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message 1: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Discuss your set in space books here.

Oh and I would love to know if it is set in our solar system with planets like mars etc or a made up system with made up planets. Is there a space ship? Interesting technology? Aliens?


message 2: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments May the fourth be with you...


message 3: by Almeta (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10131 comments Sarah wrote: "May the fourth be with you..."

*grin*


message 4: by Almeta (last edited May 04, 2015 04:02AM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10131 comments Sarah wrote: "...Oh and I would love to know if it is set in our solar system with planets like mars etc or a made up system with made up planets. Is there a space ship? Interesting technology? Aliens? ..."

I have started Space for Hire.

Sam Space is an Earthman working as a private detective from a seedy office on Mars, who is hired by a three-headed Venusian to escort her father's extra Coldpac-ed bodies via spaceship from Allnew York Earth to Bubble City Mars. The bodies are used in brain transplant experiments.

So, yes to all of your questions!☻


message 5: by Camilla (new)

Camilla | 1993 comments I'm already about halfway through The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (actually I'm reading the Finnish translation Kuu on julma). Not especially impressed by it so far. It seems I get bored easily nowadays, and the plot isn't exactly racing forward.
It's set in our solar system, on the Moon. No aliens or anything like it, but a sentient computer.


message 6: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments I am about halfway throughRedshirts. It is a crack-up! Well, I think so, anyway. I am listening to Wil Wheaton narrate the story. They just mentioned the reason for the title and the story line, somewhat. I had no idea about the exact story line until I started listening. An alternate reality and time travel make the Space theme even better.


message 7: by Cherie (last edited May 05, 2015 11:27AM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments I finished yesterday afternoon. I was just a little disappointed that there was not more action in Space, but that is okay. The story line more than made up for the lack of space action. There were definately a few places that the author could have explained a few things more so than he did, but it was an very entertaining story, made 1000 times better with Wil Wheaton narrating.

Can't wait to see what Susan has to say.


message 8: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments I'll set up a reporting thread tomorrow when I'm not on this stupid app.


message 9: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments I really do need to get hold of a Will Wheaton narrated audiobook at some point.


message 10: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Sarah wrote: "I really do need to get hold of a Will Wheaton narrated audiobook at some point."

I thought he was wonderful in Ready Player One, Sarah, but I have to say that his performance in Redshirts was over the top. There was a time, that I could have quit the book, except for his voice dragging me on.


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments Cherie wrote: "I finished yesterday afternoon. I was just a little disappointed that there was not more action in Space, but that is okay. The story line more than made up for the lack of space action. There w..."

Loving it so far!


message 12: by Susan (last edited May 06, 2015 08:32PM) (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments OK, just finished Redshirts. Thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm with Cherie in being a little disappointed there wasn't more "space" but it was a fun read. It was fun seeing life from the point of view of those poor guys in the "red shirts."


message 13: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Your book sounds like fun, Almeta! I added it to my list.


message 14: by Tasha☺ (new)

Tasha☺ | 1020 comments I just started my space book, A Wrinkle in Time, It is very interesting so far but I am just starting chapter 3, the blurb says it is set in space so will update later on.


message 15: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments The remarks about Star Trek and the "Redshirts" were there, but it was not quite the story that I expected. Great imagination though. Some of the conversations and dialogue were totally a surprise. My least favorite part was the Internet advice blog by AW. I thought the closing was pretty cool though. The time travel? (view spoiler)


message 16: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Sarah, Redshirts is basically like in our Universe, but an alternate reality of it and an imaginary one set in the future, based on the original Star Trek TV show series. Did I get that right, Susan?


message 17: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Cherie wrote: "Sarah, Redshirts is basically like in our Universe, but an alternate reality of it and an imaginary one set in the future, based on the original Star Trek TV show series. Did I get that right, Susan?"

Sounds intriguing! Even though it's a short book, it sounds like he crammed a lot in to it.


message 18: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Now I know that it is based on Star Trek, I get the reference to the Red Shirts. It is on my TBR and I will definitely get to it as I do like Scalzi's writing style.


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments Cherie, excellent explanation. If you've ever watched any of the Star Trek episodes or movies, or actually any sci fi series, you'll enjoy this one. And I agree that I could have done without the internet/blog part by AW though the other parts at the end were OK.


message 20: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Sarah wrote: "Now I know that it is based on Star Trek, I get the reference to the Red Shirts. It is on my TBR and I will definitely get to it as I do like Scalzi's writing style."

