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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


Nuketown's Summer 2011 Reading List

by Ken Newquist / July 3, 2011

 DreadnaughtSummer 2011 is well underway, and so is my summer reading list. While some summers I know exactly what I’m reading in the spring, this summer I stumbled into my reading list. Work’s been crazy busy (leading to June’s deficient of posts at Nuketown) but even with a high workload my brain demands an escape to my summer reading list.

I’ve divided my reading list into two parts: The Summer List and the Island List. The Summer List consists of books I’ll be reading throughout the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Island List is a subset of books that I’ll be taking to Butler Island on Lake Champlain with me for my much-needed, oft-dreamed of summer vacation.

You can follow my progress through my Summer Reading list on GoodReads, the social networking site for bookworms.

Open Call for Stories in the Ether, Volume 1

by Ken Newquist / May 15, 2011

Love writing science fiction, fantasy and steampunk short stories? Then check out Nevermet Press' open call for submissions for their upcoming anthology, Stories in the Ether, Volume 1. According to the official announcement, "Stories In The Ether will be published individually through Nevermet Press as a blog series, and later as a collected print, PDF, ePub and audio anthology for fans to enjoy offline or through other means."

When Baseball Meets Lord of the Rings

by Ken Newquist / May 11, 2011

This may be one of the best newspaper corrections I've ever seen, courtesy the MetsBlog. Apparently, the RA Dickey named his bat "Orcist the Goblin Cleaver", but mis-attributed it to belonging to Bilbo Baggins. It actually belonged to Thorin Oakenshield. It's not often that baseball and speculative fiction combine -- the last time I can remember it happening was the movie Frequency, a time-bending film set against the backdrop of the 1969 World Series (again involving the Mets).

Off the Bookshelf: Evolutionary Void, Realms of Cthulhu, iPad Book Readers

by Ken Newquist / December 14, 2010

 The Evolutionary VoidAfter a long hiatus because of too much to do at work, I've finally gotten back to reading fiction ... because of work. Specifically because of the iPad I'm trying out at my day job.

I work at a college, and we're piloting the iPad to see how tablets might be integrated into the academic environment. Part of that is trying out the different e-reading software out there, and that gave me the perfect excuse to get a new book. Or rather two new books: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton and Realms of Cthulhu, published by Reality Blurs.

SF Site: mid-November 2010 book reviews

by Ken Newquist / November 22, 2010

The latest edition of SF Site is online with reviews of Conflicts by Ian White (a military SF anthology about all manner of future wars), Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (a vampire book in which the lead character is a woman in love with a vampire, trying to catch a non-vampire killer who's hunting women in love with vampires ...

Off the Bookshelf: Century Rain, Reversing the Anthology, Temporal Void

by Ken Newquist / June 28, 2010

I finally finished New Moon by Stephanie Meyers, and I have to say the vampire/werewolf/teenager love triangle left me cold. The main character, Bella, is whiny and unsympathetic, and she's exactly the sort of emotional heatsink that I'll be telling my son to avoid in ten years or so.

Finishing the book allowed me to move on to my proper summer reading list, starting with Century Rain and The Space Opera Renaissance. While both books were already on my bookshelf, I did still find myself buying another book for the list: Peter Hamilton's The Dreaming Void.

Nuketown's Summer 2010 Reading List

by Ken Newquist / June 6, 2010

For the last two years my family's been invited to vacation with our friends at their cabin on Lake Champlain, a cabin with an outhouse, battery-powered appliances, minimal internet connectivity and a hammock. It is, in short, the perfect place to read. And that, of course, means its time to put together my Summer Reading List for 2010.