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If there’s one thing we love at SF Signal, it’s talking about books. (Although, if I’m being honest, books are a actually a close third behind snack foods and sleep.) And that’s good enough reason for us to launch a new Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Book Meme!

You know the drill: Copy the questions/statements below and paste them into the comments with your answers. Answer as many or as few as you’d like.

  1. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:
  2. The last science fiction book I read was:
  3. The last fantasy book I read was:
  4. The last horror book I read was:
  5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?)
  6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?)
  7. The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was:
  8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are:
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22 Comments on Book Meme! Answer These 8 Questions About Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books

  1. 1.The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight by Jack Vance
    2.The last science fiction book I read was: The Martian by Andy Weir
    3.The last fantasy book I read was: Cugel the Clever by Jack Vance
    4.The last horror book I read was: The Weird Company by Pete Rawlik
    5.A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: SF that takes place on a vast (cosmological) canvas — Stephen Baxter’s The Time Ships, e.g., or Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time. (BONUS: Why? Because I like being croggled by the immensity of the cosmos.)
    6.A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: I don’t read much contemporary MilSF. (BONUS: Why? Nothing I can put my finger on; it just doesn’t speak to me like other things.)
    7.The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    8.3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.

  2. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Anathem by Neal Stephenson
    The last science fiction book I read was: In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford
    The last fantasy book I read was: The Lord of the Rings (again)
    The last horror book I read was: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) Space opera a la Alastair Reynolds, Iain Banks, et al…because epic concepts are epic.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) Zombies/witches/vampire/werewolves/etc…because there’s nothing epic, mind blowing, informative, conceptual, etc about the genre.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds, The Martian by Andy Weir, one of the Culture books by Iain Banks, and too many others to list.

  3. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Positive by David Wellington, The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green, and Deathstalker Rebellion by Simon R. Green

    The last science fiction book I read was: Vostok by Steve Alten

    The last fantasy book I read was: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

    The last horror book I read was: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Epic Fantasy (I like being immersed in a fully realized, well-imagined a world with multiple plots and POVs)

    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: Coming of Age Fantasy (Simply been there and done that far too many times)

    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (seriously, awesome stuff – we deserving of the hype)

    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

  4. Louis J Slimak // April 16, 2015 at 10:43 am //

    The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: The Peripheral by William Gibson, and The Best of Connie Willis (a collection of short stories)
    The last science fiction book I read was: Just finished Locked In by John Scalzi
    The last fantasy book I read was: I literally can’t remember…
    The last horror book I read was: Area X by Jeff VanDerMeer (if that qualifies)
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Dystopic (BONUS: Why?) It seems that those stories often offer the most pointed and profound social satires and commentaries.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: Anything in the swords and magic fantasy realm. (BONUS: Why?) I just personally have no way to connect those stories to my everyday life and beliefs.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Lexicon by Max Barry
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: Orfeo by Richard Powers (hard to ever put this guy in a genre), Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, and Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

  5. 1. The sf/f/h book I am currently reading is: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
    2. The last science fiction book I read was: Star Wars: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson
    3. The last fantasy book I read was: The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham
    4. The last horror book I read was: Consumed by David Cronenberg
    5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Space Opera (BONUS: Really imaginative locations, characterization is still important and innovate concepts are explored.)
    6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: Hard Sci-Fi (BONUS: Why? Can easily feel like I am reading a technical manual if not done well)
    7. The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: Star Wars: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells, Embassytown by China Miéville, The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

  6. Georges T. // April 16, 2015 at 11:04 am //

    1.”The House in the High Wood” (2001) by Jeffrey E. Barlough
    “Tales of the Genii” (1764) by Charles Morell (pseud. of Rev. James Ridley)
    2.”The Sea and Summer” (1987) by George Turner
    3. “The Castle Omnibus: The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, The Modern World (2009) by Steph Swainston
    4. “North American Lake Monsters” (2014) by Nathan Ballingrud, and
    “Tenebrae” (1898) by Ernest G. Henham
    5. Lost race novels, because I grew up reading them, and while they tend to be rather clichéd at times, there’s a certain wonder and imagination to them that’s lots today, and lots of politically incorrect colonial era adventurers doing adventurous things.
    6. Tolkien-clone fantasy — because it’s been done to death, and the vast majority of the time rather poorly.
    7. “A Princess of Mars” (1912/1917) Edgar Rice Burroughs
    8. SF: “Palos of the Dog Star Pack” (Trilogy, 1918-1921) by J.U. Giesy
    Fantasy: “Dawn Land” (1993) by Joseph Bruchac
    Horror: “Echo of a Curse” (1939) by R.R. Ryan