This is my first Scalzi book, Sarah, but I know you and Travis like him a lot. I just haven't had any time to read any others, but I am sure I have some marked on my TBR list.


message 21: by Lanelle (new)

Lanelle | 3110 comments I decided to read something very easy. I went with Stand By for Mars!. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. It kept my attention the whole time. I got frustrated with Roger and wanted to smack him. Astro was a great right hand man for Tom. And Tom was a perfect hero for the story, capable and unassuming. I really think I might want to continue the series.


message 22: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 13587 comments I'm hoping to read Redshirts too. I bought the Wil Wheaton audio, so I'm glad to hear that it was good.


message 23: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Can't wait to hear what you have to say, Kristi. :0)


message 24: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Wil Wheaton basically is the voice of Scalzi. He hasn't done all his books, but has done many of them. I started The Departure. My first Neal Asher. I may have to start it over I feel a bit confused. Basically earth is governed by officials on a space station. It goes back and forth from earth to space


message 25: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments My first book by Asher was Gridlinked. It got me hooked on the series, but I had trouble finding his books in the US. His books do have some serious violence in them, but I find them addictive. Over the course of the series characters evolved in meaningful ways, and at times I even found myself rooting for a bad guy because his character and motivation were nuanced enough for me to like him.


message 26: by Tasha☺ (last edited May 09, 2015 08:30PM) (new)

Tasha☺ | 1020 comments Finished my space book A Wrinkle in Time, it was ok. I really loved the first part on earth and the premise of the story to save the lost father, it was also cute how they traveled through time by wrinkling. I just couldn't get into the characters and trying to understand fifth dimensional space travel was a little more info then I bargained for.
@ Sarah There were no spaceships and only one kind of alien


message 27: by Camilla (new)

Camilla | 1993 comments I finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, ended up giving it only two stars. It did contain a bit of dry humor now and then, but other than that I found it too slow. I think it shows its age (written in 1966), since I think today many stories often tend to contain a bit more action. The end was a bit sad though (view spoiler)


message 28: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 48741 comments I started reading Fuzzy Nation on audiobook today for the themed read. It reminds me of the movie, Avatar to some degree. In both stories, there is wealth to be had by mining the planet's resources but there are sentient species that get in the way.

I'm also reminded of Iron Druid's Oberon, except Carl doesn't talk. I think this is going to be an enjoyable read.

When I finish reading the story, I'll answer Sarah's questions. For now, I just wanted to put down my initial thoughts.


message 29: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments Janice, are you listening to Scalzi's remake, or the original book? I read the original quite a while ago, and have heard good things about Scalzi's update.


message 30: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments So far I have been rather bored by my book. No aliens. Robots. Humans. Humans with basically computers inserted in parts of brains for various reasons including so govt can monitor. Some intriguing ideas but it is just boring me even with spurts of action


message 31: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Sounds good Janice. I'm hoping to get to it by the end of the month but it's taking me forever to read at the moment and I still need to read The Martian. I loved Avatar so I'm pleased to hear of the resemblance. I didn't realise the book was a remake of an earlier book - does it go by the same name Lara?

Sorry you are not enjoying your book that much Travis. I hope it picks up.


message 32: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Fuzzy Nation is Scalzi's book , a remake of Little Fuzzy. The original I have not read.


message 33: by Janice, Moderator (last edited May 12, 2015 07:38AM) (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 48741 comments Lara wrote: "Janice, are you listening to Scalzi's remake, or the original book? I read the original quite a while ago, and have heard good things about Scalzi's update."

It's Scalzi's rewrite of the original that I'm listening to. He explained his reasons for writing the book at the beginning of the audiobook - that he loved the original but that it was very dated. It makes me wonder how dated his rewrite will be in 20 years. LOL!


message 34: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Travis of NNY wrote: "Fuzzy Nation is Scalzi's book , a remake of Little Fuzzy. The original I have not read."

