Seattle Picks: Science Fiction Favorites
Annotation:Lededje finds herself in the middle of the dangerous machinations of the all-powerful Culture who turned its attention to solving the problem of death itself by creating a virtual afterlife. (Culture Universe #9)
Annotation:Professional problem-solver Miles Vorkosigan once again lands in the middle of an intergalactic incident after he uncovers the nefarious designs of a powerful corporation on Kibou-daini, a planet colonized by people of Japanese ancestry. (Vorkosigan Saga #17)
Annotation:Intergalactic assassin Bet Yeager finds herself behind enemy lines and on the losing side of a war. Somehow she must stay alive and hide her true identity while making it to friendlier areas of space. (Alliance/Union series, Company Wars #4)
Annotation:A start-up tech company makes startling discoveries in artificial intelligence while trying to perfect its brand of virtual pets.
Annotation:Army officer Oscar Britton finds himself on the wrong side of the U.S. government after he manifests a rare and forbidden magic skill that threatens to forever change the status quo. (Shadow Ops #1)
Annotation:A war is brewing in our solar system and the ice miners under the direction of Captain Jim Holden discover a horrifying secret that threatens the fragile peace between planets. (Expanse #1)
Annotation:A seemingly endless swarm of metal-devouring insects has permanently altered the societal structure of the U.S. Streetwise orphan Kimble finds himself at the center of this new world order after he joins a middle-aged woman’s dojo.
Annotation:Carmen Dula is nervous about her parents’ decision to uproot the family and move to Mars. As if dealing with her typical teen problems wasn’t enough, Carmen also accidently engages in the universe’s first human-alien encounter. (Marsbound #1)
Annotation:A man caught in the act of kidnapping two girls literally vanishes in front of the terrified parents’ eyes. Meanwhile, 50 years in the future, the last survivors on Earth struggle to keep the human race alive.
Annotation:A water shortage threatens the population of an asteroid colony, but Jane thinks a more sinister culprit—involving the Martian mafia, a violent cult and a rogue artificial intelligence—lies behind this potentially life-threatening catastrophe.
Annotation:Graduate student Samuil Petrovitch becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy involving the Russian mafia, yakuza and gun-toting nuns after he saves a young woman from a kidnapping attempt in the London Metrozone. (Petrovitch Trilogy #1)
Annotation:A flip-over collection of two novels: One about the return of the mythical Prometheus to modern-day Los Angeles, the other about the rapid advancement of animatronic technology.
Annotation:A seemingly endless supply of cyborg cops are called to investigate everything from mass murder on distant planets to corrupt government officials to prostitution rings run by an intergalactic cabal of organized crime mobs.
Annotation:After the U.S. is devastated by ecological disaster, refugee Brad Sheridan flees North America for work at a Mount Vesuvius theme park in Italy, but he soon becomes embroiled in a multifarious terrorist plot with far reaching implications.
Annotation:After an eccentric scientist discovers an infinite number of alternate Earths only a “step” away, Joshua and his artificial intelligence companion, Lobsang, set about exploring as much of the multiverse as they can.
Annotation:Hard-boiled crime fiction set in deep space about a ragtag group of wreck-divers who salvage spaceship wrecks. Things turn sinister, however, when they discover remnants of stealth technology, which has been outlawed for centuries. (Diving Universe #3)
Annotation:Waverly is on a generation ship when a vicious attack by religious extremists from their sister ship leaves her a prisoner. Meanwhile, the remaining teenagers struggle to rescue those kidnapped and save their crippled ship. (Sky Chasers #1)
Annotation:No one seems to notice that low-ranking science officers aboard the Intrepid starship always disappear on away missions. The meta-fictional claws come out when new recruits investigate the truth behind the Redshirts’ run of bad luck.
Annotation:Jenny Ramos-Kennedy faces most of the usual experiences of a college freshman, but her college happens to be on a space station. Meanwhile, on Earth, ecological chaos reigns as an alien parasite wreaks havoc on the planet.
Annotation:An ancient Earth with an aging Sun on the precipice of extinguishing provides the setting for these stories by various authors. Vance’s highly stylized approach to this world favors wit, chicanery and lyrical embellishments over swordplay and epic battles.
Annotation:A plucky robot refuses to give up her dreams of being on Broadway, and her only hope of making this dream a reality is an aging diva who has no intention of helping a young ingénue—robot or otherwise!
Annotation:A young couple separated by space and time, the victims of a war across light-years and the effects of time dilation, are newly reunited when an ill-fated Caribbean cruise puts them once again in danger.
Annotation:Mankind is in cultural and spiritual decay while androids have reached the perpetual apex of equality and sophistication. Seven interconnected tales tell the story of how humans lost their way and the possible road to salvation.