Saturday, 31 March 2012

Not Just For Stormtroopers: Sci-Fi Group Read #4

I will admit, I nearly took the poll down this month as I was not excited about the choices myself. I'd wanted to try and tackle something that was actually set in space so asked around for some suggestions. But, part of this challenge is to try and read outside our comfort zones so that should really apply to me too! So please join me in April in reading Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three. It has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award this year so you'll be able to join in the discussions on whether it deserves to be there too.

A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination - unknown. Its purpose? A mystery. Its history? Lost. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home, a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms, he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger. All he has are questions: Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to the woman he loved? What happened to Hull 03?


  1. I'm in too minds about this one. I like Greg Bear but I am trying not to buy any books this month. Am thinking of reading Empire State by Adam Christopher instead.

  2. Looks like this is a very recent book? My library (system) doesn't have it, otherwise I would have join in. :-(

  3. I really wanted to read this book (and voted for it on your poll) but I'm a little bit apprehensive after Christopher Priest's (of The Prestige fame) rant against the Clarke awards this year. He particularly had some harsh words for Hull Zero Three - which oddly enough makes me want to read it more...mayhaps just to be able to weigh in with my own opinion.

    His controversial rant:

    Catherine M. Valente's interesting response:

    1. I got the gist of that in Twitter but I've no interest in reading it it. Too many people have been saying controversial things online just to provoke a response. Maybe it's not the best the genre has to offer but we can make our own opinions. The book was a recommendation from people that read sci-fi and there are lots that enjoyed it. I was not put off by that just that none of the based in space titles appealed to me when I set the poll.


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