Thanks to this awesome thing called “Summer Hours,” I managed to read more books than expected in June. Plus, I’m edging toward the end of my “Hugos on the ‘5s” reading list. FAKE BALLOT POSTS COMING UP IN TIME FOR NEXT MONTH’S SPEWGOS, BTW!
Book Award News!
Lots of book award news last month. Most recently, the 2015 Locus Award winners were announced this weekend. Ancillary Sword won the Science Fiction category, and The Goblin Emperor won the Fantasy category. The results look awfully Hugo-familiar, which sounds like bad news for The Three-Body Problem.
I’ve read all but one in the Locus Sci-Fi category, but now the Locus First Novel category looks more interesting with both The Memory Garden and Elysium both acclaimed and recommended to me.
Also, already covered, but Claire North won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the wonderful The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, and Jeff VanderMeer won the Nebula (a Nebbie!) for Annihilation.
Books Blogged in June
Here at FC2M, important SF literary questions were posed last month:
Do theatrical elements revitalize the stilted disaster novel tropes of Fritz Leiber’s 1964 Hugo-winner The Wanderer? (It’s Leiber, so why not!)
Will fantastic settings overcome the awkward mechanical sex scenes in Larry Niven’s 1984 The Integral Trees? (Two words: Flying whales.)
Is it okay to offend the skeptics (i.e. the intended audience; i.e. me) in a blasphemous religious satire like James Morrow’s 1994 Towing Jehovah? (Well, how many feminists does it take to blow up the corpse of God?)
Will Odd John (1935) make Olaf Stapledon a new favorite author of mine? (Yes.)
Will anyone say anything about my horrifically cliptastic art skilz in my Kiln People review? (Nope. Frowny face.)
Books Read/Books to be Blogged
I met my reading goals for the month, plus some! The extra books will likely end up in several flash review conglomeration posts.
Mother of Storms (1994) by John Barnes
Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995) by Octavia E. Butler
Memoirs of Spacewoman (1962) by Naomi Mitchison
The Feminine Future (2014) by Mike Ashley
Mirror Dance (1994) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Planet Buyer (1964) by Cordwainer Smith
[Note: Up until this year, I was certain I had read and enjoyed Butler before, years ago. I thought it was Lilith’s Brood, but then I read a review that made me think I read a different book. But other people have recently reviewed other Butler novels and those don’t sound as familiar, so I’m completely confused! This is the main reason I started blogging about books in the first place. Poor book memory!]
Scheduled Books to Read/Blog
The Peace War (1984) by Vernor Vinge
Iron Sunrise (2004) by Charles Stross
Beggars and Choosers (1994) by Nancy Kress
And finally… sigh…
Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) by Robert. A. Heinlein
My last Heinlein was my only NGF (NeverGonnaFinish) in the year 2014: the awful, offensive, dumb, and pointless Time Enough for Love (1973). I read too much Heinlein last year, so I promised myself I wouldn’t make myself read him again for another year. It’s been a year and this book is next in line. I expect more haughty pontificating and submissive females.
The Long (not-so) Lazy Summer Read/Practicando mi español
Cien Años de Soledad (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez
If you remember from my 2015 Readsolutions, one of my goals was to read this en español. Vámonos!
Summer Break Potential Extra Maybes
More time off this summer means I might squeeze in more books. Some potentials:
The Beauty (2014) by Aliya Whiteley
Dark Star (2015) by Oliver Langmead
Aurora (2015) by Kim Stanley Robinson
Star Maker (1937) by Olaf Stapledon
AND, some potentials for working on my short story reading skills (my short fic focus sucks):
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1990) by James Tiptree, Jr.
Dangerous Visions (1967) by Harlan Ellison
Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind (1985) ed. by Jen Green and Sarah Lefanu
And, with some time off this summer, you might see me around social media more!
That is, if I manage to get through this massive list I just made for myself.