📚 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

33/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1980 Hugo Best Novel

The story of the construction of humanity’s first space elevator, tied to the history of the (semi-fictional) island that serves as its base. An easy read, concerned primarily with exploring how such an engineering feat might happen, and without any real antagonist or great interpersonal dramas.

Michael holding The Fountains of Paradise

📚 Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

26/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Neat tale of a woman traveling across a far-future post-apocalyptic earth, healing others with the help of her snakes while searching for an alien snake to assist her, and finding more people to help along the way. Adventuresome, but quiet, with some interesting hints at the wider world that go unanswered as the story unfolds. Really enjoyed the (somewhat groundbreaking at the time, apparently) feminist reworking of the hero’s journey, where conflict is solved by caring and healing rather than combat.

Michael holding Dreamsnake

📚 Smut Peddler Presents: Sordid Past edited by Andrea Purcell

25/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This latest in the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies continues the fine form of its predecessors: fun, cute, sweet, funny, sexy short tales of people getting it on in various combinations, with just as much plot as any self respecting porn needs (in other words, more than is commonly joked about, but not so much as to overwhelm the main event). As always, nicely inclusive of gender, sexuality, and body types, this collection sets all of its tales in historical ages, from just a few decades to hundreds of years ago.

Michael holding Sordid Past