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Books, books, BOOKS!
Current book list [Booklist]
What I'm reading, what's
in the queue, and what I just finished. My tastes run
mostly to science fiction and history, so chances are
that's what I'm reading. With a library I estimate at
between three and four thousand volumes, I've got a lot of
reading to do.
Naval SF Recommended Reading List
As a science
fiction fan who happens to be a naval analyst and wargame
designer, I find these books (and websites, etc.)
particularly interesting or useful, for either the ideas or
the execution. This is the longer version of ChrisW's Naval
SF Card, which I hand out at science fiction conventions.
(It's a work-in-progress.)
Pocket summaries and reviews
Nothing too detailed,
just some thoughts on some of the books I have read.
Favorite Books and Series
These are more detailed
looks at some of my favorite works.
- The Exordium
series, by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
The Panarch captured, the Fleet outgunned, and the Heir
on the run -- and that's only in the first book! This
page includes a discussion of the political and
technological background of the Panarchy of the Thousand
Suns, an in-depth look at naval tactics in the
Exordium universe, a few of the little
tidbits that I think makes this series better than most
of the genre, and a list of unanswered questions posed by
the books. Includes unpublished information provided by
the authors. Also, there is now an Exordium mailing list.
Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
Heinlein's classic of therights and duties of
citizenship, seen through the eyes of a young recruit of
the 22nd century, is as controversial today as it was
when it was first published 40 years ago. It has been
widely misinterpreted by a variety of people, the most
recent being moviemakers Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumeier.
Here's my take on the book, complete with a review of and
comparison to Paul Verhoeven's Starship
- The Phoenix
Legacy trilogy, by M.K. Wren
A thousand years after the collapse of civilization, 33rd
century Earth is a relatively prosperous place, at the
expense of liberty for the vast majority of population.
This look at M.K. Wren's classic includes a chronology of
the events between now and then and a discussion of the
political and technological background of the Concord of
Loyal Houses. It's still somewhat sparse, but I hope to
spendc more time on it in the near future.
- The Dragon Never
Sleeps, by Glen Cook
It's next to impossible to summarize the plot, so I
didn't. I did try to include some of the neat things in
about it, though.
- A Talent for War, by Jack
Coming soon, I hope -- until then, you can read my
Science Fiction Resources
A few interesting (I
hope) pieces of background research.
- Interstellar, Intrastellar,
and Space Travel List
The famous comprehensive "space drives in science
fiction" list first compiled by Wildside, soon to be
expanded and updated.
- Science fiction
Remember all those events listed in science fiction over
the years that didn't come to pass? Skynet hasn't
destroyed the world, the Jupiter II was never launched,
and it doesn't look likely that the moon will be blown
out of obit anytime soon, either. Here is a (small but
growing) list of such fictional "predictions".
[Submissions greatly desired.]
- Roman legions in science
Science fiction owes the Romans a huge debt, as anyone
who is familar with Anderson's Flandry
series, Asimov's Foundation, or Miller et
al's Traveller knows. Every now and then
I've stumbled across a book that uses Roman Legion
nomenclature (e.g., Glen Cook's The Dragon Never
Sleeps). This is a list of all the Roman Legions,
with notations about where they have been mentioned in
science fiction. [Submissions greatly desired.]
Essays about Science Fiction