Thoughts (and occasionally fuming) about the state of science, fiction, and science fiction.
by author and technologist Edward M. Lerner
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The listing list o' lists
Ah, year's end ... the season of retrospection. Who am I to fight tradition? (Well, a non-traditionalist, that's who. Nevertheless, I shall indulge :-) )
Happier if you don't know?
Let's begin with "The Most Disappointing Movies of 2012," many of them SF or fantasy. From those that I've seen, I have to agree with the "disappointing" characterization. (Still, John Carter wasn't nearly as bad as some make it out to be. What a shame that this movie was considered derivative when so many of the supposedly tired tropes in the story originated with Edgar Rice Burroughs.)
"Suspense and action enough to fuel any thriller, and even to drive it to the big screen." —SFrevu
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Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought
"If you only read one Hard SF book this year, make it this one. You won’t regret it." — Tangent Online
“When the artificial intelligences ... go maverick, they turn out to be the true weapons of mass destruction. A fast, fun read.” — Sci Fi Weekly
"One of the most original, believable, thoroughly thought-out, and utterly fascinating visions ever of what interstellar contact might really be like." — Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog
"For its compelling vision of what could be, you will want take more than a glimpse of Creative Destruction.” — Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction
ARMAGEDDON / PARADISE -- two books in one
"A romp through time and history ... an intriguing selection." — Bookloons
"A taut near-future thriller about an energy-starved Earth held hostage by a power-mad international cartel … Lerner’s vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure.” —Publishers Weekly
"... A fast-paced, hold-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller" — Illinois Quarterly
“Moonstruck is not just another alien invasion novel, but truly an original performance." — Science Fiction Book Club
Fate of Worlds (FOW #5)
“Brings to a stunning close a multivolume saga that has captured the imaginations of a multitude of readers … a story that will attract attention from series fans as well as readers of hard sf.” — Library Journal
Betrayer of Worlds (FOW #4)
“Rescues, captures, kidnappings, reluctant temporary alliances, backdoor negotiations, propaganda campaigns, bluffs and double-bluffs, alien and cross-species politics, and, of course, betrayals. Lots of betrayals ... One hopes that Niven and Lerner come up with some additional twists and turns.” —Locus
Destroyer of Worlds (FoW #3)
"Combines sparkling wit and 'old school' hard sf with masterly storytelling and cosmic vision ... enjoy the return of good, old-fashioned sf, packed with ideas, philosophical musings, and plenty of space action." —Library Journal
Juggler of Worlds (FoW #2)
“A snazzy thriller/mystery that keeps us (and our hero) guessing until the very end ... Wide screen galactic scope, nifty super-science, crafty aliens, corporate corruption and cover ups, and a multi-leveled spy vs. spy vs. spy mystery with little being as it first appears make Juggler of Worlds a first class exemplar of pure SF entertainment.” —SFsite
Fleet of Worlds (FoW #1)
" ... Needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does – well, anywhere." —Locus
I'm a physicist and computer scientist (and an MBA, of less relevance to most of these posts). After thirty years in industry, as everything from individual technical contributor to senior vice president, I now write full-time. Mostly I write science fiction and techno-thrillers, now and again throwing in a straight science or technology article.