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message 1: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
This thread is for nominations for READER category for June 2020.

READER books need to be
* currently in print in either hardback or paperback (or both). Requiring a special order from a store or website counts, but not if the book is only available used.
* currently available in multiple ebook formats, from multiple vendors
* Space Opera, which means a spaceship has to be involved in the story somewhere.
* If it is part of a series, it needs to be suitable to being read without having read other books in the series.
* Please no blatantly erotic books, as some of our members are not full adults yet.

RULES:
* you may nominate one book on this thread.
* you may second as many nominations as you like on this thread.
* it is okay to nominate the same book on more than one nomination thread, as long as it meets the criteria
* books we already have on our bookshelf will be disqualified
* If a book you nominate or second is selected, you are expected to post at least one comment about it on the thread about the book.
* In about two weeks I will draw a book randomly, with each second being one raffle ticket for the book. That is, a book with three seconds (so four of us want it) will get three chances in the pool.

It is likely helpful if you know something about a book that has been nominated if you mention it in this thread, whether it is for or against the book.


message 2: by Trike (new)

Trike | 589 comments Finder by Suzanne Palmer is very good so far, so I’m recommending it. It’s about a repo man tasked with retrieving a stolen spaceship that’s stashed on a space station in the galactic hinterlands.

I’m about 1/3 of the way in and so far there has been lots of action and cool space stuff, and there seems to be alien enemies circling the joint.


message 3: by Ryan (new)

Ryan I second Finder.


message 4: by Eva (new)

Eva Seconding Finder, as well.


message 5: by Adrian (new)

Adrian | 42 comments How about the Caves of Steel -Isaac Asimov, although is it really Space Opera, hmm


message 6: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
It’s been decades since I reread Caves of Steel but my memory of it has it set on Earth. Unless there is a spaceship involved somewhere it doesn’t qualify as space opera. Naked Sun might, again going by extremely vague memories of a reread decades ago.


message 7: by Trike (new)

Trike | 589 comments Caves of Steel is set under metal domes and inside the Earth — a colossal enclosed city. Basically the US east coast. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where they got the idea for Mega City One in the Judge Dredd comics.

Naked Sun is set on another planet where everyone practices extreme social distancing, essentially living alone on their own ranches with robots as servants. And someone’s been murdered! Dun dun dun! It’s Asimov basically doing the opposite of the locked-room mystery.

Neither are Space Opera but the latter speaks directly to our current situation.

I vaguely recall that later in life Asimov tied his robot novels into his other fictional universes, such as Foundation, and the co-star of the Caves of Steel/Naked Sun/Robots of Dawn books, R. Daneel Olivaw, shows up millennia later in something approaching a Space Opera book. (The “R.” stands for “robot.”) I don’t remember the plot details, aside from the notion that the spaceship crew is trying to find long-lost Earth.


message 8: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (last edited May 16, 2020 04:25AM) (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Summary so far:
Finder (Finder Chronicles, #1) by Suzanne Palmer Finder by Suzanne Palmer. Nominated by Trike. Seconded by Ryan and Eva.

Disqualified:
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. SF but not Space Opera.


message 9: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Harbeke | 125 comments FYI, The Caves of Steel is on sale for $1.99 for the ebook currently. Even though it does not qualify for book of the month here, it is still worth checking out.


message 10: by Eva (new)

Eva I'd like to nominate Edges by Linda Nagata.

The blurb says:
Deception Well is a world on the edge, home to an isolated remnant surviving at the farthest reach of human expansion. All across the frontier, other worlds have succumbed to the relentless attacks of robotic alien warships, while hundreds of light years away, the core of human civilization—those star systems closest to Earth, known as the Hallowed Vasties—have all fallen to ruins. Powerful telescopes can see only dust and debris where once there were orbital mega-structures so huge they eclipsed the light of their parent stars.

No one knows for sure what caused the Hallowed Vasties to fail, but a hardened adventurer named Urban intends to find out. He has the resources to do it. He commands a captive alien starship fully capable of facing the dangers that lie beyond Deception Well.

With a ship’s company of explorers and scientists, Urban is embarking on a voyage of re-discovery. They will be the first in centuries to confront the hazards of an inverted frontier as they venture back along the path of human migration. Their goal: to unravel the mystery of the Hallowed Vasties and to discover what monstrous life might have grown up among the ruins.

Edges is a new entry point into the classic story world of Linda Nagata’s The Nanotech Succession.

From Karl Schroeder, New York Times Notable author of Ventus, and of Stealing Worlds:
"In the Nanotech Succession, Linda Nagata crafted one of the great sagas of galactic-scale science fiction. Yet for every revelation and discovery we found another mystery—none so great as what destroyed the supposedly omnipotent, star-spanning civilization of the Hallowed Vasties. At last, in Edges, Nagata teases at an answer, while simultaneously upping the stakes. Edges is a taut story that asks how far you might push yourself, and how much of your own humanity you might have to sacrifice to save those you love. Edges bursts with ideas and proves once again that Nagata is one of SF's great worldbuilders."

"Edges runs on a lot of brain power, and it's an intellectually stimulating read that posits some truly intriguing questions and ethical dilemmas [...] While the bulk of Edges is interested in more heady affairs and the nature of mankind's place in the cosmos, Nagata's proficiency in writing action beats is certainly on strong and regular display [...] as this book ramps up to its dizzying, frenetic climax...."
—High Fever Books


message 11: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Summary so far:
Finder (Finder Chronicles, #1) by Suzanne Palmer Finder by Suzanne Palmer. Nominated by Trike. Seconded by Ryan and Eva.
Edges (Inverted Frontier #1) by Linda Nagata Edges by Linda Nagata. Nominated by Eva. Awaiting seconds.

Disqualified:
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. SF but not Space Opera.


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Albrecht I second Edges


message 13: by Ally (new)

Ally | 93 comments I don't know if you will accept New Moon by Ian McDonald as space opera. It takes place on the moon and in the next books, also on earth and a space station.


message 14: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
On the moon is good enough


message 15: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (last edited May 21, 2020 11:37AM) (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Summary so far:
Finder (Finder Chronicles, #1) by Suzanne Palmer Finder by Suzanne Palmer. Nominated by Trike. Seconded by Ryan and Eva.
Edges (Inverted Frontier #1) by Linda Nagata Edges by Linda Nagata. Nominated by Eva. Seconded by Michael.
Luna New Moon (Luna #1) by Ian McDonald Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. Nominated by Ally. Awaiting seconds.

Nominations/seconds will close tomorrow.


message 16: by Eva (new)

Eva I'd like to change my second from Finder to Luna: New Moon so that all three options make it to the polls and people have more choice.


message 17: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Eva, you can second as many books as you like. There are no polls. Tomorrow I’ll close the thread and roll random numbers among all the seconds.


message 18: by Trike (new)

Trike | 589 comments I also own Luna and I really want to read Edges. So I know what I’m doing soon. :)


message 19: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Trike wrote: "I also own Luna and I really want to read Edges. So I know what I’m doing soon. :)"

Is that just a comment or is it intended to be seconding both those books?


message 20: by Trike (new)

Trike | 589 comments Just a comment. I’ll second Finder! (I can second my own nomination, right? I’m of two minds about it. Get it? Two... minds? Quality dad joke!)


message 21: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Nominations are now closed. Rolling random numbers now.


message 22: by Teresa, Plan B is in Effect (new)

Teresa Carrigan | 2465 comments Mod
Our Reader Pick is Finder.


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