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Star Wars – Rogue Planet

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Star Wars – Rogue Planet

Bonus Star Wars book review! This week’s random pick falls somewhere between Chuck Wendig’s recent book for the new movies, and Timothy Zahn’s no-longer-canon trilogy from the 90’s. Greg Bear released this one in 2000 as a follow-up to The Phantom Menace, a film which I’m sure a lot of people wish wasn’t canon anymore.

Star Wars: Rogue Planet follows Obi-Wan and Anakin as they travel to the mysterious planet of Zonama Sekot, rumored source of ships which may be the fastest in the galaxy, and which also may be alive.

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Review: Just Over The Horizon – The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear

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Review: Just Over The Horizon – The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear

I’ve been meaning to read more of Greg Bear’s short stories, especially after reading Blood Music (my review can be found here), a groundbreaking novel that was originally based on one of his earlier stories. Fortunately his short-story collection Just Over the Horizon caught my eye right when I was looking for something to read over my vacation. This collection is volume one of what I hope will be several more books, and it features some of Bear’s earlier works from the 1970’s and 80’s, when he was already showing a dazzling skill at taking a concept that’s very tricky to understand, explaining it in a way that a non-scientist can at least start to understand, and then wrapping a story around it.

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Review: Blood Music

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Review: Blood Music

My extensive reading into apocalyptic fiction (three massive short story collections edited by John Joseph Adams and one novel – Station Eleven – all read over the course of fifteen months) shows that when it comes to ways for the world to end, accidentally-engineered plagues outnumber alien invasions, but only just slightly.

But what about an apocalypse that’s both?

First released as a short story, Greg Bear’s classic 1985 book Blood Music shows the Earth being destroyed not by aliens, but by trillions upon trillions of microscopic beings that were engineered from our own blood cells, but which have become something so far beyond humanity that they might as well have come from another planet. It’s an apocalypse that’s horrifying, sometimes beautiful, completely beyond humanity’s control, and very very far over my head in quite a few places.

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