Monday, January 10, 2022

2022: The Year in Audio

 Just as the past few years saw me try to reignite a love of reading, this year I am going to try and listen to more music (more often). So, what will 2022 bring?

Current as of: January 10, 2022.

Isaac Albeniz: Echoes of Spain. Cantos De Espana

Sir Malcolm Arnold: English, Scottish, Cornish, Irish and Welsh Dances. Chamber Music of Arnold

The Art of Noise: Into Battle.

Rachel Bloom: Please Love Me.

David Byrne: The Catherine Wheel. American Utopia on Broadway.

The Clash: London Calling. Combat Rock.

Brian Eno and David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

Philip Glass: Satagraha (Metropolitan Opera). Mishima. Akhnaten (Metropolitan Opera).

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians.

Todd Rundgren: Faithful

Andres Segovia: A Tribute to Segovia

Tangerine Dream: The Keep. Stratosfear.

Traditional: Whaling and Sailing Songs from the Days of Moby Dick. Roast Beef of Old England

Jethro Tull: War Child.

XTC: Drums and Wires.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021: The Year in Reading

 Another year in the books!

Long forms read? 156!

Short forms read? 416!

The biggest improvement year over year was to maximize my reading time. I cut way back on television and podcasts and did a lot of reading where I was using both the eBook and aBook of the same title. I also spent a significant amount of time reading series (it's a lot easier to continue with a story and a set of characters you love than to start a new work): Peter Grant, the Vorkosigan Saga, Brother Cadfael, The Black Company and more.

2022? More of the same, I expect. Fingers crossed.

2022: The Year in Shorts

  Across the eons comes a tale of a time in a galaxy far, far away, when John DeNardo of SF Signal started tracking his short stories read as a way of trying to make a goal of reading one short work for each day of the year. I've managed, more often than not, to match that goal myself. While the tradition has faded at SF Signal, it continues here. The legend continues!

Number of Stories Read: 052 (out of 365) as of January 18, 2022.

Poul AndersonThe Technic Civilization 04—Young Flandry. Made up of: Enter a Hero, Somewhat Flawed (Hank Davis); Ensign FlandryA Circus of HellsThe Rebel Worlds; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (1 story; continuing to read).

Poul AndersonThe Technic Civilization 05—Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire. Made up of: Enter an Adversary—Charismatic and Ruthless (Hank Davis); Outpost of Empire; The Day of Their Return; Tiger by the Tail; Honorable Enemies; The Game of Glory; A Message in Secret; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories; continuing to read).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 06—Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra. Made up of: Enter Hero and Adversary, Accompanied by Alarms and Tumult (Hank Davis); The Plague of Masters; Hunters of the Sky Cave; The Warriors from Nowhere; A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories, continuing to read).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 07—Flandry's Legacy: The Technic Civilization Saga. Made up of: The Wheel Turns (Hank Davis); A Stone in Heaven; The Game of Empire; A Tragedy of Errors; The Night Face; The Sharing of Flesh; Starfog; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (0 stories; continuing to read).

Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan (editors): The New Space Opera 01. Made up of: (read in 2021) Introduction (Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan); Saving Tiamat (Gwyneth Jones); Verthandi's Ring (Ian McDonald); Hatch (Robert Reed); (read in 2022) Winning Peace (Paul J. McAuley); Glory (Greg Egan); Maelstrom (Kage Baker); Blessed by an Angel (Peter F. Hamilton); Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? (Ken MacLeod); The Valley of the Gardens (Tony Daniel); Dividing the Sustain (Patrick Kelly); Minla's Flowers (Alastair Reynolds); Splinters of Glass (Mary Rosenblum); Remembrance (Stephen Baxter); The Emperor and the Maula (Robert Silverberg); The Worm Turns (Gregory Benford); Send Them Flowers (Walter Jon Williams); Art of War (Nancy Kress); Muse of Fire (Dan Simmons) (4 stories read in 2021; 0 stories read in 2022, continuing to read).

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories. Made up of: (read in 2021) Introduction (S.T. Joshi); Suggestions for Further ReadingA Note on the TextCanon Alberic's Scrap-bookLost HeartsThe Mezzotint (x2); The Ash-TreeNumber 13; (read in 2022) Count Magnus; "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; The Treasure of Abbot Thomas; A School Story; The Rose Garden; The Tractate Middoth; Casting the Runes; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral; Martin's Close; Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance; Appendix: Ghost Stories; A Night in King's College Chapel; Preface to Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary; Preface to More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary; Explanatory Notes (7 stories read in 2021; 1 stories read in 2022, continuing to read).

George R. R. Martin (editor): Wild Cards Volume 1. Made up of: Prologue (George R. R. Martin); Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! (Howard Waldrop); The Sleeper (Roger Zelazny); Witness (Walter Jon Williams); Degradation Rites (Melinda Snodgrass); Interlude One (George R. R. Martin); Captain Cathode and the Secret Ace (Michael Cassutt); Powers (David D. Levine); Shell Games (George R. R. Martin); Interlude Two (George R. R. Martin); The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato (Lewis Shiner); Transfigurations (Victor Milan); Interlude Three (George R. R. Martin); Down Deep (Edward Bryant and Leanne C. Harper); Interlude Four (George R. R. Martin); Strings (Stephen Leigh as S. L. Farrell); Interlude Five (George R. R. Martin); Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan (Carrie Vaughn); Comes a Hunter (John J. Miller); Epilogue—Third Generation (Lewis Shiner); Appendix—The Science of the Wild Card Virus (Lewis Shiner); Excerpts from the Minutes of the American Metabiological Society Conference on Metahuman Abilities (not listed) (22 stories, collection completed).

George R. R. Martin (editor): Wild Cards Volume 2—Aces High. Made up of: Pennies from Hell (Lewis Shiner); Jube (George R. R. Martin); Unto the Sixth Generation (Walter Jon Williams); Ashes to Ashes (Roger Zelazny); If Looks Could Kill (Walter Simons); Winter's Chill (George R. R. Martin); Relative Difficulties (Melinda Snodgrass); With a Little Help from His Friends (Walter Milan); By Lost Ways (Pat Cadigan); Mr. Koyama's Comet (Walter Jon Williams); Half Past Dead (John J. Miller) (0 stories, continuing to read).

George R. R. Martin (editor): Wild Cards Volume 3—Jokers Wild. Made up of: Bagabond (Leanne C. Harper); Fortunato (Lewis Shiner); Jennifer "Wraith" Maloy (John J. Miller); Jack "Sewer Rat" Robicheaux (Edward Bryant); Roulette (Melinda Snodgrass); James "Demise" Spector (Walter Simons); Hiram Worchester (George R. R. Martin) ("mosaic novel" written by these authors) (0 stories, continuing to read).

C.L. Moore: The Best of C.L. Moore. Made up of: Shambleau; Black Thirst; The Bright Illusion; Black God's Kiss; Tryst in Time; Greater Than Gods; Fruit of Knowledge; No Woman Born; Daemon; Vintage Season; Afterword—Footnote to "Shambleau"...and Others (9 stories, continuing to read).

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 8th Baron Dunsany, generally known as Lord Dunsany (edited by Lin Carter): At the Edge of the World. Made up of: About "At the Edge of the World" and Lord Dunsany: The Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai (Lin Carter); The Cave of Kai; Of the Gods of Averon (variant of The Sorrow of Search); Mlideen; The King That Was Not; The Men of Yarnith; In the Land of Time; Time and the Gods; The Opulence of Yahn (variant of Usury); The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth; Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean; The Idle City; Bethmoora; Idle Days on the Yann; The Hashish Man; Carcassonne; In Zaccarath; The Dream of King Karna-Vootra; How the Enemy Came to Thlūnrāna?; The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befell Him; A Shop in Go-By Street; The Avenger of Perdóndaris; How the Dwarfs Rose Up in War (variant of A Pretty Quarrel); The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men; The Loot of Bombasharna; The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater; The Bride of the Man-Horse; The Quest of the Queen's Tears; How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never; A Day at the Edge of the World (variant of The Long Porter's Tale); Erlathdronion (variant of A Tale of the Equator); Epilogue to "The Book of Wonder"; Afterword (Lin Carter) (14 stories, continuing to read).

Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost (1 story, completed).

Bill Wood (editor): On Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren. Made up of: Contemporary Reviews, 1975-76: Only One Hundred Years Till Death of Harlow! (Steven Paley); S.F. (Gerald Jonas); Breakdown of a Breakthrough Novel (Harlan Ellison); Galaxy Bookshelf (Theodore Sturgeon); The Autumnal City (Douglas Barbour); Dully Grinning Delany Descends to Disaster (Darrell Schweitzer); Reviews of the 1996 Wesleyan University Press Reprint: Now Read This (John Nizalowski); Dhalgren (Rudi Dornemann); Delany on Dhalgren: Of Sex, Objects, Signs, Systems, Sales, SF, And Other Things (Samuel R. Delany); Some Remarks Toward a Reading of Dhalgren (K. Leslie Steiner); From "The Semiology of Silence", an Interview with Samuel R. Delany Included in Silent Interviews (Samuel R. Delany); Looking Back at the Autumnal City (Samuel R. Delany); Sources: The Instruction Manual (John Ashbery); Critical Reaction: Amnesia (Steven Shaviro); An "Introduction" (Jean Marc Gawron); Rites of Reversal—Double Consciousness in Delany's Dhalgren (Mary Kay Bray); This You-Shaped Hole of Insight and Fire (Robert Elliot Fox); Subverted Equations—G. Spencer Brown's Laws of Form and Samuel R. Delany's Analytics of Attention (Kenneth R. James); The Making of Hogg: The Making of Hogg, An Interview from Fiction International; Errata (4 essays; continuing to read).

