The Long Way to A Small, Angry PlanetBook - 2015
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump for several months, but it's starting to pick up again. Mostly I seem to be into Adventures in space! books at the moment (to be fair when am I not into Adventures in space! books?), possibly a result of the Star Wars renaissance. It's a good time to be a science fiction fan. Recent recommended reads: The Ancillary trilogy by Ann Leckie, beginning with … (more)
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ChristchurchLib Jan 25, 2019
In this light-hearted take on a space opera, a motley crew roam the cosmos in a patched-together ship. Alongside the twists and turns of space-adventuring, various romances between unlikely partners develop, including between the protagonist (a human) and a reptilian pilot. With strong character ... Read More »
ChristchurchLib Feb 24, 2019
For fans of shows like Farscape and Firefly, this is an awesome book about the crew of the spaceship Wayfarer as they travel through a wormhole to a distant planet. Featuring a diverse cast of characters with different species, different genders and gender identities, different sexualities and mo... Read More »
afictionado Feb 13, 2017
Similar to Firefly in its episodic nature, with small adventures rather than large, and focussed on characters rather than having a racing plot. If you prefer something more fast-paced then this isn't for you, but if you're interested in an introspective, comforting sci fi read then give this a go.
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The only reason Humans stopped killing each other to the extent that you used to, I think, is because your planet died before you could finish the job.
Like many lifelong spacers, Ashby didn’t care much for heights on land. Looking down at a planet from orbit was no problem, because out there, falling meant floating. If you took a long fall _inside_ a ship – say, down the engine shaft on a big homesteader – you’d have enough time to shout the word “_falling_!” This would prompt the local AI to turn off the adjacent artigrav net. Your descent would abruptly end, and you’d be free to drift over to the nearest railing. You’d piss off anyone in the vicinity who’d been drinking mek or working with small tech parts, but it was a fair price to pay for staying alive (the “falling” safety was also popularly exploited by kids, who found the sudden reversal in gravity within a crowded walkway or a classroom to be the height of hilarity). But planetside, there was no artigrav net. Even a drop of a dozen feet could mean death, if you landed wrong. Ashby didn’t care much for gravity that couldn’t be turned off.
Living in space was anything but quiet. Grounders never expected that. For anyone who had grown up planetside, it took some time to get used to the clicks and hums of a ship, the ever-present ambience that came with living inside a piece of machinery… Silence belonged to the vacuum outside.
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