Impress of the Seventh Surge starts in a very familiar world, as the story centres around a pandemic
It’s not really alternative history, but it’s using history to tell another story of the mysterious Kibsu – women with incredible strength and knowledge but who are apparently stranded on earth.
The Hidden Palace is the sequel to the wonderful The Golem and the Djinni, and is itself, utterly delightful.
mining system orbiting Jupiter. However, after a battle with ‘aliens’ it is captured and everything it thinks it knows slowly unravels throughout the course of the novel.
I’m not sure how Becky Chambers does it, but in such a compact little book, she built a world that was at once familiar and very new.
I thought it was a short story collection, but really it was two stories.
A Desolation Called Peace is the sequel to the immensely satisfying A Memory Called Empire. How I describe the series to other people is basically diplomatic science fiction.
She, through a series of events, ends of the translator to Ampersand, an alien who is looking for a group of aliens who ended up on Earth 40 years previously.
The latest instalment in the Murderbot Diaries.
Essentially, there are a bunch of scientists who are all either being bribed or threatened, in very different ways, to stop the work they’re doing. Eventually they all get together and are trying to thrash out what could be going on. Is it a super advanced civilisation, is it coincidence, is it something else?