The Weekly Yaasss is a round-up of everything Reviews & Robots, and beyond! Get up to date on last week’s articles, find a few yaasss-worthy things in sci-fi for the week, and check out the upcoming books I’m adding to my reading list.
Previous Week’s Reviews
- Temper: A Novel, by Nicky Drayden – loved this book!
- Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells – obviously, I’m obsessed with this series, and this book was no exception
- I also reviewed a bunch of Analog short stories this week. Check out those reviews here!
- Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse
- I just couldn’t take seeing her latest book in my queue anymore!
- The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel, by Mary Robinette Kowal
- OMG. That’s all I have to say. I can’t deal with the amazingness of this series.
- The Million, by Karl Schroeder
- The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark
- More Analog stories!
- The Hugo Awards were on Sunday night and it was historic! There were so many awesome writers all in one place. You’ve got Martha Wells, Rebecca Roanhorse, Uncanny Magazine, Mur Lafferty, and of course, N.K. Jemison. Check out the winners list here.
- Can we talk about N.K. Jemison’s amazing speech at the Hugo Awards? She received her third Hugo for Best Novel. THIRD. IN A ROW. Anyone who has been following sci-fi on Twitter this week has most likely seen the speech, but it was such an important moment as she talked about inclusivity and succeeding in spite of the people who tried to pull her down. She’s an inspiration. You better believe I’ll have a ‘Catching Up with The Broken Earth’ series of articles coming out in September. If you haven’t seen the speech, watch it here.
- I read Murderbot and the only negative is that I have to wait until October to see how the series concludes! Such a great character. Martha Wells has created a compelling series that I’m sure will continue well into the future. I’m totally on board for that.
- I’ve decided that it’s time to read through Philip K. Dick. I don’t just mean one or two. I mean all of them. 44 books to be exact. I’ll be publishing one review per week, starting in September, so get ready to get wild!
Sci-Fi Articles That Caught My Eye
- ‘Robots Can Successfully Peer Pressure Children’ (Popular Mechanics)
- Apparently robots are master manipulators. So when the robots take over, it’s not going to be a surprise.
- ‘We Are All Going To Die’: Viral Robot Overlord Video Creeps Out Twitter’ (Sputnik News)
- It’s a War of the Worlds for the YouTube age. Didn’t you know robots walk among us now?
- ‘Thousands of Stores Will Soon Use Facial Recognition, And They Won’t Need Your Consent’ (Buzzfeed)
- This is literally Minority Report. I’m just waiting for this to turn into a marketing tool. One day I’ll walk into a Target and be directed straight to the candy aisle. It’ll happen.
- ‘Want to Snag a Job Mining Asteroids Someday? You Can Now Get a Masters In It’ (Futurism)
- If you’re a planner like me, this may be worth looking into. Who knows how soon mining asteroids will happen? It’s not really a useful skill at the moment, but you never know when that degree might come in handy. And honestly, it’s not the least practical degree out there.
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