Books about the end of the civilized world are one of my favorite sub genres of science fiction to read. I’ve read about everything from nuclear war to alien invasion that causes it all. One of my favorite causes of the end to read about and a topic that is really hot right now is a pandemic. That generally means a plague or some kind of widespread sickness. Below are six of my favorites, all of which I highly recommend. I want to be clear that I do not think this kind of scenario is about to happen in the … Continue reading 6 Great Novels about Pandemics
The name of my new novel is currently Caged Animals. But naming a novel is a tricky business. I’ve come up with several other names over the past 2 years that I loved at first and then for one reason or another I fell out of love with them. However, I still like them all at least a little which makes it hard to know which one is the best. That’s where you come in. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on which name(s) you like. Which one grabs you and makes you want to know what the book is … Continue reading Help Me Name My New Book!
In 2019 I read and reviewed 33 fiction books. 17 of those were science fiction novels. In this post, I’ll list my top five favorite reads in the sci-fi category. Keep an eye out in the next few days for two more posts; one for the category of fantasy and another for middle-grade fiction. This list is not a list of the best books that came out this year. It is simply the best books that I happened to read and review this year. My top five are simply the ones that I fell in love with as I read … Continue reading My Favorite Science Fiction books of 2019
Who says Christian science fiction has to be predictable and boring? A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz is a first-rate sci-fi thriller with a plot that’s completely original and it definitely isn’t boring. The story is set in the not-too-distant future when the religion of Islam rules the world and a rigid class system has gone into effect. Our main character, Sandfly, is a low-class debugger. That means his whole existence is defined by his enhanced abilities to program and repair artificial intelligence. When a robot goes crazy on a government spaceship, Sandfly is brought in to find out … Continue reading A Star Curiously Singing – Book Review
Forest Beyond the Earth, by Matthew S. Cox is a fascinating tale of one girl’s incredible journey when her whole world is suddenly taken from her. Its set in the future, a hundred years or so after the inhabitants of earth have just about wiped themselves out. Wisp is a twelve-year old girl who was raised by her loving father, alone in a cabin, isolated in the woods. He is the only person she has ever known for her entire life and one night he is suddenly gone. From there we follow Wisp as she ventures out into a world … Continue reading Forest Beyond the Earth – Book Review
Below is a piece of concept art I drew recently, depicting a scene from the novel that I am currently working on. The working title is Pet Planet, but I’m pretty sure that will be changed before publication. This new project is a complete change of direction for me. It’s a young adult novel that has nothing to do with Glazed Man or Rat Girl. I’m not ready to give any real details yet, as I’m still writing the rough draft. I don’t plan to do illustrations for this one, although I’m considering doing one or two. The illustration below … Continue reading Concept Art
The Martian, by Andy Weir – If entertainment value was all that mattered, I’d give this book the biggest star I could fit on this blog page. That’s because it is a remarkable book that had me hooked from page one. The story is so simple yet it hit something deep in my soul that made me care about this astronaut, to the point that I couldn’t sleep until I found out if he would make it or not. It’s man vs. nature, a familiar theme in movies, taken to a place where nature is a million times more powerful than … Continue reading The Martian – The Book
Wool by Hugh Howey tells a post-apocalyptic tale like none that I’ve ever read. I give it a definite star for originality and great storytelling. The setting is planet earth, many years in the future, after the human race has destroyed 99% of itself. All that remains are the inhabitants of a huge underground silo that has been designed to sustain a city of people indefinitely. One window, on the top floor of the silo, looks out at the toxic wasteland that was once earth. If a resident from within the silo breaks certain rules, their punishment is a death sentence, … Continue reading Wool is Toxic Fun