Periodicals:

None yet.

Graphic Novels:

None yet.

2022: The Year in Books

 Here is a list of books (long form works) that I have read for the year. Books will come in many formats: paper (pBooks), audio (aBooks), electronic (eBooks) and possibly even serialized in magazines.


Number of books read (as of January 18, 2022): 002.

Books read (alphabetical by author, then chronological within author):

Samuel R. Delnay: Dhalgren (aBook) (January).

George R. R. Martin (editor): Wild Cards 1 (aBook) (January).

Books read (in chronological order, master list): 001: Wild Cards 1 (Martin). 002: Dhalgren (Delany).

Paper Books: 000. 

Electronic Books: 000.

Audiobooks: 002.

For this year, many of the books were read as I synchronized between the audiobook version and the electronic book version. The count was "awarded" to the category where I "read" the most of the book. As you can see, I did a lot of walking this year, so a large chunk of books were consumed while on those walks.

Current Reads (2022)

 I'm listing these as aBooks (audio), eBooks (electronic, various formats) and pBook (paper, various sizes). In some cases you'll see more than one format listed, this is usually where I have both the electronic and audio formats and they can be synchronized. In many cases, I have both the eBook and the pBook, but you can't synchronize those two!

In the Current Reads folder of my Kindle, on the nightstand in paper form, on the phone as an audiobook, on the magazine or comics racks (current as of January 18, 2022):

William Albracht: Abandoned in Hell—The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate (eBook). 

Poul Anderson: The Technic Civilization 04—Young Flandry (aBook). The Technic Civilization 05—Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire (aBook). The Technic Civilization 06—Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra (aBook). The Technic Civilization 07—Flandry's Legacy: The Technic Civilization Saga (aBook) (all the preceding are omnibus editions, made up of novels and short stories). The Complete Psychotechnic League 01 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 02 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 03 (eBook). 

Isaac Asimov: Foundation 03—Second Foundation (eBook). Foundation 04—Foundation's Edge (eBook). 

Rick Atkinson: The Liberation Trilogy 01—An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 (eBook).

Iain M. Banks: Culture 02—The Player of Games (eBook). Culture 03—Use of Weapons (aBook). Culture 04—The State of the Art (pBook). Culture 05—Excession (eBook). Culture 06—Inversions (eBook). Culture 07—Look to Windward (eBook). Culture 08—Matter (eBook). Culture 09—Surface Detail (eBook). Culture 10—Hydrogen Sonata (eBook). Transition (eBook). The Algebraist (pBook). Against a Dark Background (pBook).

Stephen Baxter: Xeelee Omnibus (pBook). Vacuum Diagrams (eBook).

Alfred A. Bell, Jr.: Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 03—The Corpus Conundrum (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 04—Death in the Ashes (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 05—The Eyes of Aurora (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 06—Fortune's Fool (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 07—The Gods Help Those (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 08—Hiding from the Past (eBook). 

Gregory Benford: Galactic Center 00—A Hunger for the Infinite (aBook). Galactic Center 02—Across the Sea of Suns (aBook). Galactic Center 03—Great Sky River (aBook). Galactic Center 04—Tides of Light (aBook). Galactic Center 05—Furious Gulf (aBook). Galactic Center 06—Sailing Bright Eternity (aBook). Anomalies (eBook). Against Infinity (eBook). The Stars in Shroud (eBook).

Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund: If the Stars are Gods (eBook).

Peter Bryant: Red Alert (eBook).

John Brunner: Stand on Zanzibar (eBook and aBook). The Sheep Look Up (aBook). The Jagged Orbit (eBook). The Squares of the City (eBook).

A. Bertram Chandler: Grimes 01—To the Galactic Rim (omnibus of The Road to the RimTo Prime the PumpThe Hard Way UpThe Broken Cycle) (eBook)

C.J. Cherryh: The Hinder Stars 01—Alliance Rising (eBook). The Faded Sun Trilogy (omnibus—The Faded Sun: KesrithThe Faded Sun: Shon'JirThe Faded Sun: Kutath) (aBook). Cyteen 01—Cyteen (aBook). Cyteen 02—Regenesis (eBook). Company Wars 02—Alliance Space (omnibus—Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna) (eBook). Company Wars 00—Hellburner (eBook). Company Wars 00—Heavy Time (eBook). Company Wars 00—Rimrunners (pBook). Company Wars 00—Tripoint (pBook). Company Wars 00—Finity's End (pBook). Chanur 01—The Pride of Chanur (aBook). Chanur 02—Chanur's Venture (aBook). Chanur 03—The Kif Strike Back (aBook). Chanur 04—Chanur's Homecoming (aBook). Chanur 05—Chanur's Legacy (aBook). 

Hal Clement: Mesklin 01—Mission of Gravity (eBook). Mesklin 02—Star Light (eBook).

Lindsey Davis: Falco 02—Shadows in Bronze (aBook and eBook); Falco 03—Venus in Copper (aBook and eBook); Falco 04—The Iron Hand of Mars (aBook and eBook); Falco 05—Poseidon's GoldFalco 06—Last Act in PalmyraFalco 07—Time to DepartFalco 08—A Dying Light in CordubaFalco 09—Three Hands in the FountainFalco 10—Two for the LionsFalco 11—One Virgin Too ManyFalco 12—Ode to a BankerFalco 13—A Body in the Bath HouseFalco 14—The Jupiter MythFalco 15—The AccusersFalco 16—Scandal Takes a HolidayFalco 17—See Delphi and DieFalco 18—SaturnaliaFalco 19—Alexandria; Falco 20—NemesisThe Flavia Albia Series: Flavia 01—The Ides of AprilFlavia 02—Enemies at HomeFlavia 03—Deadly ElectionFlavia 04—The Graveyard of the HesperidesFlavia 05—The Third NeroFlavia 06—Pandora's BoyFlavia 07—A Capitol DeathFlavia 08—The Grove of the Caesar'sFlavia 09—A Comedy of TerrorsRelated: The Spook Who Spoke Again (novella); Vesuvius by Night (novella); Invitation to Die (novella).

Samuel R. Delany: Dhalgren (eBook and aBook). The Atheist in the Attic (eBook). About Writing (eBook). In Search of Silence (eBook). Trouble on Triton (eBook). Babel-17 (aBook). Letters from Amherst—Five Narrative Letters (eBook). A, B, C: Three Short Novels (eBook). Nova (aBook). The Motion of Light in Water (aBook). 

George Alec Effinger: The Budayeen Cycle Omnibus: The Exiles Kiss (eBook and separate aBooks). Budayeen Nights (eBook).

William Gibson: Sprawl 01—Neuromancer (aBook). Sprawl 02—Count Zero (aBook). Sprawl 03—Mona Lisa Overdrive (aBook). Bridge 01—Virtual Light (eBook). Bridge 02—Idoru (aBook). Bridge 03—All Tomorrow's Parties (aBook). Blue Ant 01—Pattern Recognition (aBook). Blue Ant 02—Spook Country (aBook). Blue Ant—Zero History (aBook).

David Halberstam: The Best and the Brightest (aBook).

Peter F. Hamilton: Salvation 01—Salvation (aBook). Salvation 02—Salvation Lost (aBook). Salvation 03—Saints of Salvation (aBook). The Night's Dawn 01—The Reality Dysfunction (aBook). The Night's Dawn 02—The Neutronium Alchemist (aBook). The Night's Dawn 03—The Naked God (aBook). A Confederation Handbook (eBook). A Second Chance at Eden (eBook). Commonwealth 01—Pandora's Star (aBook). Commonwealth 02—Judas Unchained (aBook). Void 01—The Dreaming Void (aBook). Void 02—The Temporal Void (aBook). Void 03—The Evolutionary Void (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 01—The Abyss Beyond Dreams (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 02—Night Without Stars (aBook). Fallen Dragon (aBook). Great North Road (aBook) .

Robert A. Heinlein: Destination MoonDouble StarFridayGlory RoadThe Moon is a Harsh MistressThe Number of the BeastThe Pursuit of the PankeraRed PlanetStarship TroopersStranger in a Strange LandTime Enough for LoveTime for the StarsVariable StarThe Star BeastCitizen of the GalaxyTunnel in the Sky; The Door Into Summer

Frank Herbert: Dune 02—Dune Messiah (eBook). Dune 03—Children of Dune (eBook).

P.C. Hodgell: Chronicles of the Kencyrath 01-02: The God Stalker Chronicles (made up of God Stalk and Dark of the Moon) (eBook).

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (eBook).

Philip Keith: Firebase Illingworth (aBook). 

Stephen King: Danse Macabre (eBook and aBook). On Writing (eBook and aBook).

Henry Kuttner: The Best of Henry Kuttner (eBook). The Keeps 01—Clash by Night (eBook). The Keeps 02—Fury (eBook). 

George R. R. Martin (editor): Wild Cards 1 (aBook). Wild Cards 2—Aces High (aBook). Wild Cards 3—Jokers Wild (aBook).

John McPhee: Coming into the Country (aBook) (link to Coming into the Country).

Barbara Mertz (as Elizabeth Peters): Amelia Peabody 002—The Curse of the PharaohsAmelia Peabody 003—The Mummy CaseAmelia Peabody 004—Lost in the ValleyAmelia Peabody 005—The Deeds of the DisturberAmelia Peabody 006—The Last Camel Died at NoonAmelia Peabody 007—The Snake, the Crocodile, and the DogAmelia Peabody 008—The Hippopotamus PoolAmelia Peabody 009—Seeing a Large CatAmelia Peabody 010—The Ape Who Guards the BalanceAmelia Peabody 011—The Falcon at the PortalAmelia Peabody 012—He Shall Thunder in the SkyAmelia Peabody 013—Lord of the SilentAmelia Peabody 014—The Golden OneAmelia Peabody 015—Children of the StormAmelia Peabody 016—Guardian of the HorizonAmelia Peabody 017—The Serpent on the CrownAmelia Peabody 018—Tomb of the Golden BirdAmelia Peabody 019—A River in the SkyAmelia Peabody 020—The Painted QueenAmelia Peabody's Egypt—A Compendium (associational) (pBook).

