Author: Alexandra

In Space, No One Can Hear You …

In space no one can hear you, what, scream? Okay, hands up, I was going to be a tad naughty, and add the word … but then decided to keep this post clean. Which brings me to today’s topic. Does no one ever go to the bathroom in fantasy and SF novels? I mean, come on, people. Does no one fart, or burp, eat, drink, fornicate or … okay, I’ve read a few fantasy books with most if not all of this list. But in SF, it’s like everyone exists in a vacuum—yes, I love me a good pun—that is, we read some great world building, have intense moments with characters hellbent on saving the universe, lasers fizzling through the primordial ether, as sentient spaceships battle the unseen enemy. We read about diplomatic first contact with Foreigners. Fight off alien invasions, subvert god-like Emperors on desert planets, in far-flung futures. We hop across the galaxy through ancient alien star-gates, to myriad worlds beyond our imagination. We fight off merciless virus outbreaks, and nature gone wild, …

Top 5 Tuesday: My Top 5 Winter Reads

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! This weeks topic for the last Tuesday in November is probably fitting, as we head into the December and the winter months. Given my book haul from last week, plus any number of books still unread for SciFiMonth, I think I need to get myself sorted, and get reading. While I might be choosing these books as potentials, that doesn’t mean they’re going to get read in a timely fashion. My track record this last month has been deplorable. But then, I was doing way too much in November, so maybe I can sit back and enjoy a good read through out the weeks leading up to Christmas. Anyway, here are my choices: SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman Inspired to get a hold of a copy after reading Christina’s review, over at Recipe and Read. Not only was her enthusiasm infectious, but the premise for this one has me intrigued — that of a population in the far future controlled (and culled) by …

I’m A Science Fiction Nerd And — This Is My Genre #Tag

How perfect in SciFiMonth that Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, tagged me to talk more about my favourite genre—which just happens to be, science fiction. As if I haven’t stopped all month boring everyone with my book and author recommendations, here’s me talking a little bit more about the genre I love. This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. What is your favourite genre? Ha! As if readers stopping by my blog don’t already now, but in case you didn’t, it’s science fiction. And the even broader umbrella: speculative fiction. Who is your favourite author in this genre? One? Only one? You’re kidding me … I’d have to say, as a child, maybe Robert A. Heinlein, but in my teenage years it was probably Anne McCaffrey and C. J. Cherryh I read the most. It’s hard to choose only one. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back? I’ve said it before, it’s the sheer scope and range of the genre that’s epic: from space opera, …

A Blast From The Past : Part 2

This post—and a number of others that will surely follow—are inspired by Vera from, Unfiltered Tales, commented on my original Blast From The Past post. Both Vera and Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, wanted some suggestions on which SF classic authors they should try reading. So, for those of you who are looking for something different, why not try one or two of the novels mentioned below. Each offers an alternate perspective and narrative to the category it’s listed under. This is by no means a definite list but rather a sampler of choices.