June 30th, 2010


Probability Moon & the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton winners

I read Nancy Kress' Probability Moon. A good yarn, with an interesting alien world/culture, albeit one that requires a high-powered Improbability Drive. The main Earth-y people in the story are a couple (xeno)sociologists, a geologist and a biologist, so they can perhaps be forgiven for not figuring out a couple physics things until many pages after I did. Plenty of First Contact-y character goodness. Kress has written two sequels, the latter of which won the Campbell best novel award; I'm not sure I enjoyed this one enough to seek the sequels. Or maybe my experience with Kress' Beggars trilogy tells me that the first one is the one to read.

Going from good to bad, the Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners for 2010 have been announced.
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