"Arrival: a short story collection", by Ted Chiang - In the title story, a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection.  In these stories Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

"Wool", Hugh Howey - In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones.

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - (Silo Saga) eBook: Hugh Howey: Books - All time favorite book I think. Loved this even more than Hunger Games and Divergent series.

"The long way to a small, angry planet", by Becky Chambers - Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

Book The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Becky Chambers). My rating: Fun, interesting, unique, and with REALLY well-written characters (all of them)! When the book ended I was sad to say goodbye to this crew I'd come to know so well.

"Ancillary justice", by Ann Leckie - Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch) by Ann Leckie . The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.

"God's war", by Kameron Hurley - On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on: there's not a chance in hell of ending it.

"God's War" (Bel Dame Apocrypha) by Kameron Hurley

"Depth", by A.C. Rosen - In a post-apocalyptic flooded New York City, a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to find—and someone is willing to kill for.

Depth by Lev AC Rosen - In a post-apocalyptic flooded New York City, a private investigator’s routine surveillance case leads to a treasure everyone wants to.

"The restoration game",  by Ken MacLeod - There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know--she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother.

"The restoration game", by Ken MacLeod - There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know--she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organizers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother.

"Invisible planets: an anthology of Chinese SF", edited by Ken Liu - Liu Cixin’s “Taking Care of God” relates the problems that arise when the ancient interstellar travellers who created human civilization return to Earth. Ma Boyong’s “The City of Silence” is set in a future where all communication is rigidly controlled by a totalitarian government, and Xia Jia’s “Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where machines have outlived the humans who made them.

"Invisible planets: an anthology of Chinese SF", edited by Ken Liu - Liu Cixin’s “Taking Care of God” relates the problems that arise when the ancient interstellar travellers who created human civilization return to Earth. Ma Boyong’s “The City of Silence” is set in a future where all communication is rigidly controlled by a totalitarian government, and Xia Jia’s “Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where machines have outlived the humans who made them.

"The tourist", by Robert Dickinson - It's expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen. A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, try their food. A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest - but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble. Until he notices that one of his party is missing.

The Tourist by Robert Dickinson read this one. If I read it another few times, might understand it.

"Gold fame citrus", by Claire Vaye Watkins - In a parched southern California of the near future, Luz, once the poster child for the country’s conservation movement, and Ray, an army deserter turned surfer, are squatting in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Most “Mojavs” have allowed themselves to be evacuated to encampments in the east. Holdouts like Ray and Luz subsist on rationed cola and water, and whatever they can.

Great deals on Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. Limited-time free and discounted ebook deals for Gold Fame Citrus and other great books.

"The mechanical", by Ian Tregillis - My name is Jax. I am a clakker: a mechanical man, powered by alchemy. Armies of my kind have conquered the world - and made the Brasswork Throne the sole superpower. I am a faithful servant. I am endowed with great strength and boundless stamina. But I am beholden to the wishes of my human masters. I am a slave. But I shall be free.

Read Ian Tregillis Book ⊙⊕▾ The Mechanical. My name is Jax.That is the name granted to be by my human masters.I am a clakker: a mechanical man.

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