It has been 2 years since my Kindle arrived (September 2, 2010 to be exact). Sure not exactly an early adopter, it was more than 3 years after the initial launch of the device and part of the product and marketing blitz that allowed Kindle books to outsell print books in Q4 2010. And for the most part I have switched my consumption to digital books. Not including technical books (thank you O’Reilly), I have purchased and read 85 science fiction books on the Kindle (almost 1 book per week).
I started reading digital editions of Hugo and Nebula award winners. I started with John Scalzi’s Follow @scalzi
award winning Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and Zoe’s Tale. These books are amazing, they are a great romp through crazy military and technology. I continued with The Evolutionary Void continuation of the Void Trilogy (which was part of Peter F Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga including Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained possibly 2 of my favorite books in the past 10 years). I was waiting for new new releases from Charles Stross, Alastair Reynolds, Richard Morgan, Cory Doctorow and Orson Scott Card. While waiting I decided to switch strategies, I would try to find books that were $0.99-$2.99 in price. My reasoning, my engagement per book was just greater than 7 days, I figured like renting a movie (approximately $5.99 for 2 hours on iTunes HD) that would be my threshold. Unless a book was part of a series I had read previously, or an author I was following my limit was $2.99/book.
There are a lot of interesting books but here are my favorite series and authors. What are you reading?
Wool by Hugh Howey Follow @hughhowey
This might be the best SF I have read in a long time. The Wool series is one of the most engaging dystopian futures I have read. I starting reading based on a tweet by John Lilly. It’s just an amazing series.
— John Lilly (@johnolilly) May 14, 2012
- Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5)
- First Shift – Legacy (Part 6 of the Silo Series) (Wool)
- Half Way Home (this is not part of the Wool series but it was a fun read)
Spinward Fringe by Randolph Lalonde Follow @randolphlalonde
Another Canadian. This one living in Sudbury. Like many others I’m waiting Broadcasts 7 & 8. This incorporated a lot of future tech I have seen elsewhere but it is the characters and the story lines that make it worth the read.
- Origins (Spinward Fringe)
- Broadcast 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening
- Spinward Fringe Broadcast 3: Triton
- Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline
- Spinward Fringe Broadcast 5: Fracture
- Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6: Fragments
- The Expendable Few – A Spinward Fringe Novel
Prides of Sol by Rod Rogers
- A Nepenthean Solution
- Flight of the Solar Archangel
- Prides of Sol
- Penultimate Summer
- The Children of Danu – Imperator
Vaughn Heppner is a Canadian living in California. Hoping this counts as Can-Con. The Doom Star series is a little out there – genetic engineering, cyborgs, space battles, subterranean cities. But it’s a fun read, the characters are relatable
- Star Soldier (Book #1 of the Doom Star Series)
- BIO-WEAPON (Doom Star #2)
- Battle Pod (Book #3 of the Doom Star Series)
- Cyborg Assault (Book #4 of the Doom Star Series)
- Planet Wrecker (Doom Star #5)
- Star Fortress (Doom Star #6)
- Invasion: Alaska
Evan Currie Follow @tenhawk
- On Silver Wings (Warrior’s Wings Book One)
- Valkyrie Rising (Warrior’s Wings Book Two)
- Valkyrie Burning (Warrior’s Wings Book Three)
- Thermals (An Anselm Gunnar eBook)
- Into the Black: Odyssey One
- The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One
BV Larson Follow @bvlarson
This is a strange series. I disliked BV Larson’s Mech series, I disliked the books so much that for the first time I did not finish the series. But I have enjoyed the expanding Star Force Series. The simplicity of programmed circuits and logic for a species is very interesting, particularly when matched against the less than binary humans.