The Earth is just a tiny bit farther away from the sun in Early Riser, but that’s enough to make the winters harsh enough that humans have evolved to hibernate. The exception are the Winter Consuls, a group of misfits tasked with keeping the sleeping population safe.
Ben Bova wrote over 120 science fiction and fact books and won the Hugo six (!) times. Unfortunately, he recently passed away at the age of 88 due to Covid-19-related pneumonia and a stroke. This list is a tribute to his vast body of work, which focused on hard science.
However, his writing style may come across as dated to modern readers, as does an occasional reliance on clichés and stock characters.
Retrofuturism is defined as “the future as imagined by the past,” but that can mean almost anything (aren’t all science fiction books “the future as imagined by the past?”). In practice, it’s a broad category that touches on many of the punks: steampunk, dieselpunk, decopunk, etc.
These books are all excellent and I believe they will pass the test of time. The general rule for being a modern science fiction classic is that it was written in the 21st century, or just so good I felt like including it anyway. Continue reading
Rebellious women made a strong showing in fantasy in 2020, as well as those who simply refused to take “Burn her!” for an answer. Continue reading
When I was a kid, teachers told us that we couldn’t use calculators on tests because when we were older, we obviously wouldn’t be carrying calculators around with us everywhere.
I wonder what we’ll be carrying around with us in another forty years or so. Continue reading
The best thing I can say about 2020 is that it’s going to end at some point.
Fortunately, there are many truly excellent science fiction books published this year to both distract and illuminate us. It’s a nice variety of stories, including deep weirdness, space-opera goodness, diverse authors, and a few laughs.
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