Monthly Archives: January 2012


Wool series, 2 – 5 by

Wool 3

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. As I mentioned in my review of Wool, the first in this series, I came across this author through a post on metafilter. He has self-published this series of books, and some others, through amazon, mainly on the kindle, and become something of a hit.

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Wool by

Wool by Hugh Howey

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. For generations people have lived in the silo, the only look at the outside they get is on the screens. But the cameras are outsides, and over time they get dirty, the screens are obscured and blurry. But to go outside is to die. Those

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Obedience to authority by

obedience to authority

In the 1960s Stanley Milgram and his associates carried out a number of experiments on obedience. They were set-up a situation where people thought they were helping in a memory/learning experiment, and how it related to punishment. So they subjects were asked to administer electric shocks to learners every time they got their word pairs wrong. What they didn’t know

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Specials by

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Book 3 in the Uglies series. Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & the 2012Science Fiction Experience. At some point in the future a biological oil-eating weapon brings about the end of civilisation as we know it. But in the aftermath a new society emerges. In the US different cities states emerge. Each with their own rules,

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Zoo City by

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & for Carl’s Science Fiction Experience. Zinzi December finds lost things. That’s her shavi, the gift she received, along with her Sloth, for her crime. No one really knows where the animals come from, or what the Undertow is, but everyone knows that is what is waiting for the animalled. It

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Science fiction now and tomorrow

Default fox is the defaults - Image taken from page 40 of 'Travels in Africa during the years 1875-1878 (1879-1883-1882-1886) ... from The British Library

Science fiction now and tomorrow via The Guardian books podcast: Science fiction now and tomorrow | Books | guardian.co.uk. Lauren Beukes, author of hard-boiled SF thriller Zoo City, tells us about winning the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award and about South African science fiction. We talk to Michael Moorcock, who helped define science fiction back in the 1960s with his

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