McDevitt, Jack. The Devil’s Eye.

NY: Ace, 2008.

This is the fourth in McDevitt’s SF adventure series featuring antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot and sidekick, Chase Kolpath (who seems to have taken over duties as the narrator), and it isn’t quite as good as the first three, in my opinion.


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Taylor, Jodi. Lies, Damned Lies, and History.

Abercynon, UK: Accent Press, 2016.

This is the seventh in the best time-travel series around and it’s still going strong. Max Maxwell, the POV character, is back now to being Chief Operations Officer at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, and she has her hands full as usual, trying to plan investigative missions so as to cause the least possible damage to the participants.


Taylor, Jodi. Doing Time.

London: Headline, 2019.

Woo-hoo! Jodi Taylor is starting a new time travel series! This one is a direct spin-off of her very enjoyable “Chronicles of St. Mary’s” and it’s about the Time Police who were introduced about halfway through that first series.But I suggest you not start it until you’ve finished the ten volumes about the adve ntures of the historians of St. Mary’s Historical Institute because the new book is set after all of those. (more…)

Bujold, Lois McMaster. Falling Free.

NY: Baen Books, 1988.

I got hooked on the saga of Miles Vorkosigan and his family a decade ago and worked my way through the whole series in order, and enjoyed them all. But somehow I overlooked this sort-of prequel. I say “sort-of” because it’s set two centuries before the time of Aral and Cordelia, much less their son, and the world of Barrayar is never even mentioned.


Taylor, Jodi. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Abercyon, UK: Accent Press, 2015.

This is the sixth outing for the crew of historians at St. Mary’s Institute, in one of the best time-travel adventure series ever conceived, and the theme is stated explicitly in the title — because anything that can go wrong does. Max had some necessary knee surgery done and isn’t very mobile at the moment, so she and Peterson have swapped jobs for awhile and she’s now the Chief Training Officer.


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McDevitt, Jack. Seeker.

NY: Ace Books, 2005.

McDevitt is, generally, one of our more reliable SF authors, and his far-future “Alex Benedict” series is some of his best work. Alex is a dealer in antiquities out on Rimway, at the edge of human-inhabited space — he’s emphatically not an archaeologist, which regularly gets him sneered at by the academics.


Kowal, Mary Robinette. The Calculating Stars.

NY: Tor, 2018.

Suppose Thomas Dewey beat Truman in the Election of 1948, and suppose President Dewey was much more willing to throw money at the nascent space program. And then suppose an asteroid smacked into the Earth just off Chesapeake Bay and obliterated the eastern seaboard, including Washington, D.C. and the entire American government, leaving the Secretary of Agriculture (who was on a Midwestern farm tour) as the new president. (more…)

Taylor, Jodi. No Time Like the Past.

Abercyon, UK: Accent Press, 2015.

This is the fifth book in the marvelous series about the time-traveling historians of St. Mary’s Institute, as seen mostly from the perspective of Dr. Madeleine Maxwell, Chief of Operations. St. Mary’s barely survived being besieged by the Time Police but now they’ve mostly rebuilt themselves and the History Department is back in business.


Varley, John. The Persistence of Vision.

NY: Ace Books, 1978.

John Varley has been one of the best writers of science-oriented science fiction for more than forty years (in the opinion of most of his peers, too), though he’s not necessarily one of the best-known — his half-dozen Hugos and Nebulas notwithstanding. If you haven’t read The Ophiuchi Hotline or Steel Beach, the best novels set in his “Eight Worlds” future, you’ve really missed out.


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Taylor, Jodi. A Trail Through Time.

Abercyon, UK: Accent Press, 2013.

I first began reading this first-rate time travel series a few years ago, and I got through the first three volumes (reviews of which may be found at this site), but then I got sidetracked by circumstances. Now I’ve resumed the adventure with the fourth episode — having first gone back and re-read the first three, to remind myself of who’s who and what’s been going on