Nicholas Meyer: The West End Horror (aBook). The Canary Trainer (aBook). The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (aBook). The Return of the Pharaoh (aBook). 

Mike Mignola & Company: Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 02 (eBook). 

Richard K. Morgan: Takeshi Kovacs 01—Altered Carbon (eBook).

C.L. Moore: The Best of C.L. Moore (eBook).

C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner: The Best of C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (eBook). Earth's Last Citadel (eBook).

Megan O'Keefe: Protectorate 02—Chaos Vector (aBook). Protectorate 03—Catalyst Gate (aBook). 

Frederik Pohl: Gateway 03—Heechee Rendezvous (aBook). Gateway 04—The Annals of the Heechee (eBook). Gateway 05—The Gateway Trip (pBook). Gateway 06—The Boy Who Would Live Forever (eBook).

Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates (aBook). Hide Me Among the Graves (aBook). Medusa's Web (aBook). Vickery and Castine 02—Forced Perspectives (aBook). Fault Lines 01—Last Call (aBook). Fault Lines 02—Expiration Date (aBook). Fault Lines 03—Earthquake Weather (aBook). The Stress of Her Regard (aBook). On Stranger Tides (aBook). Declare (aBook). Three Days to Never (aBook). On Pirates (as by "William Ashlbless") (with James Blaylock) (eBook). 

Alastair Reynolds: Slow Bullets (eBook and aBook). Deep Navigation (eBook). Revenger (aBook). Troika (aBook). Poseidon's Children 01—Blue Remembered Earth (aBook). Poseidon's Children 02—On the Steel Breeze (aBook). Poseidon's Children 03—Poseidon's Wake (aBook). The Prefect 01—Elysium Fire (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Galactic North (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (aBook). Revelation Space 01—Revelation Space (aBook). Revelation Space 02—Chasm City (aBook). Revelation Space 03—Redemption Ark (aBook). Revelation Space 04—Absolution Gap (aBook). Terminal World (aBook). House of Suns (aBook). Pushing Ice (aBook). Century Rain (aBook). Beyond the Aquila Rift—The Best of Alastair Reynolds (eBook). 

Kim Stanley Robinson: Escape from Kathmandu (eBook). Mars 02—Green Mars (aBook). Mars 03—Blue Mars (aBook). Mars 04—The Martians (eBook). Three Californias 01—The Wild Shore (aBook). Three Californias 02—The Gold Coast (aBook). Three Californias 03—Pacific Edge (aBook). Antarctica (aBook). The Years of Rice and Salt (aBook). Galileo's Dream (aBook). 2312 (aBook). Aurora (aBook). Shaman (aBook). New York 2140 (aBook). Red Moon (aBook). The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson (eBook). 

Clifford D. Simak: The Werewolf Principle (aBook). The Goblin Reservation (aBook). Project Pope (aBook). Time is the Simplest Thing (aBook). The Big Front Yard (aBook). The Ghost of a Model T (aBook). I Am Crying All Inside (aBook). Way Station (aBook). 

Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (eBook and aBook).

Neal Stephenson: The Baroque Cycle 07—Currency (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 08—The System of the World (aBook). 

Ian W. Toll: Twilight of the Gods—War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945 (eBook). 

Jack Vance: Demon Princes Omnibus: The Star King; The Killing Machine; The Palace of Love; The Face; The Book of Dreams (eBook). Tales of the Dying Earth Omnibus: The Dying Earth; The Eyes of the Overworld; Cugel's Saga; Rhialto the Marvellous (eBook). Dying Earth 03—Cugel's Saga (aBook). Dying Earth 04—Rhialto the Marvellous (aBook). Tshai (omnibus of City of the ChaschServants of the Wankh/The WannekThe DirdirThe Pnume) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Trullion (Alastor 2262) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Marune (Alastor 933) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Wyst (Alastor 1716) (eBook). The Cadwal Chronicles (omnibus of Araminta StationEcce and Old EarthThroy) (eBook). The Jack Vance Lexicon—The Coined Words of Jack Vance from Abiloid to Zygage (eBook). Ports of Call 02—Lurulu (eBook).

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun 05—The Urth of the New Sun (pBook).

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020: The Year in Reading

 So, that was the year that was.

I started the year with high hopes, managed to hit the mark on reading long and short works, but overall feel like I did not make much progress. Most of what I read was titles read previously, given the year (both on a society-wide front and a family-focused front), much of what I read was more for comfort than to expand my horizons.

Long forms read? 66!

Short forms read? 434!

Graphic forms read? 2!

For 2021, I probably will reincorporate the graphic novel count back into the short form count.

Onward!

2021: The Year in Shorts

 Across the eons comes a tale of a time in a galaxy far, far away, when John DeNardo of SF Signal started tracking his short stories read as a way of trying to make a goal of reading one short work for each day of the year. I've managed, more often than not, to match that goal myself. While the tradition has faded at SF Signal, it continues here. The legend continues!

Number of Stories Read: 416 (out of 365) as of December 31, 2021.

Ben Aaronovitch: Tales from the Folly. Made up of: Charlaine Harris on Rivers of London (Charlaine Harris); An Introduction to The Introductions; The Home Crowd Advantage; The Domestic; The Cockpit; The Loneliness of the Long-Distant Granny; King of the Rats; A Rare Book of Cunning Device; Introduction: The Others' Stories; A Dedicated Follower of Fashion; Favourite Uncle; Vanessa Sommer's Other Christmas List; Three Rivers, Two Husbands and a Baby; Moments One-Three; Just One More Thing...  (15 stories, completed).

Ben Aaaronovitch: What Abigail Did That Summer. The Furthest Station. A Rare Book of Cunning DeviceThe October Man (4 stories, completed).

Poul Anderson: The Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method. Made up of: Planets and Profits (Hank Davis); The Saturn Game; Introduction—Wings of Victory; Wings of Victory; Introduction—The Problem of Pain; The Problem of Pain; Introduction—Margin of Profit; Margin of Profit (1978 Revised Version); Introduction—How to be Ethnic in One Easy Lesson; How to be Ethnic in one Easy Lesson; Introduction—The Three-Cornered Wheel; The Three-Cornered Wheel; Introduction—A Sun Invisible; A Sun Invisible; Introduction—The Season of Forgiveness; The Season of Forgiveness; Introduction to The Man Who Counts; The Man Who Counts; Afterword to The Man Who Counts; Introduction to Esau; Esau; Introduction to Hiding Place; Hiding Place; A Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel); Appendix I—Original Version of Margin of Profit; Appendix II—The Man Who Counts and the Technic Civilization Series (26 stories; collection completed).

Poul Anderson;  The Technic Civilization 02—David Falkayn: Star Trader. Made up of: High Profits and High Adventure (Hank Davis); A Historical Reflection; Territory; Plus Ça Change Plus C'est La Même Chose; The Trouble Twisters; Introduction—Day of Burning; Day of Burning; The Master Key; Satan's World; Introduction—A Little Knowledge; A Little Knowledge; Introduction—Lodestar; Lodestar; Afterword—Lodestar; Chronology of Technic Civilization (Sandra Miesel) (15 stories and essays, collection completed).

Gregory Benford and David G. Hartwell (editor): The Best of Gregory Benford. Made up of: Nobody Lives on Burton Street; Doing Lennon; White Creatures; In Alien Flesh; Redeemer; Dark Sanctuary; Time Shards; Exposures; Relativistic Effects; Of Space/Time and the River (variant of Of Space-Time and the River); Time's Rub; Freezeframe; Proselytes; Matter's End; Mozart on Morphine; Centigrade 233; World Vast, World Various; In the Dark Backward (variant of The Dark Backward); A Desperate Calculus; Zoomers; Slow Symphonies of Mass and Time; A Dance to Strange Musics; Anomalies; Comes the Evolution; Twenty-Two Centimeters; A Life with a Semisent; Applied Mathematical Theology; Bow Shock; Reasons Not to Publish; The Champagne Award; Penumbra; Gravity's Whispers; Mercies; Grace Immaculate; Eagle; The Sigma Structure Symphony; Backscatter; Afterword (38 stories read; collection completed).

Ben Bova: The Kinsman Saga. Made up of: Kinsman; Test in Orbit; The Weathermakers; Fifteen Miles; Zero Gee; Build Me a Mountain; The Lieutenant and the Folksinger; Millennium. (8 stories, collection completed).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Winterfair Gifts (1 story, completed). The Flowers of Vashnoi (1 story, completed).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Proto Zoa. Made up of: Barter; Garage Sale; The Hole Truth; Dreamweaver's Dilemma; Aftermaths (5 stories, collection completed).

Becky Chambers: To Be Taught, If Fortunate (1 story).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter. Made up of: Preface (David Drake); The Roaring Trumpet; The Mathematics of Magic; The Castle of Iron; The Wall of Serpents; The Green Magician (6 entries, collection completed). 

Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan (editors): The New Space Opera 01. Made up of: Introduction (Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan); Saving Tiamat (Gwyneth Jones); Verthandi's Ring (Ian McDonald); Hatch (Robert Reed); Winning Peace (Paul J. McAuley); Glory (Greg Egan); Maelstrom (Kage Baker); Blessed by an Angel (Peter F. Hamilton); Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? (Ken MacLeod); The Valley of the Gardens (Tony Daniel); Dividing the Sustain (Patrick Kelly); Minla's Flowers (Alastair Reynolds); Splinters of Glass (Mary Rosenblum); Remembrance (Stephen Baxter); The Emperor and the Maula (Robert Silverberg); The Worm Turns (Gregory Benford); Send Them Flowers (Walter Jon Williams); Art of War (Nancy Kress); Muse of Fire (Dan Simmons) (4 stories, continuing to read).

David Drake: Other Times Than Peace. Made up of: Lambs to the Slaughter; Men Like Us; The Day of Glory; The Interrogation Team; A Death in Peacetime; Dreams in Amber; Safe to Sea; The Murder of Halley's Comet; The Hunting Ground; The False Prophet; A Grand Tour. (11 stories, collection completed).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All. Made up of: The Uncertainty of Science; The Uncertainty of Values; This Unscientific Age (3 essays, collection completed.) Six Easy Pieces (6 essays, collection completed). Six Not–So–Easy Pieces (6 essays, collection completed).

William Gibson: Burning Chrome. Made up of: Introduction; Johnny Mnemonic; The Gernsback Continuum; Fragments of a Hologram Rose; The Belonging Kind; Hinterlands; Red Star, Winter Orbit; New Rose Hotel; The Winter Market; Dogfight; Burning Chrome (11 stories, collection completed).

Jack Graham: Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 01—El Destino Verde. Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 02—Nostrum. Eclipse Phase/El Destino Verde 03—Termites in the Framework (3 stories, completed).

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100. Made up of: "If This Goes On—"; Coventry; Misfit; Concerning Stories Never Written—Postscript (4 stories; collection completed). 

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories. Made up of: Introduction (S.T. Joshi); Suggestions for Further Reading; A Note on the Text; Canon Alberic's Scrap-book; Lost Hearts; The Mezzotint; The Ash-Tree; Number 13; Count Magnus; "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; The Treasure of Abbot Thomas; A School Story; The Rose Garden; The Tractate Middoth; Casting the Runes; The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral; Martin's Close; Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance; Appendix: Ghost Stories; A Night in King's College Chapel; Preface to Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary; Preface to More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary; Explanatory Notes (7 stories, continuing to read).

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Lady Astronaut of Mars; Articulated Restraint; We Interrupt This Broadcast; Rocket's Red; The Phobos Experience (5 stories, completed).

C.L. Moore: Jirel of Joiry. Made up of: Black God's Kiss; Black God's Shadow; Jirel Meets Magic; The Dark Land; Hellsgarde; Quest of the Starstone (6 stories read, collection completed).

Tim Powers: Artificial Light (1 story, completed).

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame—Volume 01. Made up of: Introduction (Robert Silverberg); The Martian Odyssey (Stanley G. Weinbaum); Twilight (John W. Campbell, Jr. as Don A. Stuart); Helen O'Loy (Lester del Rey); The Roads Must Roll (Robert A. Heinlein); Microcosmic God (Theodore Sturgeon); Nightfall (Isaac Asimov); The Weapon Shop (A.E. van Vogt); Mimsy Were the Borogoves (Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore as Lewis Padgett); Huddling Place (Clifford D. Simak); Arena (Frederic Brown); First Contact (Murray Leinster); That Only a Mother (Judith Merril); Scanners Live in Vain (Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger as Cordwainer Smith); Mars is Heaven! (Ray Bradbury); The Little Black Bag (C.M. Kornbluth); Born of Man and Woman (Richard Matheson); Coming Attraction (Fritz Leiber); The Quest for Saint Aquin (Anthony Boucher); Surface Tension (James Blish); The Nine Billion Names of God (Arthur C. Clarke); It's a Good Life (Jerome Bixby); The Cold Equations (Tom Godwin); Fondly Fahrenheit (Alfred Bester); The Country of the Kind (Damon Knight); Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keys); A Rose for Ecclesiastes (Roger Zelazny). (28 stories; collection completed).

Clifford D. Simak: City. Made up of: Introduction; Notes on the First Tale; City; Notes on the Second Tale; Huddling Place; Notes on the Third Tale; Census; Notes on the Fourth Tale; Desertion; Notes on the Fifth Tale; Paradise; Notes on the Sixth Tale; Hobbies; Notes on the Seventh Tale; Aesop; Notes on the Eighth Tale; The Simple Way; Introduction to EpilogEpilog (19 stories, collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell—Notes of a Biology Watcher. Made up of: The Lives of a Cell; Thoughts for a Countdown; On Societies as Organisms; A Fear of Pheromones; The Music of This Sphere; An Earnest Proposal; The Technology of Medicine; Vibes; Ceti; The Long Habit; Antaeus in Manhattan; The MBL; Autonomy; Organelles as Organisms; Germs; Your Very Good Health; Social Talk; Information; Death in the Open; Natural Science; Natural Man; The Iks; Computers; The Planning of Science; Some Biomythology; On Various Words; Living Language; On Probability and Possibility; The World's Biggest Membrane (29 essays read; collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Youngest Science—Notes of a Medicine Watcher. Made up of: Amity Street; House Calls; 1911 Medicine; 1933 Medicine; 1937 Internship; Leech Leech, Et Cetera; Nurses; Neurology; Guam and Okinawa; Itinerary; NYU Pathology; NYU Bellevue Medicine; The Board of Health; Endotoxin; Cambridge; The Governance of a University; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mycoplasmas; MSKCC—The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Olfaction and the Tracking Mouse; Illness; Scabies, Scrapie; Essays and Gaia; Appendix (22 essays read; collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Medusa and the Snail—More Notes of a Biology Watcher. Made up of: The Medusa and the Snail; The Tucson Zoo; The Youngest and Brightest; One Magic in Medicine; The Wonderful Mistake; Ponds; To Err is Human; The Selves; The Health-Care System; On Cloning a Human Being; On Etymons and Hybrids; The Hazards of Science; On Warts; On Transcendental Metaworry (TMM); An Apology; On Disease; On Natural Death; A Trip Abroad; On Meddling; On Committees; The Scrambler in the Mind; Notes on Punctuation; The Deacon's Masterpiece; How to Fix the Premedical Curriculum; A Brief Historical Notes on Medical Economics; Why Montaigne in Not a Bore; On Thinking About Thinking; On Embryology; Medical Lessons from History (29 essays read; collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Made up of: The Unforgettable Fire; The Corner of the Eye; Making Science Work; Alchemy; Clever Animals; On Smell; My Magical Metronome; On Speaking of Speaking; Seven Wonders; An Artificial Heart; Things Unflattened by Science; Basic Science and the Pentagon; Science and "Science"; On the Need for Asylums; Altruism; Falsity and Failure; On Medicine and the Bomb; The Problem of Dementia; The Lie Detector; Some Scientific Advice; The Attic of the Brain; Humanities and Science; On Matters of Doubt; Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony; Notes (24 essays read, collection completed).

Lewis Thomas: The Fragile Species. Made up of: Foreword (Kenneth S. Warren); Fifty Years Out; Becoming a Doctor; The Art and Craft of Memoir; The Life in the Mind; In Time of Plague; AIDS and Drug Abuse; The Odds of Normal Aging; Obligations; Comprehending My Cat Jeoffrey; Science and the Health of the Earth; Sermon at St. John the Divine, June 1984; Cooperation; Communication; Connections (14 essays read, collection completed).

Vernor Vinge: Fast Times at Fairmont High (1 story, completed). True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (edited by James Frenkel). Made up of: Preface (James Frenkel); Introduction (Vernor Vinge); A Time of Transition/The Human Connection (Danny Hillis); True Nyms and Crypto Anarchy (Timothy C. May); Eventful History—Version 1x (John M. Ford); How is the NII Like a Prison? (Alan Wexelblat); Intelligent Software (Pattie Maes); The Right to Read (Richard M. Stallman); Cryptography and the Politics of One's True Name (Leonard N. Foner); The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat (E. Randall Farmer and Chip Morningstar); Social Dimensions of Habitat's Citizenry (F. Randll Farmer); Habitat Anecdotes (F. Randall Farmer); True Magic (Mark Pesce); True Names (Vernor Vinge); Afterword (Marvin Minsky). (15 essays and stories, collection completed).

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 00—Compulsory (1 story, completed). Home—Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (1 story, completed).

Roger Zelazny: Dilvish, the Damned. Made up of: Passage to Dilfar; Thelinde's Song; The Bells of Shoredan; A Knight for Merytha; The Places of Aache; A City Divided; The White Beast; Tower of Ice; Devil and the Dancer; Garden of Blood; Dilvish, the Damned (11 stories, completed). A Rose for Ecclesiastes (1 story, completed).

Periodicals:

None yet.

Graphic Novels:

Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela & Company: Abbott 001-005 (5 issues, story completed). Abbott 1973 001-005 (5 issues, story completed). 

Divers Hands: Star Wars (original Marvel run) 001-019 (19 issues, continuing to read).

Divers Hands: Star Wars (2015–2019) 001-003 (3 issues, continuing to read).

2021: The Year in Books

Here is a list of books (long form works) that I have read for the year. Books will come in many formats: paper (pBooks), audio (aBooks), electronic (eBooks) and possibly even serialized in magazines.

Number of books read (as of December 31, 2021): 156.

Books read (alphabetical by author, then chronological within author):

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant 01—Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (eBook) (March). Peter Grant 02—Moon Over Soho (aBook) (April). Peter Grant 03—Whispers Under Ground (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 04—Broken Homes (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 05—Foxglove Summer (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 06—The Hanging Tree (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 07—Lies Sleeping (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 08—False Value (aBook) (August). Peter Grant 00—Tales from the Folly (aBook) (August).

