Weekly Yaasss: Weird News & End of Year Plans

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.

This week’s list includes end of year plans, articles on essential (and ridiculous) new technology, and a list of upcoming reviews. Scroll down to check it all out!

Yaasss-Worthy Things

I’m noticing that December isn’t a big month for science fiction or fantasy book releases. Am I missing something here? Do space operas hibernate in the winter? Nonetheless, December is going to be my epic “Catch Up and Read All of the Books Already Idiot” month. I’m talking Space Unicorn Blues, Fury From the Tomb, Apocalypse Nyx, and Bloody Rose. So many books featuring compelling stories and intense characters. Look forward to a bunch of reviews!

Sci-Fi Articles That Caught My Eye

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense, Wired

I’m sure we can all agree that most existing artificial intelligence doesn’t really have common sense. Just ask Siri or Alexa a question and marvel at the absurdities they spout back. It seems like we’re getting close to a turning point where actual human facsimiles are possible. Anyways, read this article – it’s long form and my favorite science article from the past week!

Odysseus, The Solar-Powered Aircraft That Can Fly for Months, Popular Mechanics

So much can be done scientifically with an aircraft like this – it’s really quite impressive! I don’t imagine this kind of technology will ever be used for actual human flight, but it’s a breakthrough nonetheless.

An Edible Controller Moves Gaming From the Screen to Your Gut, Futurism

This has to be the strangest article I’ve read all year. I didn’t realize there was a market for games you can eat. I guess some people realllllllly want to immerse themselves in something that sounds random and kind of dangerous. It’s got to be the first game that ends with pooping.

A Knight’s Tale is the Best Medieval Film (No, Really), Tor.com

I LOVE this article. As most from my generation will attest, A Knight’s Tale is epicness with a side of Heath Ledger. If you’re not a fan, I don’t understand you and wish you well in your life endeavors. 

Upcoming Reviews

The Mortal Word
Genevieve Cogman

The Winter Road
Adrian Selby

There Before the Chaos
K.B. Wagers

November Reviews

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is a compilation of the world’s greatest hits, matching old tales with new characters and settings. Yolen is a master of the fairy tale form – you’ll find her writing style both enchanting and enticing as you wind through these modern adaptations to discover her unique perspective. The collection is a masterpiece of fairy tale storytelling, one that should be read by lovers of fairy tales and those new to the genre.

Read full review here!

The Subjugate is deftly written, pairing the thrill of a crime novel with an analysis of technology and its impact on the world at large. Central to the novel is a critique of methods of control, examining religion, technology, and the criminal justice system. Bridgeman doesn’t shy away from these debates, presenting strong opinions on the reformation of criminals, and the positive and negative aspects of religion. Overall, it’s a smart, well-crafted story that drew me in until the very end.

Read full review here!

Empire of Sand takes you deep into the desert, mixing magic, mystical arts and religion in a world where empire comes before all else. Suri has created a world you yearn to explore, where creatures and beasts lie in wait on the edge of reality. The writing is complex and well executed, giving you an intricately woven narrative starring a strong woman who fights for what she believes in. It’s a wonderful fantasy novel filled with magic, mayhem, and love.

Read full review here!

Static Ruin takes us to the end of the Mars Xi trilogy, complete with explosions, betrayals and a startling realization that changes everything we know about our main character. White’s writing is entertaining and intriguing to read, with solid pacing and epic conclusions that will leave you both stunned and satisfied. It’s a series I’ve loved from the beginning, and Static Ruin is a fitting end. 

Read full review here!

Vox is the kind of novel that slams into you, showing you how terrible the world can be. Dalcher’s novel demands to be read. You’ll feel the frustration, anger, and pain of our protagonist, and you’ll be ready to scream along with her. This is our generation’s Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a book that compels us to wake up, look around, and do everything we can to prevent this horrifying dystopia from coming true. 

Read full review here!

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