Favorite sci-fi quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.sci-fi-month-badge

This week the topic is “The top ten quotes from books we’ve read in the last year or so.” Because it’s Sci-Fi Month I’ve changed the topic slightly–these are favorite quotes from some of the science fiction I’ve read in the last year or so. I love quotes so it was both fun and hard to choose just ten I really like.

Books my quotes are from:

The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

“Time was when I couldn’t walk anywhere on Mars without being recognized as the Lady Astronaut. Now, thirty years after the First Expedition, I was just another old lady, whose small stature showed my origin on Earth.”

Lock In by John Scalzi

“Rich people show their appreciation through favors. When everyone you know has more money than they know what to do with, money stops being a useful transactional tool. So instead you offer favors. Deals. Quid pro quos. Things that involve personal involvement rather than money. Because when you’re that rich, your personal time is your limiting factor.”

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

“And the moral of the story: never call a two star general a bastard to his face.”

Stretching out his regenerated leg, Captain Rose leaned away from his desk and drummed his fingers against the inert plastic trim. “I’m a little surprised you didn’t already know that.”

“You and me both, sir” Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr stared down at the general’s orders on her slate. “You and me both.”

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & John D. MacDonald

“Still no reply from the target,” she said. “Regular starpilot’s grave over there–no emanations of any kind.”

. . . . “What the merchant spacers call a drifting wreck,” she said.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

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What about you? Do you have favorite quote from books?

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Read Along, Wk 2

Sci-Fi Month 2015 is a month-long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-read-alongI’m reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and participating in this Read Along for Sci-Fi Month. The Read Along is hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow. sci-fi-month-badge

This week we’re taking a look at “Port Coriol” to “Cricket.” And Chris over at Galleywampus is asking the questions.

Spoilers below!

There has been significant conversation about AI, what it means to be alive, whether or not AI should have rights, whether or not a person can fall in love with a specific instance of AI, etc. This is a bit of a sticky situation. After the discussion between Pepper and Jenks, how do you feel about Lovey’s and Jenks’ relationship? Should they move forward with their plan?

I think this will be a problem for Lovey and Jenks. Lovey has never had a body so that is going to be very strange plus it’s illegal so they will have to hide her. Another problem could be the mechanics of the body, the tech. It may not work as it’s supposed to. It could fail and Lovey could die. Also the tech selling the body may blackmail them. All sorts of things can go wrong.

There is also the idea which has been written about in science fiction for years: what happens when an Artificial Intelligence is smarter than humans and thinks they can make better decisions than humans. Especially if they’re tired of being treated as slaves or second-class citizens.

In the chapter “Intro to Harmagian Colonial History,” we see Dr. Chef’s perspective of having been a mother, though he is currently male, and Sissix’s perspective that children aren’t people yet. Ohan is referred to as they/them. The Akarak are referred to as xyr/xe. These perspectives and preferences are perspectives actually held by different groups of humans in our own world. Do you think assigning these perspectives to aliens rather than humans make them easier or harder to sympathize with?

I think it’s easier to sympathize with alien perspectives. We expect aliens to be different and maybe strange, but we usually expect humans to follow our rules and morality.

How might the ship robbery have been different if the Wayfarer were armed?

People would probably have died. If Wayfarer had weapons she would have fired on the other ship when it first appeared. If the crew of Wayfarer had weapons with them ready to fire there might have been a shoot-out with people from both sides getting injured or killed. Considering the crew had never encountered pirates before they would probably have hesitated to fire their weapons, but the pirates wouldn’t have hesitated.

If Rosemary hadn’t been able to speak to the pirates some of the crew probably would have died and would have starved or run out of fuel if the pirates had stolen everything.

As I finished the fourth chapter in my section, “Cricket,” I thought it might be a good place to stop and talk about some of our favorite humorous moments so far. What scenes really tickled your funny bone? Who makes you laugh the most and why?

These are two of the scenes I thought were funny. I think most of the funny moments for me are when the different species try to understand each other.

The different species trying to understand the food of others:

I thought it was some sort of spicy potato.”

“I have never understood potatoes,” Sissix said. “The whole point of a potato is to cover it with salt so you don’t notice how bland it is. Why not just get a salt lick and skip the potato?’

“Don’t ask me,” Ashby said, standing up. “Potatoes are a grounder thing.”

 

When Sissix is moulting and irritated and angry about everything:

“Do you ever get tired of Humans?”

“On occasion. . . .”

“I’m definitely tired of them today.” Sissix said, laying her head back. I’m tired of their inability to smell anything. I’m tired of how clingy they get around kids that don’t even belong to them. I’m tired of how neurotic they are about being naked. I want to smack every single one of them around until they realize how needlessly complicated they make their families and their social lives and their—their everything.”

Dr Chef nodded. “You love them and you understand them, but sometimes you wish they—and me and Ohan, too, I’m sure—could be more like ordinary people.”

“Exactly.” She sighed. . . . But today . . . I don’t know. It feels like having a mess of younger hatchmates who won’t stop playing with your toys. They’re not breaking anything and you know they’re only trying to please you, but they’re so little and annoying, and you want them all to fall down a well. Temporarily.”

I’m looking forward to what everyone else thought about these questions!

