Digitally Browsing Sci-Fi!

Hello readers!

It’s been a while since we’ve done one our digital browsing lists! They were a staple of April and May’s lockdown content, but since we reopened to browsing, we’ve leveled off a bit in terms of browsing lists online. But we were recently reminded that we never got around to doing a Sci-Fi list to accompany the High Fantasy and Historical Fantasy lists, so we’re going to remedy that today!


The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells

We’ve talked about Murderbot before. Often. But no sci-fi list would be complete without this most human of robots who continually insists it is not a person, so we figured we’d get it out of the way at the top of the list. With all of the action, adventure, humor, and heart you love most about Muderbot, all five books are the perfect hug of a series. There’s an intensity to these stories that resolves in such satisfying ways–our hearts are always full of contentment when we finish a Murderbot story. There is no exception.

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The Locked Tomb Trilogy, by Tamsyn Muir

Same goes for Gideon and Harrow the Ninth–if you’ve somehow escaped half of our staff going absolutely nuts over these books and slowly dying while waiting for the third one, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Queer, gruesome, witty, dark; these books about absolute disasters of human beings solving puzzles in space with necromancy and swords are worth the dive into the crunchy, skeletal horrors of the dense prose. There’s something new around every corner, with the turn of every page, and you will fall in love with all the terrible people doing terrible, wonderful things.

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Bonds of Brass, by Emily Skrutskie

This book is extremely full of all my favorite things, and I cannot put into words my glee at every single page turn leading to more of my favorite things. They were roommates! There was only one bed! He’s royalty! It’s forbidden! They fake date! They pine! They kiss in the pilot’s chair! Oh yeah, also there is revolution! And space battles! Chases and escapes! Revenge! There is nothing about this book that I don’t like; I’ve been thinking about it constantly since finishing it, and I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on the sequel.

–Megan

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Retribution Falls, by Chris Wooding

This isn’t usually the type of book I go for these days, but lately I’ve been in the mood for a good old fashioned adventure. And happily this book delivered. The best way to describe this book is if Firefly, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Last Exile all got together and had a Steampunk lovechild. It reads so much like all of those things that I often found myself picturing those characters and settings. This isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it is hard not to notice. Also, I’d be remiss not to mention how much I loved the chapter breaks – they had little mini-previews of what was included in the coming chapter, and I loved it. Very period appropriate. All in all this book was an enjoyable romp, and just what I needed right now.

–Elliot

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Infomocracy, by Malka Older

I feel like a good portion of this book went over my head, and it took me several weeks to finish it. Several weeks of googling political and economic terms side-by-side with the novel. That DOES NOT MEAN I DIDN’T LOVE IT. I love working hard for an enjoyable reading experience if the experience is actually worth it, which this was. I think Older has written an entertaining, brilliant, and somewhat terrifying glimpse into what the future may have in store for us. Corporate assassins, micro-democracies, an all-knowing near-future version of Google….all-in-all an amazing political thriller!

–Allison

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Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, by Vylar Kaftan

Wow, all right. The last few pages are an absolute punch to the gut and such a good twist. I could see the hints of it, could almost grasp the idea of it, but the confirmation of it was–whew. As always with novellas, I found myself craving more, especially of the worldbuilding this time around. There was a fascinating dystopia peeking through the plot of this one, and I wanted more of the details very badly. This was a raw little book, and it scraped my heart to shreds.

–Megan

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Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty

I love the idea of a locked door mystery in space, where no one knows whether or not they are the murderer. I love stories about cloning, and how that influences a culture and morality. I love weird near-science speculation, like 3D printing an entire pig. I dig stories with amnesia, and paranoia, and unreliable narrators. I quite like page turners. So all that said this book checked a lot of boxes for me. The pacing was fast, the story quirky, and the world building, while lightly drawn, interesting. I really enjoyed reading this book.

–Elliot

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The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley

I don’t know how to articulate anything about this book. It kept me up until 4am two nights in a row, confused the crap out of me, and was one of the most Satisfying books I’ve ever read?? I have no idea what happened in this book, but I loved it. So many people exploded. Time travel is an absolute mindf*&%. There was so much vomiting. But it was legit AMAZING. The last ten pages are just. JUST WILD. The story is an epic, unraveling time loop that takes concentration to follow, but is worth every bit of effort involved in reading it.

–Megan

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Behind the Throne, by KB Wagers

This is the book you’re looking for *Jedi hand-wave* if you have an Ancillary Justice-shaped hole in your heart. Or if you miss the good Dune books but want something more readable. Or if you’re dying for the next Star Wars something to just get here already. For everyone who enjoys an excellent soft (in the genre sense, definitely not in the content sense *wink wink*) science fiction romp.

–Allison


You can purchase any or all of these amazing sci-fi books by clicking on their titles above! Remember, we’ll deliver right to your doorstep on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so you don’t even have to leave the house to get great books!

Happy reading!

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