Ah that makes sense! I've not read that one. I'll see how I find Scalzi's version, especially if he did a rewrite because the original was dated.


message 35: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Truth is I can't honestly say whether my book is good or bad or even what is going on. The time just isn't right so I'll have to come back another time. Hoping my next choice Falling Free goes smoother for me. I decided I will tackle the Vorsarian Saga in chronological, not publication order. Falling Free is chron. #1 but pub. #4. Bujold really mixes the chrono. up compared to publication. I think #11 pub. is #3 chr. If this one doesn't work next will be William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope


message 36: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Falling Free is turning much more enjoyable so far. Less techy, less complex, more characterization and dialogue. Testing bio engineering in free fall no g space. I like these humanoids "quads" or "chimps" as they call them. Have 4 arms and hands instead of feet and legs because with no gravity hands are more "handy" pun intended. Prabably hooked on this series now. 15 books and countless novellas and shorts


message 37: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (caveatlector) | 1681 comments I found the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga better than that particular book Travis so it should be a good series for you.


message 38: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Thanks Dawn. I see that to be popular opinion although I figured many people were reading publoshed order so I wonder if I'll notice as much unless I came back amd reread it


message 39: by Janice, Moderator (last edited May 15, 2015 12:43PM) (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 48741 comments I finished Fuzzy Nation in the wee hours this morning. I woke at 4:00 and decided to finish the half hour I had left of the book since I couldn't go back to sleep. My review.

The only thing that gave me pause in the story was how realistic the court case was. But, I'm not going to get into the semantics of it, because it was rather fun to read Jack grandstanding.

To answer Sarah's discussion questions:

Solar system: The story occurs on an invented planet called Zarathustra. It didn't really discuss the entire solar system.

Space ship/technology: On planet, the mode of transportation is a skimmer which sounds to be similar to a small plane or hoovercraft. Other technology is similar to what we currently are familiar with.

Aliens: There are the Fuzzies, a small cat-like creature. The story centers around whether or not they are sapient.


message 40: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments That sarcastic humor you mention in the review, Janice, is Scalzi in everything he writes


message 41: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 48741 comments Awesome! I will definitely read more of his books then.


message 42: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments Thanks Janice for answering my nosy questions. Glad you enjoyed the book. Still hoping to get to it before the month is out.


message 43: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3627 comments I have Foundation lined up for this one. I just have to finish the book I'm reading now.


message 44: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Finished Falling Free. I can't say whether it was a good introduction the series or not since my understanding is some main characters don't show until the next book. I will say I felt it was a good introduction to Bujold's writing style. What I liked best was how dhe didn't get caught up in world building and the technologies.I thought she explained things well enough for the reader to get the point. It was the dialogue that made the book I think. Dialogue can be quite lacking in sci fi at times but Bujold provides it in such a natural free flowing way.

Basically humans have a space station to do work on bioengineering the perfect human as neededbin space. As always the humanoids eventually feel they shoulf have himan rights and treated better. Then the fighting starts.


message 45: by Mariab (new)

Mariab | 3059 comments Great book's choise, Roz!


message 46: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments Last night I finished reading The Fractal Prince. While the first book in the series takes place in space and on Mars, this one takes place in space and on Earth. I really, really liked the first book, although the integration of virtual with physical was hard to conceptualize at times.

This book took me longer to adjust to. It primarily follows just two characters. About half way through I had an idea of how two of the story threads were going to turn out, and was right. However, while we get to visit Venus, and spend time somewhere else in the galaxy, I found that there was not as much action or plot movement as I needed to stay engaged.


message 47: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments Today I read Athena's Ashes, which I got for review and hadn't gotten to yet. It was a really quick read, but you should definitely read the first book beforehand. I enjoyed it, but it had some weaknesses, namely I felt the heroine didn't live up to her (own) advertising as a super thief.


message 48: by Lynn (new)

Lynn | 2609 comments This month I read:
Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6) by Brian K. Vaughan Saga, Volume 2 (Saga #7-12) by Brian K. Vaughan Saga, Volume 3 (Saga #13-18) by Brian K. Vaughan Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan *

I'm fairly new to graphic novels and before reading these I hadn't really got the enthusiasm surrounding them. The few I had read I thought were ok but nothing to rave about. I then spoke to a fan of graphic novels who pointed me in the direction of Image Comics and supposedly better quality.

Boy, were they right!
The illustrations are gorgeous, the humour is brilliant, the characters and storyline are complex and interesting. Loved them!

(*Not finished Volume 4 yet, currently in the middle of reading it but thought I'd post while I remember!)


message 49: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19984 comments Lynn wrote: "The illustrations are gorgeous, the humour is brilliant, the characters and storyline are complex and interesting. Loved them!..."

Okay, Lynn, you twisted my arm and I added the first one to my list. I will have to check and see if my library has purchased them. They have grown quite a collection of graphic novels and manga. I think they are trying hard to keep the Teen/YA readership comming back. Thanks!


message 50: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18188 comments I'm glad you have found some graphic novels to get your teeth in to Lynn. I love it when you find something you like which makes the earlier disappointments worthwhile.


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