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Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg (Signet Books, 1971 {Blackstone Audio, 2011 Narrator: Bronson Pinchot})

Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg may have been innovative in 1971, but comes across as cliché forty years later. It is a self-described homage to Heart of Darkness, yet contains little that is new and its only twist is not only blatantly obvious from get go and undermines the value of Conrad’s tale. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Planet of Exile, Book 4 in the Hainish Cycle, Ursula K. LeGuin (Ace Double, 1966 {Blackstone Audio, Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie and Steven Hove})

Planet of Exile by Ursula K. LeGuin is the stand alone fourth book in her wonderful Hainish Cycle. The flow of language in this novel is wonderful and adds to the story, which is one of her most tense and gripping. I highly recommend this to any reader, even if they may not like Science Fiction as a whole. For a more in depth review see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Foundation, Isaac Asimov (Avon, 1966)

Foundation by Isaac Asimov is one of the great classics of the Science Fiction genre. Set in the far future, it is a collection of interlinked stories that depicts the creation and growth of a new society based on fundamentals of a futuristic social science. It is a must read for all science fiction fans, and is probably interesting for anyone who doesn’t dislike Sci Fi. Continue reading

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Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin (EOS, first published 1974, rp – 2001)

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula World Fantasy and National Book Awards, The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin remains one of the best reads I’ve enjoyed, regardless of genre. Part of the Hainish Cycle, it is also a stand alone novel, whose storyline holds up brilliantly to the test of time. It is the story of an alien physicist and his life on both the anarcho-communist lunar colony in which he was born, and on the aggressively hegemonic state of his home world. A wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone. Continue reading

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