Jalapeno Score: 47/50 Overall Impression: Hello! Let me just quickly introduce myself: I’m Caitlin from Words and Other Beasts, writing a guest review here on Ellie’s blog for Golden Son, as part of the Jalapeno Fiction Award. So big thanks to Ellie for letting me review this here as part of her awards! If you enjoyed Red Rising, […]

Jalapeno Score: 37/50 Overall Impression:  “The Long Way to F*n Nowhere…” Don’t get me wrong, I think Becky Chambers is a talented writer, I really do. I think she has ideas and active imagination. But there is something fundamentally lacking in the book, and it is plot. Imagine you started building the house from the […]

Jalapeno Score: 39/50 Overall Impression:  Reading Planetfall instilled controversial feelings in me. I am going to write this review with some spoilers, because I don’t think I can otherwise express myself properly.  If you read other reviews, there are some people who did not like the controversial aspects of the story, and you can decide […]

Thousands of science fiction fanciers anticipate August 20, 2016 more than Christmas and Birthday altogether. This is the date when the Hugo Awards will be selected from the shortlisted candidates. From over 4000 submissions this year, only 85 survived the initial voting (that’s five per each of the 17 categories). We all know Hugo Awards. […]

Who is this mysterious  new author Branden Frankel? I came across his novel Snowfall on Mars while picking candidates for the 2016 Jalapeño Fiction Award, my attempt to find the best science fiction novels published in 2015. After reading half the novel, I decided to find out who is the person behind the pages. Aside […]

Read Exclusive Interview with Branden Frankel! Jalapeno Score: 42/50 Overall Impression:  Oh so sad, melodramatic, and dreary this “Snowfall on Mars” is. And I loved it. It had a decent amount of terraformation science, hardships on a hostile planet, quirks of a degraded and disillusioned society, religious cult extremes reminiscent of Holocaust or Jonestown massacre, gripping […]

Hi everyone! I have exciting news! As I am working though my reading list for the 2016 Jalapeño Fiction Award (the award for the best sci fi novel in 2015), I come across ‘Snowfall on Mars’. As I mentioned before, I pick my candidates without any encouragement on the part of their authors, guided primarily […]

Jalapeno Score: 47/50 Overall Impression:  Remember the first time you watched the ‘Matrix’? Remember, how that movie messed with your perception of the reality? This is the analogy that came to my mind when I read the “Dark orbit”, a visionary sci fi novel by Carolyn Ives Gilman. “Dark Orbit” is a strong contender in the […]

To stargazers and techies, To book grazers and skimmers,    To starship and AI dreamers,  To E.T. chasers and time travelers, To warp engineers and string theorists, To black hole and Higgs Bozon scholars,  To dark matter and dark energy ponderers, And to all of us, awe struck with the science and poetry of the universe, […]