Tuesday, April 2

Reading: Caliban's War, James S.A. Corey. Second volume of The Expanse. Essentially popcorn fiction, not without its flaws, but exactly the kind of actiony system-scale space opera I have been seeking for a while. Space marines, space battles, asteroid habitats, gunfights, powered battle armor, implausible last-minute escapes, interplanetary politics, etc. Morally kind of iffy at points, but thankfully not sophisticated enough to be especially nihilistic in tone. Clearly grounded in a number of the legitimate concerns of the genre (long-term survival of the species, rocket ships). I was afraid nobody was writing this kind of thing any more. Recommended.