers want more control of the situation, and will do...

Saga. Volume 3

by Brian K Vaughan

Reviewer Rating:
4

So good! Just as good as the first two volumes. A great graphic novel: the perfect combination of an amazing sci-fi adventure story and beautiful graphics. Pick it up!

Look Below The Surface of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Hild

The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.

While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.

2013 Nebula Nominees Announced

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Since 1965, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vote on and present the The Nebula Awards to recognize the year's best works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. The winners will be announced on May 17 in San Jose, California. Which of the nominees are you rooting for?

2014 Nominees for Best Novel

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