Category: Books Completed

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Maelstrom (Rifters Trilogy)

An enormous tidal wave on the west coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach America. Is she a monster, or a goddess? One thing is for sure: all hell is breaking loose.This dark, fast-paced, hard SF novel returns to the story begun in Starfish: all human life is threatened by a disease (actually a primeval form of life) from the distant...

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Accelerando

The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day. There’s more to the description over at amazon, but I implore you, do not read more about what the book is about, it was a great reveal, and the story really had an amazing flow to it. I highly recommend this one!

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Starfish (Peter Watts)

A huge international corporation has developed a facility along the Juan de Fuca Ridge at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to exploit geothermal power. They send a bio-engineered crew–people who have been altered to withstand the pressure and breathe the seawater–down to live and work in this weird, fertile undersea darkness.Unfortunately the only people suitable for long-term employment in these experimental power stations are crazy, some of them in unpleasant ways. How many of them can survive, or will be allowed to survive, while worldwide disaster approaches from below? First in a series of three, very very good. I...

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Starplex

Human space exploration has expanded quickly over the last twenty years as they have made use of newly discovered artificial worm-holes. No one knows who created them, and they bring the far-reaches of the galaxy tantalizingly close.Discovery, however, is outstripping understanding, and when an unknown vessel – a ship with no windows, seams or visible means of propulsion – arrives, the already battle-scarred Starplex could be the starting point of an interstellar war… Another great book from Sawyer, though this story is an odd sort of Mary Sue wish fulfillment type of thing that’s more of a fun ride than...

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Century Rain

300 years in the future, Verity Auger is a specialist in the archaeological exploration of Earth, rendered uninhabitable after the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. After a field-trip goes badly wrong, Verity is forced to redeem herself by particpating in a dangerous mission. A pretty fun story that I really hope Alastair Reynolds gets back to one day. I found myself enjoying the stuff in the ‘past’ to be more interesting than the scifi side of the story, but was very happy when they finally intersected and all the different story elements came together in a pretty spectacular fashion....

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Zima Blue and Other Stories

Zima Blue and Other Stories is the first collection of short works by Alastair Reynolds. It was published in September 2006, by Night Shade Books. It includes ten stories, most of them long out of print. None of the stories in it are set in Reynolds’s well-known Revelation Space universe, although Galactic North, a collection of most of Reynolds’s Revelation Space short stories, was released soon after. Absolutely amazing work, and it turns out the short stories were just long enough that I was able to read one completely before I went to sleep every night for the last couple...

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Eat Stop Eat

Lose weight by fasting The authors have taken the above basic premise and stretched it to be a 78 page book. There’s some references that I didn’t bother to look up, I was only reading this to see what exactly their arguments were for fasting, which took about half of the book to get to that answer. There’s good points made here, but I’m not sure I’d be happy without eating for a full 24 hour period, several time a week as they suggest in the final quarter of the book.

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Use of Weapons

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances’ foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action.The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought.The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people. It had once saved the woman’s life by massacring her attackers in a particularly bloody manner. It believed the man to be a burnt-out case. But not even its machine...

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Omega Sub: 4 Blood Tide

The ambition and folly that destroyed three-quarters of humanity lives on in the radioactive rubble of nuclear holocaust. In the South Pacific, an insane fanatic and his army of bloodthirsty killers have begun obliterating the last scattered outposts of civilization. The madman’s goal: to rule what remains of the shattered Earth. For that, he needs the awesome power of the U.S.S. Liberator…and he holds captive the one man who can make his demented dream a reality. For unless the crew surrenders the mighty submarine intact…Captain Tom Donovan will die! Amazon says I bought this August 4, 2013, so it’s only...

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Omega Sub 1-3

  This book series is about a futuristic submarine filled to the brim with the manliest men that all men wish they could be and all women would give anything to be with. It’s your typical early 90’s post apocalyptic story with every character acting as some form of Mary Sue, which was great for teenage me.   I read the first couple books back in my youth when they were first coming out and lost track of the series, which unfortunately there were only six books written.  According to GoodReads, JD Cameron is a pseudonym used by Michael Jahn with...