‘We Have Always Been Here’ | 6 SF books written by diverse authors on my TBR

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It is the second week of SciFiMonth 2019. Ship systems are running nominally and the journey is now well underway. Home sickness is likely to be setting in for some of our fellow traveler’s so I wanted to spend this week talking about something Earth related – SF books written by diverse authors who are on my TBR. As a diverse book blogger, I am unsurprisingly here for all of the diverse fiction but SF written by diverse authors (which include authors of marginalized genders, authors of colour, queer and disabled authors for example) have a special place in my heart not only because I love the genre so much but also because diverse authors have been continuously erased from the genre. Diverse authors writing SF is not a new phenomena, they have always been there though they have been systematically erased and obscured by straight white able-bodied cis men. There is a wonderful array of diverse SF out there which deserve to be read, discussed and celebrated.

Whenever I usually talk about diverse SF, I find myself often bringing up the same examples over and over again either as books I have read (eg: Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers and Kaia Sønderby’s Failure to Communicate) or SF books on my TBR (such as poor Everfair by Nisi Shawl which has been waiting forever to be read as well as An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon). To avoid playing the same records (even if they are are wonderful records) to many times, I thought it would be fun to share with you all some books on my TBR that I’m excited to read that I don’t often give space for on my blog. Hope you enjoy.

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Osiris by E.J Swift

I was very fortunate to receive a beautiful hardback edition of Osiris from the author during a giveaway on her Twitter but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, although I am constantly, eagerly eyeing it up on my shelf. I love water-themed SF and this near-future dystopian “cli-fi” looks very much up my street with its story revolving around revolution, politics, class and rising seas.

 

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The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

This has been on my TBR for so long and I want to read it so bad but keep forgetting about it. It’s an incredibly cool sounding novella about a migrant AI technician and an illegal autonomous robot which is described on the goodreads page as an “f/f retro-future sci-fi asexual romance” and which is “a story about artificial intelligence and real kindness, about love, and the feeling of watching steam rising softly from a teacup on a bright and quiet morning” which sounds like everything I want.

 

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The Outside by Ada Hoffmann

Another fantastic sounding book that I managed to win in a giveaway from Angry Robot at Easter Con this year and one which I’m super excited to read. One of the main things that makes me so excited to read The Outside is its autistic scientist protagonist as it’s still really uncommon to find autistic women as lead protagonists in SF! Unsurprisingly, I am also super here for its AI Gods.

 

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The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L Huang

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist is another little novella that I am very interested in which, I believe, I discovered through Alexa’s blog. Usually I don’t go in for retellings but this dark SF little mermaid retelling sounds amazing. It features “atargati”, sentient deep-water beings, and the fascination of a scientist to learn everything she can about the atargati, no matter the cost.

 

 

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The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

I’m still yet to read my first Nicky Drayden, which is a travesty tbh because I’ve heard nothing but great things about her. I’ve mostly seen bloggers talking about Temper, which does sound great, but The Prey of Gods is one that has really captured my attention. Set in South Africa, The Prey of Gods features a diverse character cast and personal robots, class, politics, and human-AI relations. Also, that cover!!

 

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Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad

Accessing the Future was a very recent addition to my TBR that I discovered the “readers also enjoyed” feature on Goodreads. It contains work by 15 authors and 9 artists on the topic of disabilities and mental illness in the future which makes me super happy as its still difficult to find positive disabled representation in SF.

 


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9 Favorite Themes & Features in SF

For those who might have missed my launch post, this month I am on a very exciting voyage into space with my fellow SciFiMonth travelers. Whilst onboard we will be reading, playing and discussing all things Sci-Fi for the entire month of November! In honor of this journey, I will be sharing some lists throughout the month of some of my favorite SF-themed things.

Today’s edition is: Favourite Themes and Features in SF. In case you didn’t already know, SF is my favorite genre so it should come as no surprise that there are lots of recurring themes and features within the genre that make me love it so much. Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite themes and features with you. In addition to telling you a bit about each theme or feature, I’ve listed some recommendations of books, films and/or video games which deal with them. These are a mixture of books, films and video games which I’ve read/watched/played with some that I haven’t gotten around to yet. Those that I haven’t engaged with will be marked with a *. (Also fair warning there are a lot of repeats because my knowledge is still limited!) Make sure you drop a comment letting me know what yours are too!

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November TBR | SciFiMonth 2019

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I can’t quite believe how long it’s been since I posted my last post on this blog (25th September) and how quickly time seems to have flown. Things have been quite hectic for me since starting my PhD in September for various reasons including, most recently, a huge mess up with my doctoral loan which caused untold stress. But, for now, that is all besides the point because today I have quickly shoved my lowly human woes to the back of the closet so that I can make space for my favourite month of the yearSciFiMonth! It’s been a bit of a chaotic rush to tie up some loose Earthly ties, throw a load of miscellaneous items in my space-faring rucksack, and rush over in time to catch the SciFiMonth ship before it departed but I made it and I’m ready to report.

 

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September TBR | The Calm Before the Storm

September TBR | The Calm Before the Storm

Hello, hello friends!

I can’t believe that September is already here?! I know I’ve said that pretty much every month this year but it is even truer for September. It feels like not that long ago that I was starting my Masters last September and now we’re back in September and this time I’m about to start my PhD?? I honestly do not really know how I got here but September/October is going to be a pretty big month for me and the start of another 3-year foray (at the very least) into education. I am clearly a glutton for punishment.

Speaking of being a glutton for punishment, I still want to keep up with my blog in whatever way I can manage so I don’t foresee myself going anywhere over the next months. Not only am I going to be sticking around but I’m hoping to introduce a new feature to put the spotlight on indie and/or diverse authors. I’ve been wanting to introduce this since the start of the year and feel particularly inspired to after World Con in August. I’m also hoping to set up a book blogger streaming collective with a few blogger friends. So, lots of exciting things ahead. Do you think I’ll have time for reading too? 😂

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World Con 2019 | Book Haul & TBR

World Con 2019 | Book Haul & TBR

It has been a super intense week and I am also just starting to recover from my epic trip to Dublin to attend World Con 2019. I set off for Dublin on Thursday morning, went straight from the airport to the con center and it was pretty non-stop from there until I got home on Monday evening (plus 2 days recovery). I want to do a proper event review over the weekend because there were honestly so many incredible highlights that I want share with you all but even the thought of going back over it so soon is exhausting!

For now though, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about BOOKS because that’s really what we’re all here for :’) I was very well behaved at World Con on account of a) financial constraints and b) not being able to afford to carry anything back to the UK so I thought it would be a good idea to combine a haul post with a post-World Con TBR. Of course there were so many panels with so many amazing recommendations so naturally my TBR list has grown exponentially. I hope you’re tempted to add them all to your TBR’s too 😉

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