Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Best of 2012: Science Fiction

Several of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2012, recommended for your consideration:

Redshirts, by John Scalzi
Scalzi takes a decades-old joke about the original Star Trek television series (and the often nameless crewmembers who were quickly dispatched to illustrate the “danger” that threatened, but never seriously affected, the series regulars) and tells a tale that is funny, insightful and, by the end, quite touching. Scalzi treads the fine line of poking, but not making, fun of a sci-fi classic while also pointing out flaws that may have begun with Star Trek, but continue on other programs and films to this day. While it could be great fun for any reader, Redshirts is a must read for Star Trek fans!

The Cassandra Project, by Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick
Award-winning authors McDevitt and Resnick spin a “what if” mystery into an edge-of-your-seat thriller that once started is impossible to put down! This is science fiction at its best, posing questions and alternative perspectives that challenge us to consider a greater understanding of historic events and individuals, our world, and its place the universe, while still being great fun too!

The Map of the Sky, by Felix J. Palma
In the second book of a planned trilogy--a follow-up to 2011's The Map of Time--Felix Palma spins a gripping tale of alien invasion, time travel and H.G. Wells. Palma builds on the world created in the first book, adding new characters, developments, and an element of terror not found in The Map of Time.With elements of steampunk, vintage science fiction and horror, and Palma’s marvelous writing style, this genre crossing will appeal to a wide audience of interests and readers!

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
What if Cinderella was a cyborg? Debut author Marissa Meyer answers this question with a wonderfully conceived plague-ridden dystopian future world populated by compelling characters. All of the traditional elements from the fairy tale are here, just a bit tweaked, making something old and familiar new and compelling. A marvelous beginning to a promising new series. Editor's note: While it would definitely be appealing to adults, Cinder is in our Young Adult (teen) section.

Daryl M., Reference Librarian

(Daryl and author Diane Duane view reading similarly--to quote Diane, "Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.")

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