SF Sunday: so what are you reading?

Very simple this week, although you can spice it up by reading the question above in a very suggestive tone of voice if you like.

I’m halfway through the fantasy Wicked! (The True Story of the Wicked Witch of the West), revisiting an anthology of Australian SF writers speculating on the future of work in light of recent industrial relations reforms, and also halfway through an anthology of the work of James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon). I’m also about due for my annual re-reading of Dune.

I used to sit and read a book through in one sitting, but I find myself doing less of that now except when I’m on holidays. I read a chapter of one, and a little later a chapter of another, and rather enjoy being wrenched about a bit by that. (I’ve also usually got some non-fiction on the go, and a historical or mystery novel as well).

P.S. Just came across this list of links to various SF future history or fantasy timelines online. Sweet.

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  1. I think it’s more fantasy than SF, but I’m reading Queendom Come by Ellen Galford at the moment, which is shaping up very nicely. x

  2. For me the S in SF is Speculative, Debs – so Fantasy novels definitely count. Especially with such a good title 🙂

  3. I’m in the middle of writing up a post excerpting a bit from one of my current books. Stay tuned.
    I’m also currently reading book two in the Golden Compass series, The Subtle Knife.

  4. I wonder at what point ‘speculative’ began to be used as an alternative to the labels SF and Fantasy?
    I suspect, like other labels – ‘magic realism’, ‘world music’, ‘cyber punk’, ‘steam punk’ – marketing, and book critics for newspapers who were eager to find a new trend to label, may have had something to do with it. Not that it’s a bad label at all, quite good actually.
    I’m currently reading one of P K Dick’s mainstream fiction efforts, ‘In Milton Lumky Territory’, with a view to a possible review for a friend’s zine. Also, some essays by C S Lewis, not entirely irrelevant in this discussion thread, as it’s got his essay ‘Religion and rocketry’, and a few others, about the morality of outer-space travel and the possibility of contact with alien beings. Also, have just finished going through my copies of ASIF magazine….
    And just before I SF myself out, I’m also currently writing a rather lurid other-planet fantasy involving giant spiders and vampires, amongst other things.

  5. I just finished John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades and am about to start the sequel The Last Colony. I have Elizabeth Moon’s Victory Conditions and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon sitting on my bedside table with a bookmarks in them.
    mimbless last blog post..Him

  6. I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things right now, though I suppose that his stuff is more fantasy/AU than sci-fi.

  7. I’m reading ‘Souls In The Great Machine’ by Sean McMullen. Set in Australia, many years after the world is nuked. Its pretty good with interesting concepts, though the wacky sounding Aussie town names aren’t so wacky sounding to an Aussie.

  8. I just finished Stross’ Saturn’s Children, and I’m not yet certain what I think about it. On one hand, it sort of breaks my brain as I’m not keen on the sex bits, and on the other it’s a big slap in the face to both the Heinlein/Asimov/Clarke genre writing and any other femmebot SF that’s come before.
    Coming up I have Doctorow’s Little Brother, some paperback urban fantasy, and shamefully, Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, because I need at least one thing to piss me off.

  9. Incidentally, that link reminds me that I was always going to put together a timeline and family tree site for Julian May’s Galactic Milieu series. There’s some info out there on the Pliocene Exile, including May’s own print A Pliocene Companion, but not for the Remillard novels set in the 20th and 21st centuries.
    If you haven’t read those, they’re totally worth a go.

  10. I love May’s Remillard novels. It’s hard to do psychic powers plausibly from a science point of view, and May did far better than most in building a strong psychic edifice that allowed the story to just rattle along on top of it.

  11. I’m reading Renegade’s Magic, the third in Robin Hobb’s latest trilogy, and awaiting an Amazon order – looking forward to rereading The Handmaid’s Tale, and exposing the wicked fairy (my partner) to it for the first time.

  12. I went through a Tiptree obsession ages ago, and I thank you for reminding me that it is high time for a re-read.

  13. Tigtog, I read Wicked a little while ago after becoming obsessed with the musical. It’s an excellent exercise in reinterpretation.
    I actually think the musical is better though – much clearer and more concise. Towards the end of the book I felt it got a little clunky. Mind you, this could be because I’m a romantic and the musical has build up to the kissing..
    I’ve been trying to get into Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight. You know, considering she has become The Voice to all the teenage girls in the world. But….I’m just not feeling it. the protagonist Bella gets angry at EVERYTHING. It’s kind of like reading a terribly intelligent 15 year old’s diary.

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