Ben Aaaronovitch & Andrew Carmel: Rivers of London Graphic Novel 01—Body Work (Lee Sullivan & Luis Guerrero, Illustrations) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 02—Night Witch (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 03—Black Mould (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 04—Detective Stories (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 05—Cry Fox (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 06—Water Weed (Lee Sullivan & Luis Guerrero, Illustrations) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 07—Action at a Distance (Brian Williamson, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 08—The Fey and the Furious (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). 

Elliot Ackerman & James G. Stavridis: 2034—A Novel of the Next World War (eBook) (March).

Poul Anderson: Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method (contains one novel and parts of three anthologies; counted as two entries) (aBook) (June). Technic Civilization 02—David Falkayn: Star Trader (contains one novel and parts of two anthologies; counted as two entries) (aBook) (November). Technic Civilization 03—The Rise of the Terran Empire (contains two novels and one anthology, counted as three entries) (aBook) (December).

Isaac Asimov: Foundation 01—Foundation (eBook) (October). Foundation 02—Foundation and Empire (eBook) (October). 

Alfred A. Bell, Jr.: A Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 01—All Roads Lead to Murder (eBook) (July). A Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 02—Blood of Caesar (eBook) (July). 

Gregory Benford: Galactic Center 01—In the Ocean of Night (aBook) (April). The Best of Gregory Benford (eBook) (December).

Larry Bond: Red Phoenix (aBook) (January).

Ben Bova: The Kinsman Saga (short stories plus the novel Millennium) (aBook) (December).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vorkosigan Saga 13—A Civil Campaign (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 14—Diplomatic Immunity (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 15—Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 17—Cryoburn (aBook) (January). The Vorkosigan Saga 18—Gentleman Joele and the Red Queen (aBook) (January). Proto Zoa (aBook) (January).

Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Fail-Safe (aBook) (January).

Becky Chambers: Wayfarers 01—The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (aBook) (September). Wayfarers 02—A Closed and Common Orbit (aBook) (September). Wayfarers 03—Record of a Spaceborn Few (aBook) (October). Wayfarers 04—The Galaxy and the Ground Within (aBook) (November). 

C.J. Cherryh: Company Wars 01—Downbelow Station (aBook).

Arthur C. Clarke: Against the Fall of Night (eBook) (April).

Hal Clement (G. Harry Stubbs): Cycle of Fire (aBook) (May).

Glen Cook: The Black Company 05—Shadow Games (aBook) (January). The Black Company 06—Dreams of Steel (aBook) (December). The Black Company 07—The Silver Spike (aBook) (December). The Black Company 08—Bleak Seasons (aBook) (December). The Black Company 09—She is the Darkness (aBook) (December). The Black Company 10—Water Sleeps (aBook) (December). The Black Company 11—Soldiers Live (aBook) (December).

Lindsey Davis: Marcus Didius Falco 01—The Silver Pigs (aBook) (April).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (aBook) (May).

Samuel R. Delany: Of Solids and Surds: Notes for Noel Sturgeon, Marilyn Hacker, Josh Lukin, Mia Wolff, Bill Stribling, and Bob White (Why I Write) (eBook) (September).

Xavier Dollo & Co.: The History of Science Fiction—A Graphic Novel Adventure (pBook) (December).

David Drake: Other Times Than Peace (aBook) (November).

George Alec Effinger: Marid Audran 02—A Fire in the Sun (aBook) (November).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All (eBook) (June). Six Easy Pieces (eBook) (November). Six Not–So–Easy Pieces (eBook) (November).

Richard Feynman (author), David Goodstein, Judith R. Goodstein (authors and editors): Feynman's Lost Lecture (eBook) (November).

Philip Glass: Words Without Music (aBook) (April).

Maria Dahvana Headley: Beowulf—A New Translation (aBook) (December).

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100 (eBook) (June). Methuselah's Children (eBook) (June). Orphan's of the Sky/Universe (eBook) (June).  

Frank Herbert: Dune 01—Dune (aBook) (November). 

Stanley Karnow: Vietnam—A History (pBook) (May).

Philip Keith: Blackhorse Riders—A Desperate Last Stand, An Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot (aBook) (July).

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Lady Astronaut 01—The Calculating Stars (aBook) (December).

John Le Carre: George Smiley 01—Call for the Dead (aBook) (January). George Smiley 02—A Murder of Quality (aBook) (January). George Smiley 03—The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (aBook) (January). George Smiley 04—The Looking Glass War (aBook) (January). George Smiley 05—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (aBook) (May). George Smiley 06—The Honourable Schoolboy (aBook) (June). George Smiley 07—Smiley's People (aBook) (June). George Smiley 08—The Secret Pilgrim (aBook) (June). George Smiley 09—A Legacy of Spies (aBook) (July).

John McPhee: Annals of the Former World 02—In Suspect Terrain (aBook) (August). Annals of the Former World 03—Rising from the Plains (aBook) (November). Annals of the Former World 04—Assembling California (aBook) (December). Annals of the Former World 05—Crossing the Craton (aBook) (December).

Barbara Mertz (as Elizabeth Peters): Amelia Peabody 001—Crocodile on the Sandbank (aBook).

Nicholas Meyer: Sherlock Holmes 01—The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (aBook) (December).

Mike Mignola & Company: Hellboy Omnibus 01—Seed of Destruction (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 02—Strange Places (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 03—The Wild Hunt (eBook) (March). Hellboy Omnibus 04—Hellboy in Hell (eBook) (March). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (eBook) (April). 

C.L. Moore: Black God's Kiss (eBook) (November). 

Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried (aBook) (May).

Megan O'Keefe: Protectorate 01—Velocity Weapon (aBook) (July).

Malka Older: Centenal Cycle 01—Infomocracy (aBook) (December). Centenal Cycle 02—Null States (aBook) (December). Centenal Cycle 03—Slate Tectonics (aBook) (December).

Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael 07—The Sanctuary Sparrow (eBook) (January). Brother Cadfael 08—The Devil's Novice (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 09—Dead Man's Ransom (eBook) (February). Brother Cadfael 10—The Pilgrim of Hate (eBook) (February).Brother Cadfael 11—An Excellent Mystery (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 12—The Raven in the Foregate (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 13—The Rose Rent (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 14—The Hermit of Eyton Forest (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 15—The Confession of Brother Haluin (eBook) (March). Brother Cadfael 16—The Heretic's Apprentice (eBook) (April). Brother Cadfael 17—The Potter's Field (eBook) (June). Brother Cadfael 18—The Summer of the Danes (eBook) (August). Brother Cadfael 19—The Holy Thief (eBook) (August). Brother Cadfael 20—Brother Cadfael's Penance (eBook) (August). 

Frederik Pohl: Gateway 01—Gateway (aBook) (May). Gateway 02—Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (aBook) (May). 

Tim Powers: Vickery and Castine 01—Alternate Routes (aBook) (June).

Kim Stanley Robinson: Mars 01—Red Mars (aBook) (June). The Ministry for the Future (aBook) (August).

Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (aBook) (May).

Robert Silverberg (Editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I (aBook) (November). 

Clifford D. Simak: The Goblin Reservation (aBook) (May). Project Pope (aBook) (May). City (aBook) (May). Way Station (aBook) (June).

Neal Stephenson: The Baroque Cycle 01—Quicksilver (aBook) (September). The Baroque Cycle 02—King of the Vagabonds (aBook) (September). The Baroque Cycle 03—Odalisque (aBook) (September). The Baroque Cycle 04—Bonanza (aBook) (September). The Baroque Cycle 05—Juncto (aBook) (September). The Baroque Cycle 06—Solomon's Gold (aBook) (December).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell—Notes of a Biology Watcher (aBook) (February). The Medusa and the Snail (aBook) (February). Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (aBook) (June). The Youngest Science—Notes of a Medicine–Watcher (aBook) (November). The Fragile Species (aBook) (December).

Ian W. Toll: Pacific Crucible—War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 (eBook) (October). The Conquering Tide—War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944 (aBook) (November).

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End (eBook) (July). True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (eBook) (November). 

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 01—All Systems Red (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 02—Artificial Condition (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 03—Rogue Protocol (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 04—Exit Strategy (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 05—Network Effect (eBook) (June). The Murderbot Diaries 06—Fugitive Telemetry (eBook) (June). 

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun 01—The Shadow of the Torturer (pBook) (April). The Book of the New Sun 02—The Claw of the Conciliator (eBook) (August). The Book of the New Sun 03—The Sword of the Lictor (eBook) (September). Peace (eBook) (September). The Book of the New Sun 04—The Citadel of the Autarch (eBook) (December).

Roger Zelazny: A Night in Lonesome October (eBook) (October). Dilvish 01—Dilvish, the Damned (eBook) (October). My Name is Legion (eBook) (November). Jack of Shadows (eBook) (November). Roadmarks (aBook) (December). Dilvish 02—The Changing Land (eBook) (December).

