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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Books

Kindle Touch: Embracing e-Reading

by Ken Newquist / November 29, 2012

I bought a Kindle Touch over the summer for two reasons: 1) I wanted to take a bunch of books with me on vacation, and didn't want to pack four hardcover novels and 2) I was jealous of my daughter's Kindle.

StarGirl, age 9, got the Kindle Touch from her grandparents for Christmas and spent the next six months devouring books on it. Early in the summer the family went to Sandy Hook, N.J. for the day, and I decided to give it a try. I was curious about how well it held up in direct sunglight, which is something my iPad has a notoriously difficult time with.

Off the Bookshelf: Existence, Newton's Wake, Mistborn

by Ken Newquist / November 24, 2012

I made a serious dent in my Summer 2012 Reading List, but as always a few books carried forward, and a few others dropped off as we moved into fall. One book I carried forward was David Brin's Existance, a novel of first contact that occasionally gets too preachy for its own good. Summer book The Way of Kings led me to try Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, which is about a truly epic fantasy heist.

2012 Prometheus Award Finalists Announced

by Ken Newquist / April 16, 2012

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for this year's Prometheus Awards, which will be presented during the 70th World Science Fiction Convention over Labor Day weekend in Chicago. The Prometheus finalists for Best Novel recognize pro-freedom novels published last year.

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for this year's Prometheus Awards, which will be presented during the 70th World Science Fiction Convention over Labor Day weekend in Chicago.

The Prometheus finalists for Best Novel recognize pro-freedom novels published last year:

Summer Reading Prelist 2012

by Ken Newquist / April 15, 2012

 InvincibleI recently went shopping for some new ebooks for my iPad, and decided to look up a few of my favorite authors. Surely, I thought, David Brin must have a new book out by now. And it's been a while since I checked up on John Scalzi.

In every case I found that my favorite authors did do have new books coming out ... just not now. All of them are releasing books this summer, which means my quest to find a book to read today inadvertently spawned my Summer 2012 reading list.

Off the Bookshelf: Hull Zero Three, Reamde, New Space Opera 2

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2012

With the holidays long over and the major work rush of January and early February completed, I've had a chance to dive back into fiction. As has been the case for the last few years, science fiction dominates my reading list, but historical fiction and thrillers keep sneaking in.

Off the Bookshelf: Altered Carbon, The January Dancer, Dreadnaught, In Death Ground

by Ken Newquist / August 11, 2011

 DreadnaughtI've been able to make a serious dent in my summer reading list over the last few months, knocking out four books in two months.

Given how busy work has been, that's not to bad. Of course, it helps that I was on vacation for 10 days, which allowed me to knock out two of the books (Dreadnaught, In Death Ground) and most of a third (The Shiva Option, the sequel to In Death Ground).

The 8-hour road trip to get our vacation spot also allowed me to make a serious dent in the audio version of The Letter of Marque by Patrick O'Brian, one of his Aubrey/Maturin novels about naval warfare in the early 1800s.

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