Sterngard Friegen wrote:The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.
I wrote to one of our other Fogbowzer SciFi fans today in a PM and said this:Just finished it.
It's not about climate, climate deniers, and big business; or is it? Well, it is about the last. And also about the importance of peer review in the scientific community.
It's well worth pushing to the top of your list.
Also filled with a lot of Scalzi humor with some echoes of Heinlein.
It will be a Hugo nominee -- assuming the new nomination system works.
I'm looking forward to a sequel.
I pretty much have liked everything Scalzi has written, except Redshirts -- ugh. And anybody who sticks it to the abominable "Vox Day" is a hero in my book.
I enjoyed Collapsing Empire. And my copy has "Book 1" on the spine, so I'd guess that you've got reasonable hope for a sequel.
I found Redshirts to be a tremendously rewarding read, but that was almost entirely because it helped me get a better grip on some concepts related to my current major legal research project. As a book, I wouldn't give it an "ugh," but I definitely wouldn't give it more than a "meh." The incorporation of the author into the story felt a little Mary Jane-y, and the use of "Coda" and "Coda II" for the later sections felt like an awkward and unnecessary shour-out to Heinlein's Time Enough for Love (which I really have to get around to re-reading one of these days).
I've been reading my way through some of the more recent books in the 1632 series, but (for various reasons) it's starting to feel more like work, so I'm looking to shift once I get through my current read (1635: The Papal Stakes).
I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any. Or I could just go browse at Forbidden Planet on my lunch break.