The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem is hard science fiction, in that there’s a lot of science involved. I don’t know where I originally heard about it, probably some “best of sci-fi translations” list, but it’s won a fair number of awards and is thoroughly enjoyable. It’s also hard to talk about without …

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Four women invented time travel in 1967. Three went on to become rich and famous. One went on to have a breakdown and be cut off from her friends. The Psychology of Time Travel is clearly science fiction, but it’s also a murder mystery and even more about women and …

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

I loved The Consuming Fire! It’s the middle book in a trilogy and do read #1 first. Galactic travel through the Flow is breaking down and human civilization is in grave danger. The Emperox of the Interdependency is convinced, but she’s surrounded by a lot of wealthy, powerful people who …