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Two Hugo Finalists Trying to Turn Silver to Gold

The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.


Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning

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Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.

This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.



Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.

Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.




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War Veteran Wins Award for Book on Pros and Cons of Military Technology

Paul Scharre, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and current director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote the nonfiction book Army of None, and it just won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby.


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According to US News, who announced this stunning development., the Colby prize is “given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont” and “is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs”.

Scharre’s work fit the bill quite perfect. The book aims to inform us, the public, of the benefits and the drawbacks against the growing technology used in the military with a focus on autonomous weapons.


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“The era of autonomous weapons has arrived,” the book’s description reads, and it leads to a million-and-three questions. What can they do? Have we tried to ban them? What has resulted from those bans? What are the legal issue surrounded their use? What about the ethical issues?

Paul Scharre’s book is comprehensive read that follows his investigation into autonomous weapons. It’s is a history book that spans back to World War II, a report that presents the facts as they exist today in our modern world, and gets philosophical with its legal and ethical questions.


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And who better to speak on these issues than Paul Scharre? A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He been on programs such as MSNBC to Fox News to CNN.

We congratulate him for his award and we invite you to read it, but we warn you it’s not an easy read.

Not because it utilizes complex and lofty language, but because, like it or not, the future is here.

For a supplementary material, there’s a video below:




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