Geeks, your time is now. The movie theaters are filled with an influx of science fiction films like Prometheus and films that rely on super tech gadgets like Men In Black III and The Avengers (did you see our Avengers Reading List?). It seems we’ve all gotten used to our tablets, smart phones, and electric cars and it’s time for the next big thing. So until hovercraft parking becomes a reality, here are some new science fiction novels filled with optimistic innovation meant to morph our modern time into truly stellar circumstances.
Years ago, I read Abhorsen by Garth Nix (a 2004 Selected Audiobook for Young Adults) and I was hooked on the blend of fantasy and hard science. His newest book, A Confusion of Princes, came out on May 15, and I made sure to be first on the hold list. Reading about Prince Khemri and fantastic amount of pure science that makes up his world, I was saddened by my realization that Nix is so smart. I think that were I ever to have dinner with him, I would be stuck with only polite replies because the odds of me truly understanding how he created the bitek, psitek and mektek that rule Empire would be small. The best part of the entire novel, aside from the hilarious names of the sixteen priesthoods, is the seamless integration of two genres that fit together in in cyborg-like harmony, each complementing and supporting the other.