My Favorite 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy

Every year I push myself to read a variety of fiction, new and old, and a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. Here are some of my favorite science fiction and fantasy novels published in 2016:

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Romantic Wednesdays: Putting the Steam in Steampunk

twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules VerneFirst of all, what is this steampunk, anyway?

Think of it this way. If the kind of technology in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea actually worked, if all those marvelous Victorian steam-powered machines, and we used airships like the Hindenburg instead of airplanes, well, that’s steampunk. Sometimes there’s magic, and sometimes there’s an extra element in the periodic table that powers the steam technology, but there are always airships. And lots of gears. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Putting the Steam in Steampunk”

Science Fiction Fridays: 3 steampunks perfect for summer reading

Queen Victoria's Book of SpellsQueen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow
A stunning collection of short stories by some of the best fantasy authors in the field that range from lush historical fantasy to thrilling steampunk, and everything in between. Plenty of revenge tales (a personal favorite of mine) and all the authors capture the Victorian period in interesting and authentic feeling ways. Excellent stories from Gregory Maguuire, Tanith Lee, Catherynne M. Valente, Kathe Koja and many more. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: 3 steampunks perfect for summer reading”