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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


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.

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 ...