Author Archives : Erin Bales

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: A Review of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.


The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel (2017) Written by: Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland Genre: Science Fantasy Pages: 754 (Kindle) Publisher: William Morrow Why I Chose It: Although I’ve never read anything by Neal Stephenson (I know!) or Nicole Galland, I’ve always had a weakness for both time travel stories and epistolary novels. The premise: From bestselling author…

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The Twelve Days of Spec Fic


Every year on Christmas Eve, my friends and family perform an epic rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” People group up and choose numbers. We have a conductor. It’s loud and ridiculous, and probably the reason this idea popped into my head. So, my friends, come forth and join me in a chorus of “The Twelve Days of Spec…

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The More Things Change: A Review of Persepolis Rising


Persepolis Rising (2017) Written by: James S. A. Corey (pen name used by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 549 (Hardcover) Series: Book Seven of The Expanse Publisher: Orbit Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Orbit for the purpose of review. Why I Chose It: I have read, and loved, all of the…

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Top 10 Spec Fic Actresses For Whom I’m Most Grateful


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled a list of the speculative fiction actresses for whom I’m most grateful, which means I’m pulling from some of my favorite speculative fiction movies, tv shows, and video games for the most talented actresses. So I guess you could say this is also a list of my favorite things, making it double the fun. Really,…

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Christopher Pike and the Bad Final Girl


If I close my eyes, I can still picture it. In fourth grade, my teacher asked us to write a book report and to attach a bookmark featuring a scene from the book. I remember sitting at my desk, pencil poised over the narrow strip of white paper while I waited for inspiration. When it finally came, I drew an…

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