Another year, another SciFi Month, another Monday … it must be time for another round of six degrees!
I was sitting on the fence about doing this tag again this year, but imyril tipped me over the edge by getting SF giant Peter F(rigging) Hamilton to play – I mean, how am I supposed to resist that?!
This tag was inspired by Kate over at Books are My Favourite and Best, but had its dial tweaked round to sci-fi by imyril for SciFi Month 2019. It is an addictive, frustrating, ultimately satisfying tag/game that can be played again and again, and I challenge everyone to have a go at it at least once!
Rules: take six science fiction books and link them one to the other in a chain using shared themes or tropes. Triple points (and a cookie) if you are able, at the end of your chain, to link the last book back to the first creating a scintillating circle of science-fictional delight.
This year I’ve taken all titles from my sci-fi tbr pile. Every one of these books was something I planned to squeeze into my November reading before reality gave me a swift sharp slap around the face …
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
On a post-apocalyptic and dying Earth, in a Nigeria torn apart by war, two sisters are separated by conflict. This story promises mechs (Onyebuchi was inspired by Gundam!) and biotech, a ravaged dystopian world and some tough social commentary. Squeee.
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
Apprenticed aboard the scavenger spaceship Monetta’s Mourn, two sisters are separated when the vessel is attacked by criminal types. I already love Reynold’s writing, but to hear that he’d written a space adventure about space treasure and space pirates got me very excited. Too bad I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet …
The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken
This scifi thriller about criminal types getting together to pull off possibly the biggest heist the galaxy has ever seen, sounds like a blast. One of the main characters is an Artificial Intelligence who believes himself to be a reincarnated Saint … what more do I need to say? I need to get on this one soon.
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
I can’t remember who recommended this one to me, but I am absolutely here for this scifi thriller about an Artificial Intelligence called Paladin, a robot who is hunting down a patent pirate (more criminal types!) who clones pharmaceuticals.
Noumenon by Marina J Lostetter
This is where my chain could fall apart:
A fleet of nine generational ships carrying human clones (tenuous? yeah …) makes an eons-long journey towards a peculiar star. What appeals to me most about this book is that Lostetter is telling a story about social change over generations in a series of vignettes. Sounds like absolutely my cup of tea.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Telling a story about social change over generations Tchaikovsky’s book sees near-extinction humanity leave their dying Earth for a terraformed planet that proves, upon arrival, to be already occupied. That’s all I know. Well, that and … there are spiders. Squeee!
So has anyone read anything on this list? Got any thoughts on what I should tackle first? And have I managed to tempt you into having a go at 6 Degrees of SFnal Separation for yourself?