Battle at the End of Eden

This book is a heart-warming tale of death and destruction- really. It explores the methods required to eradicate invasive species (that's the death and destruction part) and also the motivations for doing so (that's the heart-warming part). It is a well-written and interesting look at what it takes to reverse the damage we do when we bring invasive species to new locations to serve our short term needs.

Author: 

Amanda R. Martinez

Life after Wartime

This collection of short stories is set in a universe in which Earth has colonized the outer planets and moons of our solar system... and fought a war with the colonies. These stories are set after that war, and explore various facets of life, including the aftermath of the war. The universe and characters are believable and feel real, and the stories are inventive.

Of Mice and Me

Mishka Shubaly doesn't think he can be trusted to care for any other living thing. But then he inexplicably decides to rescue a little mouse orphaned by a dog on his sister's property. This book is partly a sweet story of how he cares for the mouse, and partly a story of how the mouse helps him change how he views himself.

Author: 

Mishka Shubaly

Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo

This story about a teenage girl struggling to fit in at a new school is also a beautiful story about learning to accept and cope with grief.

Author: 

Eugie Foster

Navigating the Path to Industry

This book is a concise guide for academics looking for a job in industry, written by a hiring manager (disclosure: that hiring manager is me). It will help job seekers avoid common pitfalls in the job search process, and provides advice on identifying possible career paths, networking, writing a resume and cover letter, and interviewing. Although it was written with academics seeking to change to an industrial career in mind, other people considering career changes are likely to find useful advice in it, as well.

Author: 

M.R. Nelson

Happy Birthday to the Hippo

One year ago, I launched Tungsten Hippo. It was, and still is, a primarily personal project. While I’d love it to eventually be self-supporting, realistically my goal is to have a project I take seriously enough to motivate me to learn new things so that I can make it better, but that is separate enough from my main professional identity that I am not afraid to try things out. It has met these goals perfectly.

Peacemaker

This is another fun and satisfying entry in the Flash Gold series. If you liked the earlier entries (Flash Gold and Hunted), you'll like this one, too. If you've never tried steampunk and are curious about the genre, this is an excellent series to try.

Author: 

Lindsay Buroker

Monk

Set in a universe in which a religious sect has discovered how to transfer a person's soul to a cybernetic monk so that the monk can perform penance for the soul's misdeeds, this story follows the efforts of one monk, whose soul has a particularly heavy penance to perform. It is an intriguing premise, and the story explores themes of the meaning of "self," sentience, and self-determination while also delivering an interesting and engaging plot.

Author: 

Gregg Vann

The Rescuers

Starting with the story of Varian Fry and his often overlooked work rescuing European intellectuals from the Nazis, this book leads the reader through a fascinating meditation on the motivations of rescuers, the morality of their decisions, and the limits of gratitude.

Author: 

Dara Horn

Bad Feminist

This collection of essays ranges from sexism and racism in our culture to an inside look at the world of competitive Scrabble. Some of the essays are laugh out loud funny and others are shatteringly heartbreaking, but they are all well-written and engaging. Gay has a way of cutting right to the heart of her topic, but doing it so effortlessly that you almost don't realize that you're absorbing new insights about the topic.

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