October 17, 2017

New Sci-Fi Releases in Fall and Winter

The Hydrogen Sonata

Iain M. Banks and Peter F. Hamilton, two of the overlords of exciting, idea-driven science fiction will release novels in the coming weeks. Orbit will publish Banks’ Hydrogen Sonata on October 9, while Del Rey will release Hamilton’s The Great North Road the day after Christmas. Guess what’s on my list this year. If you are unfamiliar with either writer, both novels offer an excellent starting place. Readers of Banks will note Hydrogen Sonata is about “the whole Subliming thing,” a reference to a civilization-changing decision faced by cultures within Banks’, well, Culture universe. To sublime is to let go of material existence…

Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds

Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century. Both authors are well known for their tales of a human future in the grip of transformative, often disruptive, technologies, so if you’d like to see where two of this part of the century’s most imaginative authors think our technologies may take us, check out this novel. Doctorow is author of Gamer and Little Brother, while Stross is author of Accelerando and Singularity Sky. “Jury Service,” an excerpt from the novel is available from publisher Tor.   Link to…