Sunday, September 30, 2018

Favorite SF Tropes

I was thinking the other day about favorite SF/ fantasy tropes and I thought it would be fun to make a list. Everyone likes a good list, right? So I thought I'd narrow it down and share an example for each one of a favorite book that embraces that trope. Little did I know how many books I would end up looking at- and how many intriguing reads I would find. I may have to do this for fantasy as well, but for now here are my top SF tropes.

Time/ Space Gates 

The Complete Morgaine (Morgaine Saga #1-4)

There are a lot of examples of this trope but my favorite probably has to be this series. A four book series (helpfully collected in this omnibus) about a woman named Morgaine and her loyal companion who must travel from world to world, closing the world gates that are disrupting space/ time. 

Generation Ships

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)Starship


Six Wakes

Vitro (Corpus, #2)The Originals


Blackfish City

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Lost worlds 

The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)

Star man's sonThe Complete Land that Time Forgot (Caspak, #1-3)

Dystopian/ postapocalyptic

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Star man's son

Galactic civilization/ long lost colonies

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

Planet of ExileA Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)

Parallel worlds/ alternate realities

Dark Matter

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sunday Post #265

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
I'm just back from a football game as I write this- the atmosphere was pretty festive as we were playing our arch rivals. We won. :) The marching band/ color guard were performing and they have a cool show this year- it's about mining and they actually built three mining tunnels with track and mine carts, and the tunnels have these cool lights that look like torches. Pretty impressive. I'll try and get some pics up. It was an awesome evening, especially since it felt like fall- the moon kept hiding behind clouds and it was super windy.   

This week I read a bit and posted a review for Obscura, which was very good. And I discovered - which you really must check out. Seriously, go ahead- I'll wait- and thanks to Kristin for pointing it out in her Sunday Post last week.   

Movies That Suck will be back- I ran a poll on Twitter and Total Recall won, so that will be my next one. And with October I need to watch something scary, right? I was thinking Gremlins.    
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)An Unwanted GuestObscuraEchoes 

Song of the week 


Dividend on Death, by Brett Halliday  Dell D293, 1959  Cover art by Robert McGinnis


Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)


Typhoid Mary was the best thing about Iron Fist season 2. Her, Ward & Turk- I need more.