My favorite topics in Science Fiction


Artifical Intelligence

This is the topic I love the most, especially when the A.I. becomes the central part of the story and goes rogue. A.I.s causing trouble is always fun to read about and I’m always looking for more books like the ones listed below.

    Probably my favorite A.I. ever. I loved it so much that I would say it was my favorite “character” from the book.
  • ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
    Another A.I. that felt almost like a real person and was so much fun to read about when it was wreaking havoc.
  • ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig
    Zer0es had an interesting new twist on the whole A.I. topic and I’m curious where he takes it next with the series.
  • DAEMON by Daniel Suarez
    Another A.I. causing trouble, trouble that was almost too slow in its progress for my liking but still a great book.

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Main Characters of Color in YA Science Fiction


One of my most anticipated releases of 2016 is Beyond the Red by Ava Jae. When I first saw the synopsis and read that the MC is AN ALIEN QUEEN AND THE FIRST FEMALE RULER I was over the moon excited for this book. I was definitely going to pre-order it. Then, while I was thinking about ideas for my Sci-Fi November posts, I saw Ava mentioning in a tweet that “all major characters are mixed race/dark-skinned” (as if I wasn’t excited enough about this book already) and this gave me the idea to search for other YA Sci-Fi books with main characters of color.



If you want to dive into stories about a diverse group of teenagers and discover a bunch of new authors you should check out DIVERSE ENERGIES. This book is a collection of Sci-Fi/Dystopian short stories by 11 different authors, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Daniel H. Wilson being some of them.

The title pretty much says is all: this anthology is about diversity and the stories are anything but your typical YA dystopia. Keep reading

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab




Release Date: September 2013



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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? Keep reading

Tutorial: Blog Post Calendar

I like planning blog posts ahead, especially with reviews of upcoming books or events like Sci-Fi November. I still write a list of blog posts of the upcoming month on paper, just so I know what I still need to do, but I also wanted an overview in an actual calendar. For some time I used google’s calendar mainly because I could categorize my blog posts by using different colors. I didn’t really like to use something somewhere else than my dashboard where I actually scheduled my blog posts though. Then I had the idea to use a Calendar plugin for my scheduled posts and assign colors via categories myself.

The Plugin

The plugin I use is the Editorial CalendarIt adds another menu item in your Posts menu where you’ll get a calendar view of all your blog posts. And the best thing about it: you can move blog posts easily via drag and drop, you can manage your drafts and add new ones and quick edit every blog post. 


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Review: The Martian by Andy Weir


The Martian


Release Date: February 2014



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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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