New sci-fi and science reads for June

Lots of sci-fi to choose from this month, especially if you’re into near-future settings, virtual reality, and thrillers or mysteries. And we even have a couple of fantasy interlopers joining us!

Green Valley by Louis Greenberg
Inhabitants of Green Valley live in a completely virtual world, even though digital technology has been banned in the rest of their city. An interesting premise for this near-future sci-fi thriller.

The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey
More near-future sci-fi mystery from an author whose writing style has been compared to Michael Crichton. In a world ruled by algorithms and AI, can virtual reality be used to solve crimes?

Fall, or dodge in hell by Neal Stephenson
When I read the blurb for this, I thought hmm… that sounds a lot like Hector Tren-Hump in Dead Reckoning 🙂 Wealthy businessman ends up in a virtual afterlife, angels and demons… Stephenson’s book sounds like an entertaining–if overly long–read. Dead Reckoning? Entertaining, only 53 pages, and with a much better cover!

Transformation Protocol, Joe Ballen Book 3 by David M. Kelly
And while I’m in shameless self-promotion mode 🙂 , the adventures of Joe Ballen continue in book three of the series. This installment finds Joe in a pretty dark place, but rest assured, the Ballen sarcasm is safely intact.

One Giant Leap: the impossible mission that flew us to the moon by Charles Fishman
Another month, another moon landing title. And that’s no bad thing as far as I’m concerned. This one takes the focus beyond the astronauts to look at the people working in the research labs and factories as well as the wider political world.

Smoke & mirrors (Nite fire no. 3) by C.L. Schneider
Just out, the third book in this popular urban fantasy series follows detective Dahlia Knight as she juggles a life caught between human and supernatural worlds. Great characters and lots of action give this book a wide appeal.

The Ice at the End of the World: an epic journey into Greenland’s buried past and our perilous future by Jon Gertner.
Certainly not light reading, but an important look at Greenland’s ice sheet, past and present, from a scientific point of view, and what it can tell us about future climate developments. The author’s previous title, The Idea Factory, also sounds like an interesting read.

Reecah’s Flight, Legends of the Lurker book 1 by Richard H. Stephens
A series debut, available on June 18, this epic fantasy novel follows feisty Reecah in her battle to protect the dragons, accompanied by her faithful raven companion. Emotion, action and intrigue in this well-written tale. Book 2 is slated for release later this year.

Enjoy your summer reading!

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