Books read (in chronological order, master list): 001: Shadow Games (Cook). 002: Call for the Dead (Le Carre). 003: A Murder of Quality (Le Carre). 004: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Le Carre). 005: The Looking Glass War (Le Carre). 006: Red Phoenix (Bond). 007: Fail-Safe (Burdick and Wheeler). 008: A Civil Campaign (Bujold). 009: Diplomatic Immunity (Bujold). 010: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Bujold). 011: Cryoburn (Bujold). 012: Gentleman Joele and the Red Queen (Bujold). 013: The Sanctuary Sparrow (Peters). 014: Proto Zoa (Bujold). 015: The Devil's Novice (Peters). 016: The Lives of a Cell (Thomas). 017: The Medusa and the Snail (Thomas). 018: Dead Man's Ransom (Peters). 019: The Pilgrim of Hate (Peters). 020: An Excellent Mystery (Peters). 021: The Raven in the Foregate (Peters). 022: The Rose Rent (Peters). 023: The Hermit of Eyton Forest (Peters).  024: 2034—A Novel of the Next War (Ackerman & Stavridis). 025: The Confession of Brother Haluin (Peters). 026: Seed of Destruction (Mignola & Co.). 027: Strange Places (Mignola & Co.). 028: The Wild Hunt (Mignola & Co.). 029: Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (Aaronovitch). 030: Hellboy in Hell (Mignola & Co.). 031: Moon Over Soho (Aaronovitch). 032: Against the Fall of Night (Clarke). 033: The Heretic's Apprentice (Peters). 034: The Silver Pigs (Davis). 035: In the Ocean of Night (Benford).  036: The Shadow of the Torturer (Wolfe). 037: Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (Mignola & Co.). 038: Words Without Music (Glass). 039: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Sheehan). 040: Cycle of Fire (Clement). 041: Gateway (Pohl). 042: Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Pohl). 043: Vietnam—A History (Karnow). 044: The Things They Carried (O'Brien). 045: The Goblin Reservation (Simak). 046: Project Pope (Simak). 047: City (Simak). 048: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Le Carre). 049: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (de Camp and Pratt). 050 and 051: The Van Rijn Method (Anderson). 052: Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Thomas). 053: The Meaning of It All (Feynman). 054: The Honourable Schoolboy (Le Carre). 055: Smiley's People (Le Carre). 056: Revolt in 2100 (Heinlein). 057: All Systems Red (Wells). 058: The Potter's Field (Peters) 059: Alternate Routes (Powers). 060: Way Station (Simak). 061: Artificial Condition (Wells). 062: Rogue Protocol (Wells). 063: Red Mars (Robinson). 064: Exit Strategy (Wells). 065: Network Effect (Wells). 066: Fugitive Telemetry (Wells). 067: The Secret Pilgrim (Le Carre). 068: Methuselah's Children (Heinlein). 069: Orphan's of the Sky (Heinlein). 070: Crocodile on the Sandbank (Mertz as Peters). 071: Blackhorse Riders (Keith). 072: Velocity Weapon (O'Keefe). 073: A Legacy of Spies (Le Carre). 074: Rainbows End (Vinge). 075: All Roads Lead to Murder (Bell). 076: The Blood of Caesar (Bell). 077: In Suspect Terrain (McPhee). 078: The Ministry for the Future (Robinson). 079: Whispers Under Ground (Aaronovitch). 080: Broken Homes (Aaronovitch). 081: The Summer of the Danes (Peters). 082: Foxglove Summer (Aaronovitch). 083: The Hanging Tree (Aaronovitch). 084: Lies Sleeping (Aaronovitch). 085: False Value (Aaronovitch). 086: Tales from the Folly (Aaronovitch). 087: The Holy Thief (Peters). 088: Brother Cadfael's Penance (Peters). 089: The Claw of the Conciliator (Wolfe). 090: The Sword of the Lictor (Wolfe). 091: Peace (Wolfe). 092: Quicksilver (Stephenson). 093: King of the Vagabonds (Stephenson). 094: Odalisque (Stephenson). 095: Body Work (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 096: Night Witch (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 097: Black Mould (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 098: Detective Stories (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 099: Cry Fox (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 100: Water Weed (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 101: Action at a Distance (Aaronovitch & Carmel); 102: The Fey and the Furious (Aaronovitch & Carmel). 103: Of Solids and Surds (Delany). 104: Bonanza (Stephenson). 105: Juncto (Stephenson). 106: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Chambers). 107: A Closed and Common Orbit (Chambers).  108: Foundation (Asimov). 109: Foundation and Empire (Asimov). 110: Pacific Crucible—War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 (Toll). 111: Record of a Spaceborn Few (Chambers). 112: Downbelow Station (Cherryh). 113: A Night in Lonesome October (Zelazny). 114: Dilvish, the Damned (Zelazny). 115: My Name is Legion (Zelazny). 116: The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Chambers). 117: Black God's Kiss (Moore). 118: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I (Silverberg). 119: A Fire in the Sun (Effinger). 120: Rising from the Plains (McPhee). 121: Jack of Shadows (Zelazny). 122: The Conquering Tide—War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Toll). 123: Other Times Than Peace (Drake). 124: Dune (Herbert). 125: True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (Vinge). 126: The Youngest Science—Notes of a Medicine–Watcher (Thomas). 127: Six Easy Pieces (Feynman). Six Not–So–Easy Pieces (Feynman). 128 and 129: David Falkayn: Star Trader. 130: Feynman's Lost Lecture (Feynman, Goodstein & Goodstein). 131: The Citadel of the Autarch (Wolfe). 132: Roadmarks (Zelazny). 133: Solomon's Gold (Stephenson). 134: Assembling California (McPhee). 135: Dreams of Steel (Cook). 136: Crossing the Craton (McPhee). 137: The Silver Spike (Cook). 138: The Changing Land (Zelazny). 139: Bleak Seasons (Cook). 140: Infomocracy (Older). 141: Null States (Older). 142: The Calculating Stars (Kowal). 143: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Meyer). 144: Slate Tectonics (Older). 145: Beowulf—A New Translation (Headley). 146 and 147: The Kinsman Saga (Bova). 148: She is the Darkness (Cook). 149 and 150 and 151: The Rise of the Terran Empire (Anderson). 152: The History of Science Fiction—A Graphic Novel Adventure (Dollo & Co.). 153: The Fragile Species (Thomas). 154: Water Sleeps (Cook). 155: Soldiers Live (Cook). 156: The Best of Gregory Benford (Benford).

Paper Books: 003. 

Electronic Books: 062.

Audiobooks: 091 (three omnibus editions counting as nine, one omnibus edition counting as two).

For this year, many of the books were read as I synchronized between the audiobook version and the electronic book version. The count was "awarded" to the category where I "read" the most of the book. As you can see, I did a lot of walking this year, so a large chunk of books were consumed while on those walks.

Current Reads (2021)

 I'm listing these as aBooks (audio), eBooks (electronic, various formats) and pBook (paper, various sizes). In some cases you'll see more than one format listed, this is usually where I have both the electronic and audio formats and they can be synchronized. In many cases, I have both the eBook and the pBook, but you can't synchronize those two!

In the Current Reads folder of my Kindle, on the nightstand in paper form, on the phone as an audiobook, on the magazine or comics racks (current as of December 31, 2021):

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant 01—Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (eBook). Peter Grant 02—Moon Over Soho (eBook). Peter Grant 03—Whispers Under Ground (eBook). Peter Grant 04—Broken Homes (eBook). Peter Grant 05—Foxglove Summer (eBook). Peter Grant 05a—What Abigail Did That Summer (novella) (eBook). Peter Grant 06—The Hanging Tree (eBook).  Peter Grant 06a—The Furthest Station (novella) (eBook).  Peter Grant 07—Lies Sleeping (eBook). Peter Grant 07a—The October Man (novella) (eBook). Peter Grant 08—False Value (eBook). Peter Grant 00—Tales from the Folly (aBook). 

Ben Aaaronovitch & Andrew Carmel: Rivers of London Graphic Novel 01—Body Work (Lee Sullivan & Luis Guerrero, Illustrations) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 02—Night Witch (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 03—Black Mould (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 04—Detective Stories (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 05—Cry Fox (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 06—Water Weed (Lee Sullivan & Luis Guerrero, Illustrations) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 07—Action at a Distance (Brian Williamson, Illustrator) (eBook). Rivers of London Graphic Novel 08—The Fey and the Furious (Lee Sullivan, Illustrator) (eBook). 

Elliot Ackerman & James G. Stavridis: 2034—A Novel of the Next World War (eBook).

William Albracht: Abandoned in Hell—The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate (eBook). 

Poul Anderson: The Technic Civilization 01—The Van Rijn Method (aBook). The Technic Civilization 02—David Falkayn: Star Trader (aBook). The Technic Civilization 03—Rise of the Terran Empire (aBook). The Technic Civilization 04—Young Flandry (aBook). The Technic Civilization 05—Captain Flandry: Defender of the Terran Empire (aBook). The Technic Civilization 06—Sir Dominic Flandry: The Last Knight of Terra (aBook). The Technic Civilization 07—Flandry's Legacy: The Technic Civilization Saga (aBook) (all the preceding are omnibus editions, made up of novels and short stories). The Complete Psychotechnic League 01 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 02 (eBook). The Complete Psychotechnic League 03 (eBook). 

Isaac Asimov: Foundation 01—Foundation (eBook). Foundation 02—Foundation and Empire (eBook). Foundation 03—Second Foundation (eBook). Foundation 04—Foundation's Edge (eBook). 

Rick Atkinson: The Liberation Trilogy 01—An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 (eBook).

Iain M. Banks: Culture 01—Consider Phlebas (aBook). Culture 02—The Player of Games (eBook). Culture 03—Use of Weapons (aBook). Culture 04—The State of the Art (pBook). Culture 05—Excession (eBook). Culture 06—Inversions (eBook). Culture 07—Look to Windward (eBook). Culture 08—Matter (eBook). Culture 09—Surface Detail (eBook). Culture 10—Hydrogen Sonata (eBook). Transition (eBook). The Algebraist (pBook). Against a Dark Background (pBook).

Stephen Baxter: Xeelee Omnibus (pBook). Vacuum Diagrams (eBook).

