Ghostspeaker Chronicles 2. Willow Witch

Willow Witch is book 2 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series The second book in the saga. Johanna, Prince Roald, Nellie and Loesie have been captured by bandits. Touched by evil magic, Loesie behaves ever stranger and may be a danger to attempts to escape. Every step they take brings them…

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles 1. Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost by Patty Jansen

Innocence Lost is book 1 in the Ghostspeaker Chronicles series She wanted to run her father’s business. She got a mad prince, demons, ghosts and a kingdom in debt. As the only child of a successful merchant, Johanna has her wits and a sense for business. The royal family is…

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Ambassador 2: Raising Hell

Ambassador 2: Raising Hell is book 2 in the Ambassador series The second-quickest way to get yourself killed when dealing with Coldi people of the planet Asto is to look a superior in the eye. The Coldi people possess an instinct that demands the formation of hierarchical networks in which…

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Ambassador 1: Seeing Red

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jansen

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red is book 1 in the Ambassador series 24 October 2114: the day that shocked the world. Young diplomat Cory Wilson narrowly escapes death in the assassination of President Sirkonen. No one claims responsibility but there is no doubt that the attack is extraterrestrial. Cory was meant…

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Return of the Aghyrians series Soldier’s Duty

Soldier’s Duty is book 3 in the Return of the Aghyrians series Izramith Ezmi is many things: a member of the feared, all-female Hedron guards, a war veteran recently returned from a pointless and bloody mission, and impatient, angry and above all, lonely. With her contract about to run out,…

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The Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb (click on the image for more info) This is not Robin Hobb’s best-know or even best-liked work, but I liked this a lot more than her popular series. The main character is male. He goes into the army because he is expected to,…

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Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson There are three books in this series (click on the image for more info): Red Mars Green Mars Blue Mars Together, they form an epic history of the colonisation of Mars as it could truly happen. This is hard science fiction at its very…

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Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh

My number one favourite of favourite series. Start reading book number 1 (click on the image). These books detail the life and tribulations of a puny human Bren Cameron on a planet where humans are in the minority and not in power. The larger and stronger atevi are dangerous, don’t…

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A few comments about Geospermia (Analog, May 2013)

The May 2013 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact contains my story Geospermia. Martin Shoemaker alerted me to a discussion on the F&SF forum about the issue in which a few people mentioned my story Geospermia. For those who have followed me on various social networking sites, this is…

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Science in Science Fiction: seasons

Here is another article in my science in science fiction series. The concept of a year divided into four equal parts–spring, summer, autumn and winter–is a northern European one, and the images that go with these seasons are even more so. The northern European seasons are determined by the position…

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