The Martian by Andy Weir

the-martian-by-Andy-WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Series: None
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Mars, Space between Earth and Mars & Earth
Published by Crown, 2014
Audible book, purchased
314 pages
10 hours, 53 minutessci-fi-month-2015
Grade: A
Narrator grade: A
Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Initial impressions

  • Very exciting! Well written and engaging. It’s one of my favorite books of the year.

Cheers

  • Such a good story. There’s excitement, suspense and heroism.
  • So many people have weighed in about this book and have written reviews I don’t think I have anything new to say. However, I want to talk about how much I liked the book.
  • Mark Watney keeps a journal which is what an astronaut and scientist would do. He wants to leave a record behind to let others know what he did in case he doesn’t survive. He’s often profane and irreverent and his personality comes through. At one point when he thinks he might survive after-all he thinks he should be more careful about what he writes!
  • The narrator is excellent. Mr. Bray is very matter-of-fact which I think is the Mark would act.
  • I haven’t seen the movie, but the entire book I could picture Matt Damon in this role as I listened to the narration!
  • I’m impressed by Mark’s ingenuity. I know astronauts are chosen and trained as problem-solvers and that’s illustrated in this book. It would be easy to give up and he never did.
  • He figures out how long his food will last, how many calories he needs plus oxygen and water needs and looks at those stats without flinching. He looks at risks and decides what he can manage to do. Even though he is clear-sighted he still makes mistakes.
  • The book reads like a nonfiction book. I’ve heard that the solutions to problems that Mark Watney comes up with are things that would work. That’s amazing!
  • I like the science in this book though I’m not a scientist and don’t understand all the science, but I think Mr. Weir does a good job mixing the science with the personalities of characters and humanity of the book.
  • I like all the problem-solving in the book–plus the obsession by news organizations and the public when they find out Mark is alive. That seems very realistic. I found myself thinking about the millions of dollars spent plus risking the lives of other people to save one person, but that also seems like something we would do, if possible.
  • I thought it was also realistic that not everyone at NASA is on-board with decisions made. And many of the things Mark does are very risky and sometimes don’t go as planned.
  • I think listening to this story made it more realistic and enjoyable. For me this is the perfect audiobook.

Jeers

  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to more books in the future by Andy Weir.
  • I think I especially loved this book, because one of my daughters wanted to be an astronaut and wanted to go to Mars. She was even on a team of kids in third grade who won a competition to make a space suit to go to Mars. They made the spacesuit and created a video to show and explain it They won all the local and regional contests as well as the national contest. The prize was a trip to Space Camp in Alabama. (She isn’t an astronaut today, but she is a plant pathologist–so if she went to Mars she’d be able to diagnose plant diseases there!)

Awards

  • Seiun Award for Best Novel (2015)
  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015)
  • ALA Alex Award (2015)
  • Japanese Booksellers Award Nominee for Translated Fiction (2015)
  • Green Mountain Book Award Nominee (2016)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Audiobook Challenge–hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Sci-Fi Month–hosted by Rinn @ Rinn Reads and Lisa @ Over the Effing Rainbow

Sunday Post: Nov 8

Sunday-PostThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week–home and blog

November already?
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My hibiscus–an indoor plant again

It’s November, but it sure didn’t feel like it most of this week. Our warmest day was Friday and it was almost 80 degrees. Saturday it started out warm, but then the temps dropped to mid-fifties with rain. I’m glad of that. Ready for cooler weather for next week.

It’s been a warm fall here with frost only one night so far this fall. Roses are still blooming outside! I brought my hibiscus inside a couple weeks ago and it has bloomed several times. And my Christmas cactus is blooming already, too–a little early!

Fall cleaning

My husband and I are doing fall cleaning–sorting through things and getting rid of  what we no longer use or need. This week it was sorting through clothes. Always good to lighten the load.

What we’re watching

Elementary is back and we really enjoyed that this week. Also thought Big Bang Theory was very good this week. It was funny and bittersweet–poor Sheldon.

Blog

I completed quite a few posts this week. That was fun! Lots of stuff scheduled next week, too, since Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon begins and Sci-Fi Month continues.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Not a Creature Was Stirring by Jane Haddam

What I read last week

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

Santa 365” by Spencer Quinn (short story)

Library books

Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

E-books

The Providence of Fire by Brian Stavely

City by Clifford D. Simak

Snared by Ed James

Audiobooks

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Internet

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery runs from Thursday 12 Nov until Tuesday 17 Nov. I’m looking forward to reading holiday books and having some holiday fun!

“Our Hopes and Dreams for TV’s Next Trek” from B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

  • CBS TV has announced a new Trek series coming in January 2017. So far there isn’t much information about the series, but the B&N blog post talks about various options for the series.

Next Week–home & blog

Another busy week. We’re continuing to clean out stuff. Lots to do before we leave for Thanksgiving.

Also a busy month with the blog. I’m really enjoying Sci-Fi Month. The book some of us are reading for the Read Along–The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet–is so much fun to read. It’s hard to stop at the end of the week’s reading! And I’m looking forward to the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon and some Christmas reading.

Blog posts

  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • My Sci-fi TBR list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon starts
  • The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Read Along–wk 2
  • Christmas cookie recipe
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?