Alfred A. Bell, Jr.: Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 01—All Roads Lead to Murder (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 02—The Blood of Caesar (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 03—The Corpus Conundrum (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 04—Death in the Ashes (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 05—The Eyes of Aurora (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 06—Fortune's Fool (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 07—The Gods Help Those (eBook). Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger 08—Hiding from the Past (eBook). 

Gregory Benford: Galactic Center 00—A Hunger for the Infinite (aBook). Galactic Center 01—In the Ocean of Night (aBook). Galactic Center 02—Across the Sea of Suns (aBook). Galactic Center 03—Great Sky River (aBook). Galactic Center 04—Tides of Light (aBook). Galactic Center 05—Furious Gulf (aBook). Galactic Center 06—Sailing Bright Eternity (aBook). Anomalies (eBook). Against Infinity (eBook). The Stars in Shroud (eBook). The Best of Gregory Benford (eBook).

Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund: If the Stars are Gods (eBook).

Larry Bond: Red Phoenix (aBook).

Ben Bova: The Kinsman Saga (Kinsman and Millennium) (aBook and eBook).

Peter Bryant: Red Alert (eBook).

John Brunner: Stand on Zanzibar (eBook and aBook). The Sheep Look Up (aBook). The Jagged Orbit (eBook). The Squares of the City (eBook).

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vorkosigan Saga 13—A Civil Campaign (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 14—Winterfair Gifts (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 15—Diplomatic Immunity (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 17—Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 16—The Flowers of Vashnoi (eBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 18—Cryoburn (aBook). The Vorkosigan Saga 19—Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (aBook). Proto Zoa (aBook).

Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler: Fail-Safe (aBook).

Becker Chambers: Wayfarers 01—The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (eBook). Wayfarers 02—A Closed and Common Orbit (eBook). Wayfarers 03—Records of a Spaceborn Few (eBook). Wayfarers 04—The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (eBook). 

A. Bertram Chandler: Grimes 01—To the Galactic Rim (omnibus of The Road to the Rim, To Prime the Pump, The Hard Way Up, The Broken Cycle) (eBook)

C.J. Cherryh: Company Wars 01—Downbelow Station (eBook and aBook). The Hinder Stars 01—Alliance Rising (eBook). The Faded Sun Trilogy (omnibus—The Faded Sun: Kesrith; The Faded Sun: Shon'Jir; The Faded Sun: Kutath) (aBook). Cyteen 01—Cyteen (aBook). Cyteen 02—Regenesis (eBook). Company Wars 02—Alliance Space (omnibus—Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna) (eBook). Company Wars 00—Hellburner (eBook). Company Wars 00—Heavy Time (eBook). Company Wars 00—Rimrunners (pBook). Company Wars 00—Tripoint (pBook). Company Wars 00—Finity's End (pBook). Chanur 01—The Pride of Chanur (aBook). Chanur 02—Chanur's Venture (aBook). Chanur 03—The Kif Strike Back (aBook). Chanur 04—Chanur's Homecoming (aBook). Chanur 05—Chanur's Legacy (aBook). 

Hal Clement: Cycle of Fire (eBook). Mesklin 01—Mission of Gravity (eBook). Mesklin 02—Star Light (eBook).

Arthur C. Clarke: Against the Fall of Night (eBook).

Glen Cook: Chronicles of the Black Company 05—Shadow Games (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 06—Dreams of Steel (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 07—The Silver Spike (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 08—Bleak Seasons (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 09—She is the Darkness (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 10—Water Sleeps (aBook). Chronicles of the Black Company 11—Soldiers Live (aBook).

Lindsey Davis: The Marcus Didius Falco Series: Falco 01—The Silver Pigs (aBook and eBook); Falco 02—Shadows in Bronze (aBook and eBook); Falco 03—Venus in Copper (aBook and eBook); Falco 04—The Iron Hand of Mars (aBook and eBook); Falco 05—Poseidon's Gold; Falco 06—Last Act in Palmyra; Falco 07—Time to Depart; Falco 08—A Dying Light in Corduba; Falco 09—Three Hands in the Fountain; Falco 10—Two for the Lions; Falco 11—One Virgin Too Many; Falco 12—Ode to a Banker; Falco 13—A Body in the Bath House; Falco 14—The Jupiter Myth; Falco 15—The Accusers; Falco 16—Scandal Takes a Holiday; Falco 17—See Delphi and Die; Falco 18—Saturnalia; Falco 19—Alexandria; Falco 20—Nemesis. The Flavia Albia Series: Flavia 01—The Ides of April; Flavia 02—Enemies at Home; Flavia 03—Deadly Election; Flavia 04—The Graveyard of the Hesperides; Flavia 05—The Third Nero; Flavia 06—Pandora's Boy; Flavia 07—A Capitol Death; Flavia 08—The Grove of the Caesar's; Flavia 09—A Comedy of Terrors. Related: The Spook Who Spoke Again (novella); Vesuvius by Night (novella); Invitation to Die (novella).

L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Complete Compleat Enchanter (aBook). 

Samuel R. Delany: Dhalgren (eBook and aBook). The Atheist in the Attic (eBook). About Writing (eBook). In Search of Silence (eBook). Trouble on Triton (eBook). Babel-17 (aBook). Letters from Amherst—Five Narrative Letters (eBook). A, B, C: Three Short Novels (eBook).

David Drake: Other Times Than Peace (aBook and eBook).

George Alec Effinger: The Budayeen Cycle Omnibus: When Gravity Fails; A Fire in the Sun; The Exiles Kiss (eBook and separate aBooks). Budayeen Nights (eBook).

Richard Feynman: The Meaning of It All (aBook). Six Easy Pieces (eBook). Six Not–So–Easy Pieces (eBook). 

Richard Feynman (author), David Goodstein, Judith R. Goodstein (authors and editors): Feynman's Lost Lecture (eBook). 

William Gibson: Sprawl 00—Burning Chrome (aBook). Sprawl 01—Neuromancer (aBook). Sprawl 02—Count Zero (aBook). Sprawl 03—Mona Lisa Overdrive (aBook). Bridge 01—Virtual Light (eBook). Bridge 02—Idoru (aBook). Bridge 03—All Tomorrow's Parties (aBook). Blue Ant 01—Pattern Recognition (aBook). Blue Ant 02—Spook Country (aBook). Blue Ant—Zero History (aBook).

Philip Glass: Words Without Music (aBook).

David Halberstam: The Best and the Brightest (aBook).

Peter F. Hamilton: Salvation 01—Salvation (aBook). Salvation 02—Salvation Lost (aBook). Salvation 03—Saints of Salvation (aBook). The Night's Dawn 01—The Reality Dysfunction (aBook). The Night's Dawn 02—The Neutronium Alchemist (aBook). The Night's Dawn 03—The Naked God (aBook). A Confederation Handbook (eBook). A Second Chance at Eden (eBook). Commonwealth 01—Pandora's Star (aBook). Commonwealth 02—Judas Unchained (aBook). Void 01—The Dreaming Void (aBook). Void 02—The Temporal Void (aBook). Void 03—The Evolutionary Void (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 01—The Abyss Beyond Dreams (aBook). The Chronicle of the Fallers 02—Night Without Stars (aBook). Fallen Dragon (aBook). Great North Road (aBook) .

Robert A. Heinlein: Revolt in 2100; Methuselah's ChildrenOrphan's of the Sky; Destination Moon; Double Star; Friday; Glory Road; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; The Number of the Beast; The Pursuit of the Pankera; Red Planet; Starship Troopers; Stranger in a Strange Land; Time Enough for Love; Time for the Stars; Variable Star; The Star Beast; Citizen of the Galaxy; Tunnel in the Sky; The Door Into Summer

Frank Herbert: Dune 01—Dune (eBook and aBook). Dune 02—Dune Messiah (eBook). Dune 03—Children of Dune (eBook).

P.C. Hodgell: Chronicles of the Kencyrath 01-02: The God Stalker Chronicles (made up of God Stalk and Dark of the Moon) (eBook).

M.R. James: Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (eBook).

Philip Keith: Blackhorse Riders—A Desperate Last Stand, An Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot (aBook). Firebase Illingworth (aBook). 

Stanley Karnow: Vietnam—A History (aBook and pBook).

Stephen King: Danse Macabre (eBook and aBook). On Writing (eBook and aBook).

Henry Kuttner: The Best of Henry Kuttner (eBook). The Keeps 01—Clash by Night (eBook). The Keeps 02—Fury (eBook). 

John Le Carre: George Smiley 01—Call for the Dead (aBook). George Smiley 02—A Murder of Quality (aBook). George Smiley 03—The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (aBook). George Smiley 04—The Looking Glass War (aBook). George Smiley 05—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (aBook). George Smiley 06—The Honorable Schoolboy (aBook). George Smiley 07—Smiley's People (aBook). George Smiley 08—The Secret Pilgrim (aBook). George Smiley 09—A Legacy of Spies (aBook).

John McPhee: Annals of the Former World 02—In Suspect Terrain (aBook); Annals of the Former World 03—Rising from the Plains (aBook); Annals of the Former World 04—Assembling California (aBook); Annals of the Former World 05—Crossing the Craton (aBook). Coming into the Country (aBook) (link to omnibus edition of Annals of the Former World) (link to Coming into the Country).