  7. 1.The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:
    -“Nexus” by Ramez Naam, “A face like glass” by Frances Hardinge
    2.The last science fiction book I read was:
    – “The rebirths of Tao” by Wesley Chu
    3.The last fantasy book I read was:
    – “Discount Armageddon” by Seanan McGuire
    4.The last horror book I read was:
    – “Wake” by Elizabeth Knox
    5.A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?)
    – I like almost all of them! Maybe especially drawn to various aspects of medicine in SF. Plagues, vaccines, nanobots, all of it. Because… it’s interesting, that’s why.
    6.A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?)
    – Usually bored by classic dragon-sword-middleagey fantasy. Because… something-something characterization stuff. Also paranormal romance, for the same reasons, and also because romance as main plot just doesn’t appeal to me.
    7.The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was:
    – I most recently made someone read Stross’ “The Atrocity Archives”. Before that, the graphic novel “Saga”, and Peter Watts “Blindsight” and “Echopraxia”.
    8.3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are:
    – “The goblin emperor” by Katherine Addison, “The violent century” by Lavie Tidhar, “The peripheral” by William Gibson.

  8. 1. Currently Reading Nexus – Ramez Naam
    2. Adrift on the Seas of Rains – Ian Sales (technically a novella, the last novel I read was Shelter by Susan Palwick)
    3. Alchemy of Stone
    4. I pretty much never read horror. A number of years back I read World War Z, but not sure that counts
    5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Hard SF because it lights my imagination on fire
    6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: Lately anything with psychic abilities has been terrible in my mind; stuff with vampires doesn’t do it for me either.
    7 .The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: I recommend Shelter by Susan Palwick to my wife; outside of my wife I recommend Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie to a friend.
    8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: Station Eleven, Something Coming Through – Paul McAuley, and The Three Body Problem

  9. Honey Anne // April 16, 2015 at 11:55 am //

    The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcias, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, White Cat by Holly Black, and Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older. (I’m a little carried away atm!)
    The last science fiction book I read was: If we’re counting graphic novels then it was Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. If we’re not, then it was Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi.
    The last fantasy book I read was: The last short one was Hunting Monsters by SL Huang (oh so good!!) The last full length one was Operation Arcana (only okay).
    The last horror book I read was: I don’t read much horror so I’m not sure. This Strange Way of Dying, which I’m currently reading, has horror elements. The last dark fantasy I read was Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: I like space opera! I enjoy the manners comedy stuff it often includes (eg, Lee and Miller).
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: I don’t enjoy horror with human villains. When I do read horror I’d rather there be magic. Psychos creep me out.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: The Alias graphic novel, partly because the TV show AKA Jessica Jones is now being filmed.
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Magpie Lord by K. J. Charles.

  10. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
    The last science fiction book I read was: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
    The last fantasy book I read was: Six Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher
    The last horror book I read was: Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) Alternate history- it’s the “what if?” that I like. But it must be GOOD and well-researched. There’s a lot of crappy alternate history.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) Paranormal romance. Usually nothing surprising there.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Golden Son by Pierce Brown.
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Martian by Andy Weir,Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human, Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory

  11. 1.) The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:

    a.) The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett (Mrs. Quent Trilogy, #3)
    b.) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    c.) Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks (The Culture, #4)
    d.) The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage, #2).

