#introduction Hello, I am interested in linguistics, electromagnetics, propulsion and ancient religions. Degrees in law, history, and philosophy. Science Fiction & Fantasy author, freelance lawyer and history teacher. Looking to make some connections and flesh out my RSS reader with interesting sources of articles on the above subjects.
Especially interested in good novels and articles about #colonization, from both a hard science and a wild-speculation or historic perspective.
Consider Children of Time
An arc ship from a poisoned Earth approaches a terraformed world hoping to colonize. An Old Empire sentinel satellite is circling the planet and is warning them off.
This excellent story weaves biology, social interaction and "first contact" science fiction themes with excellent effect.
@Algot I actually just finished Children of Time this week! It was a fantastic story, on all fronts, and the ending was genuinely surprising although in retrospect it shouldn't have been, which is the sign of a great book by my standards.
I've been looking for more books in the vein of Fall of Angels by Modesitt and Dragonsdawn by McCaffrey, but struggling to find modern examples that really dig deep into the process of colonization instead of focusing on military aspects or generation ships.
While there's a definite military slant to Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series beginning with "In the Balance", the twist of the colonization process is, for me, fascinating throughout the series.
@Algot Oh! I enjoy Turtledove's work -- my particular favorite is Give Me Back My Legions! -- but haven't everything of his, and hadn't heard of this series. Thank you, I will eagerly add it to my reading list.
Brin's "Uplift" books explore another side of "colonization".
I think I read "Startide Rising" first.
I'll see if I can remember more. At 72, I have read many books, but don't always remember them!
@JamieEllison Hi welcome :)
Hello and welcome! :)
@JamieEllison I think you're too good for us. ;)
@JamieEllison You appear to be an embodiment of several of my favorite topics in one person. :) Welcome! At the risk of a self plug for one of my short stories, may I suggest the post-colonial SF anthology "We See a Different Frontier" published by The Future Fire: http://press.futurefire.net/p/we-see-different-frontier.html.
@quantumcowboy looks interesting, I will check it out tomorrow, and I hope you continue to find me interesting :) zzznao!
Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.
We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.
"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"
(Participation is, of course, optional)
Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.
Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @email@example.com and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.