Barbara Mertz (as Elizabeth Peters): Amelia Peabody 001—Crocodile on the Sandbank (aBook); Amelia Peabody 002—The Curse of the Pharaohs; Amelia Peabody 003—The Mummy Case; Amelia Peabody 004—Lost in the Valley; Amelia Peabody 005—The Deeds of the Disturber; Amelia Peabody 006—The Last Camel Died at Noon; Amelia Peabody 007—The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog; Amelia Peabody 008—The Hippopotamus Pool; Amelia Peabody 009—Seeing a Large Cat; Amelia Peabody 010—The Ape Who Guards the Balance; Amelia Peabody 011—The Falcon at the Portal; Amelia Peabody 012—He Shall Thunder in the Sky; Amelia Peabody 013—Lord of the Silent; Amelia Peabody 014—The Golden One; Amelia Peabody 015—Children of the Storm; Amelia Peabody 016—Guardian of the Horizon; Amelia Peabody 017—The Serpent on the Crown; Amelia Peabody 018—Tomb of the Golden Bird; Amelia Peabody 019—A River in the Sky; Amelia Peabody 020—The Painted Queen; Amelia Peabody's Egypt—A Compendium (associational) (pBook).

Nicholas Meyer: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (aBook). The West End Horror (aBook). The Canary Trainer (aBook). The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (aBook). The Return of the Pharaoh (aBook). 

Mike Mignola & Company: Hellboy Omnibus 01—Seed of Destruction (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 02—Strange Places (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 03—The Wild Hunt (eBook). Hellboy Omnibus 04—Hellboy in Hell (eBook). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 01 (eBook). Hellboy—The Complete Short Stories 02 (eBook). 

Richard K. Morgan: Takeshi Kovacs 01—Altered Carbon (eBook).

C.L. Moore: The Best of C.L. Moore (eBook). Black God's Kiss (eBook).

C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner: The Best of C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (eBook). Earth's Last Citadel (eBook).

Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried (aBook).

Megan O'Keefe: Protectorate 01—Velocity Weapon (aBook). Protectorate 02—Chaos Vector (aBook). Protectorate 03—Catalyst Gate (aBook). 

Malka Older: Centenal Cycle 01—Infomocracy (aBook). Centenal Cycle 02—Null States (aBook). Centenal Cycle 03—State Tectonics (aBook).

Ellis Peters: Cadfael 07—The Sanctuary Sparrow (eBook); Brother Cadfael 08—The Devil's Novice (eBook); Brother Cadfael 09—Dead Man's Ransom (eBook); Brother Cadfael 10—The Pilgrim of Hate (eBook); Brother Cadfael 11—An Excellent Mystery (eBook); Brother Cadfael 12—The Raven in the Foregate (eBook); Brother Cadfael 13—The Rose Rent (eBook); Brother Cadfael 14—The Hermit of Eyton Forest (eBook); Brother Cadfael 15—The Confession of Brother Haluin (eBook); Brother Cadfael 16—The Heretic's Apprentice (eBook); Brother Cadfael 17—The Potter's Field (eBook); Brother Cadfael 18—The Summer of the Danes (eBooks); Brother Cadfael 19—The Holy Thief (eBook); Brother Cadfael 20—Brother Cadfael's Penance (eBook). COMPLETE!

Frederik Pohl: Gateway 01—Gateway (aBook). Gateway 02—Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (aBook). Gateway 03—Heechee Rendezvous (aBook). Gateway 04—The Annals of the Heechee (eBook). Gateway 05—The Gateway Trip (pBook). Gateway 06—The Boy Who Would Live Forever (eBook).

Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates (aBook). Hide Me Among the Graves (aBook). Medusa's Web (aBook). Vickery and Castine 01—Alternate Routes (aBook). Vickery and Castine 02—Forced Perspectives (aBook). Fault Lines 01—Last Call (aBook). Fault Lines 02—Expiration Date (aBook). Fault Lines 03—Earthquake Weather (aBook). The Stress of Her Regard (aBook). On Stranger Tides (aBook). Declare (aBook). Three Days to Never (aBook). On Pirates (as by "William Ashlbless") (with James Blaylock) (eBook). 

Alastair Reynolds: Slow Bullets (eBook and aBook). Deep Navigation (eBook). Revenger (aBook). Troika (aBook). Poseidon's Children 01—Blue Remembered Earth (aBook). Poseidon's Children 02—On the Steel Breeze (aBook). Poseidon's Children 03—Poseidon's Wake (aBook). The Prefect 01—Elysium Fire (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Galactic North (aBook). Revelation Space 00—Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (aBook). Revelation Space 01—Revelation Space (aBook). Revelation Space 02—Chasm City (aBook). Revelation Space 03—Redemption Ark (aBook). Revelation Space 04—Absolution Gap (aBook). Terminal World (aBook). House of Suns (aBook). Pushing Ice (aBook). Century Rain (aBook). Beyond the Aquila Rift—The Best of Alastair Reynolds (eBook). 

Kim Stanley Robinson: Escape from Kathmandu (eBook). Mars 01—Red Mars (aBook). Mars 02—Green Mars (aBook). Mars 03—Blue Mars (aBook). Mars 04—The Martians (eBook). Three Californias 01—The Wild Shore (aBook). Three Californias 02—The Gold Coast (aBook). Three Californias 03—Pacific Edge (aBook). Antarctica (aBook). The Years of Rice and Salt (aBook). Galileo's Dream (aBook). 2312 (aBook). Aurora (aBook). Shaman (aBook). New York 2140 (aBook). Red Moon (aBook). The Ministry of the Future (aBook). The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson (eBook). 

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 (eBook and aBook).

Clifford D. Simak: City (aBook). The Werewolf Principle (aBook). The Goblin Reservation (aBook). Project Pope (aBook). Time is the Simplest Thing (aBook). The Big Front Yard (aBook). The Ghost of a Model T (aBook). I Am Crying All Inside (aBook). Way Station (aBook). 

Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie—John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (aBook).

Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (eBook and aBook).

Neal Stephenson: The Baroque Cycle 01—Quicksilver (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 02—King of the Vagabonds (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 03—Odalisque (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 04—Bonanza (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 05—Juncto (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 06—Solomon's Gold (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 07—Currency (aBook). The Baroque Cycle 08—The System of the World (aBook). 

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell (aBook). The Youngest Science (aBook); The Medusa and the Snail (aBook); Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (aBook); The Fragile Species (aBook).

Ian W. Toll: Pacific Crucible—War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 (eBook). The Conquering Tide—War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944 (eBook). Twilight of the Gods—War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945 (eBook). 

Jack Vance: Demon Princes Omnibus: The Star King; The Killing Machine; The Palace of Love; The Face; The Book of Dreams (eBook). Tales of the Dying Earth Omnibus: The Dying Earth; The Eyes of the Overworld; Cugel's Saga; Rhialto the Marvellous (eBook). Dying Earth 03—Cugel's Saga (aBook). Dying Earth 04—Rhialto the Marvellous (aBook). Tshai (omnibus of City of the ChaschServants of the Wankh/The WannekThe DirdirThe Pnume) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Trullion (Alastor 2262) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Marune (Alastor 933) (eBook). Alastor Cluster—Wyst (Alastor 1716) (eBook). The Cadwal Chronicles (omnibus of Araminta StationEcce and Old EarthThroy) (eBook). The Jack Vance Lexicon—The Coined Words of Jack Vance from Abiloid to Zygage (eBook). Ports of Call 02—Lurulu (eBook).

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End (eBook). True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier (eBook). 

Martha Wells: The Murderbot Diaries 00—Compulsory (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 01—All Systems Red (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 02—Artificial Condition (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 03—Rogue Protocol (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 04—Exit Strategy (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 05—Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 06—Network Effect (eBook). The Murderbot Diaries 07—Fugitive Telemetry (eBook). 

Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun 01—The Shadow of the Torturer (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 02—The Claw of the Conciliator (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 03—The Sword of the Lictor (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 04—The Citadel of the Autarch (pBook). The Book of the New Sun 05—The Urth of the New Sun (pBook). Peace (eBook). 

Robert Zelazny: My Name is Legion (eBook). A Night in Lonesome October (eBook). Jack of Shadows (eBook). Dilvish, The Damned (eBook). The Changing Land (eBook). Roadmarks (aBook).

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Silent Tower

 

Barbara Hambley: The Windrose Chronicles 01—The Silent Tower (Del Rey Books, Open Road Media and others).

I first came across Barbara Hambly when she first started being published in the 1980's by Del Rey Books, as part of their fantasy line. With books such as the first of the Darwath books (The Time of the Dark) and the Sun Wolf sequence (The Ladies of Mandrigyn). They were fun fantasy novels, different from the usual Del Rey fare, quick reads and interesting reads as well. In 1986 came the first of the Windrose Chronicles, The Silent Tower, with elements of both our world and a fantasy world, with implications for both.

Joanna Sheraton is a programmer at a US government research center who comes across an intruder where none should be, in the heart of a 1980's supercomputer machine room...a man using...candles. No trace of the intruder is seen later until Joanna is drawn into another world when she is at a party of her somewhat flaky boyfriend. She teams up with Caris (guardian of and relative to Archmage Salteris) and Antryg (student of both Salteris and the so-called Darkmage Suraklin) to try and find out whether Suraklin has somehow managed to return from the dead and has taken Salteris prisoner between the worlds. 

Friends become enemies and vice versa (intentionally or not) as the trio try to unravel what exacttly is going on as they travel across the Earth-that-is-not-Earth and back to Earth at the ending (spoilers for a book that was first published in 1986) leading to a...cliffhanger.

Good thing I already have the second (first read in 1988, but repurchased as an eBook more recently)!

Like the briefer (and better) Tea with a Black Dragon (R.A. MacAvoy), The Silent Tower mixes our world and the world of our technology—the still nascent world of computer (at that point at least) with decent female characters and a interesting plot. Does it still hold up? I think Joanna gets into the trappings of the alternate Earth a tad fast (especially when it comes to clothing), but she definitely is a strong character and central to the (cliffhanger) resolution. The book held up on this re-reading (some decades later) and I will take up the sequels as well.