    2.) The last science fiction book I read was:

    2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

    3.) The last fantasy book I read was:

    The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles, sidebar)

    4.) The last horror book I read was:

    Maplewood by Cherie M. Priest (The Borden Dispatches, #1)

    5.) A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is:

    Military SF because I fell in love with Heinlein’s Starship Troopers and went on to adore S.M. Stirling’s Draka
    series:
    a.) Marching Through Georgia
    b.) Under the Yoke
    c.) The Stone Dogs
    d.) Drakon

    6.) A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is:

    Romance

    7.) The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was:

    The Black Dawn Series by Joseph D’Lacey
    a. Black Feathers
    b. The Book of the Crowman

    8.) 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are:

    The Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson
    a. Red Mars
    b. Blue Mars
    c. Green Mars

  12. 1. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:
    The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro.
    2. The last science fiction book I read was:
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
    3. The last fantasy book I read was:
    Delusion’s Master by Tanith Lee.
    4. The last horror book I read was:
    The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro.
    5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is:
    Space Opera, because pew pew!
    6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is:
    Urban fantasy, I uded to read it and like it a lot, now there’s nothing new on it.
    7. The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was:
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
    8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are:
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Night Eternal by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.

  13. Steve Oerkfitz // April 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm //

    1. Current reads are Grace of Kings by Ken Lie, The Doll Collection edited by Ellen Datlow.
    2. Last SF book I read was Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher.
    3. The last fantasy I read was Half the World by Joe Abercrombie.
    4. The last horror book I read was No One Gets Out of Here Alive by Adam Nevill
    5. A SF/F/H sub genre I really like is Dark Fantasy.
    6. A Sf/F/H sub genre I really dislike is Urban/paranormal fantasy
    7. The last Sf/F/H book I recommended was Pavane by Keith Roberts.
    8. On my to be read list-Whispering Shadows by Michael Moorcock,No Blade of Grass by John Christopher, The Quiet Woman by Christopher Priest

  14. 1. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Blindsight by Peter Watts
    2. The last science fiction book I read was: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
    3. The last fantasy book I read was: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
    4. The last horror book I read was: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest (it may call itself dark fantasy but tentacles sends it into Horror)
    5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) – How to choose one? Alternative history – the “what if” questions that historians do not want to answer.
    6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) Paranormal romance – just because it has vampires and/or sidhe, it is not really a genre story (and I really hate when urban fantasy and paranormal romances are used interchangeably or the wrong genre is used by the publisher).
    7. The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
    8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions And Disturbances by Neil Gaiman and The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison are the next 3 on the pile.

  15. moonglum // April 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm //

    The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
    The last science fiction book I read was: The Martian, by Andy Weir
    The last fantasy book I read was: The Goblin Emperor by Kathrine Addison
    The last horror book I read was: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermere (seemed like a horror novel to me)
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: ‘New Weird’ because much of it is well written and feels fresh.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: zombies (yawn)
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: The Slow Regard for Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss and the Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip (I recommended both at the same time)
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear

  16. 1. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:

    Tales of the Dying Earth – Jack Vance (omnibus edition). It took me a while to catch on to the deadpan voice, but I’m enjoying it now that I’m reading it as comedy.

    2. The last science fiction book I read was:

    River of Gods – Ian McDonald. Loved it.

    3. The last fantasy book I read was:

    Hild – Nicola Griffith. Whatever the genre, I loved it.

    As an aside, in thinking back to this – read late last year – I realize that I tend to read more SF novels but more fantasy short fiction. Maybe. Not that herding book-cats into these categories really matters, but now I’m curious why this is.

    4. The last horror book I read was:

    None recently, unless you count Something Wicked This Way Comes, which I re-read more or less every October. It’s my favorite book.

    5. A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?)

    Do Mieville, Bacigalupi, and McDonald constitute a sub-genre? Because I’ve discovered all three in recent years and find they scratch a similar itch.

    6. A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?)

    I don’t think I can claim to dislike any sub-genre in general, but if I had to choose I’d say sword-and-sorcery novels try my patience – sometimes it feels like it’s just one damned inn after another. (After all, I am in the part of the Dying Earth tales where Cugel is basically walking from one village full of idiots to the next, trolling and getting trolled by every troll he meets.)

    7. The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was:

    A list of ~25 favorite must-have SFF books to my MS/HS alma mater librarian (my dad)!

    8. 3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile/list are:

    Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings – I’ve consistently been… enriched by his short fiction and am really intrigued by everything I’ve heard about novel.

    The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi – Paolo is another author whose short fiction I really enjoy (in that weird way that troubling ideas can be enjoyable).

    The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – haven’t read much by the author besides podcast versions of the Mongoose/Boojum stories (which I dug), but like what I’ve heard from various sources about the setup and tone of this novel.

  17. 1 – The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Contact (Alien Invasion Book 2)- Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

    2 – The last science fiction book I read was: The Void – Timothy S. Johnston

    3 – The last fantasy book I read was: City of Stairs – Robert Jackson Bennett

    4 – The last horror book I read was: Penpal – Dathan Auerbach

    5 – A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) Military SF. Not sure why specifically, but I seem to like a lot of books in this genre.

    6 – A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) Alternate history SF. Just not my thing.

    7 – The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Brilliance (The Brilliance Saga Book 1) – Marcus Sakey

    8 -3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: Spin – Robert Charles Wilson (Been meaning to give this series a try for a long time.) Cibola Burn (The Expanse Book 4) – James S.A. Corey. Dark Intelligence (Transformatio​ns) by Neal Asher.

  18. The sf/f/h book I am currently reading is: My Real Children by Jo Walton
    The last science fiction book I read was: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
    The last fantasy book I read was: Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
    The last horror book I read was: North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Well – now that I think about it, I guess I don’t have a favorite; I just like well-written books
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: I don’t care for horror; I read for inspiration as much as entertainment and there is usually not much there for me in horror
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: The Just City by Jo Walton, Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe, The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

  19. James Campbell // April 17, 2015 at 7:34 am //

    The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Madel….The House by Bentley Little
    The last science fiction book I read was: Station Eleven
    The last fantasy book I read was: Game of Thrones I
    The last horror book I read was: Mr. Hands by Gary Braunbeck
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) Hard sci-fi because real science makes the whole experience so much better, for horror… pretty much anything that has a realistic or at least potentially realistic aspect to it, again makes it more believable.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) for SF – military sci-fi: too many real wars (past, present) in the news, movies, tv, etc. Horror – zombies – it’s so overdone.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Station Eleven (SF), Thunderhead (Horror), even though it’s not really horror
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: the rest of the Game of Thrones paperback set I have, Imajica (Clive Barker), Pet Sematary

  20. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are:”Dark Intelligence” by Neal Asher

    The last science fiction book I read was: “Foxglove Summer” by Ben Aaronovitch

    The last fantasy book I read was: “Autumn Republic” by Brian McClellan

    The last horror book I read was: “Revival” by Stephen King

    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: (BONUS: Why?) Space Opera, just for it’s grand scale.

    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: (BONUS: Why?) Paranormal romance.

    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Peter Hamilton, “The Abyss of Dreams”.

    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: “The Rebirths of Tao” by Wesley Chu, “The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett and “On the Steel Breeze” by Alastair Reynolds.

  21. The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: Ben Reeder’s Demon’s Apprentice Series.
    The last science fiction book I read was: The Golden Son by Pierce Brown.
    The last fantasy book I read was:A Plain-Dealing Villain by Craig Schaefer.
    The last horror book I read was: The Linux Command Line Manual.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Warhammer 40K books because they are dark and war-like and sometimes incredibly well written.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades.
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: I have books from Anthony Ryan, Jim Butcher, Pierce Brown, Benedict Jacka, and Django Wexler on pre-order.

  22. Harry Blanchard // April 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm //

    OK here goes, but it’s not so enlightening: because … guess what nominating ballot is influencing my reading …

    The sf/f/h book(s) I am currently reading are: “Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie, “The Three Body Problem” by C. Liu
    The last science fiction book I read was: “Lock In” by J. Scalzi
    The last fantasy book I read was: N. K. Jemisin “The Killing Moon”
    The last horror book I read was: Don’t read or like horror, but perhaps Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy qualifies? That was exceptional.
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I really like is: Any story that combines the sf and detective genres, so like “Lock In” pushes that button, M. R. Kowal’s novella “Kiss Me Twice” is a wonderful example. Why? I love both genres, having them both together can be like chocolate syrup on chocolate ice cream (sometimes not)
    A sf/f/h sub-genre I dislike is: Vampires, even sf with Vampires. Why? I just don’t get the attraction, the idea is boring.
    The last sf/f/h book I recommended to someone was: “Lock In” by Scalzi. No, I am not a Scalzi fanboy, it just fell out that way this time.
    3 sf/f/h books on my to-read pile are: “The Goblin Emperor” by K. Addison, “The Dark Between the Stars” by K. Anderson, “Lines of Departure” by Marko Kloos (yes, even though it’s off now…)

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