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fifth-seasonHugo Nominations: Best Novel

March 22, 2016

I just finished reading N.K. Jemison’s The Fifth Season and that’s the last book published in 2015 that I’ll finish before Hugo nominations are due at the end of the month. In the end, I started 10 eligible novels, but only finished 9 of them. Here’s the list:   Firefight by Brandon Sanderson The Autumn Republic […]

Hugo Nominations, Part I

March 6, 2016

Last weekend, I started entering my Hugo ballot. I’ve currently provided all five available nominations in the following categories: Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) Best Professional Artist Best Fancast I’ve also provided a few nominations for: Best Fan Writer The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo) There are A LOT of […]

house-of-shattered-wingsThe House of Shattered Wings

February 21, 2016

I won a copy of Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings from last year and I had intended to read it before submitting my Hugo nominations at the end of March, but, after reading about a quarter of the novel, I decided to set it aside. This is something that I do very […]

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UX Engineer, Buffalonian, Geek


Hi there! I’m Mike Spencer, User Experience (UX) Engineer at Algonquin in Buffalo, New York where I’m responsible for designing and developing user interfaces for web sites and applications.

In addition to web design, I am very passionate about all things science fiction and fantasy. I especially love reading SFF novels. I also enjoy classic rock, board games, hockey, and Ultimate frisbee.

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What I'm Reading

I love to read, especially works of speculative fiction. As such, I am usually actively reading at least two books. One them is typically a physical novel that I read at home in my free time. I also like to listen to audiobooks during commutes, exercise, and mundane tasks around the house.

Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence, #1)Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence, #1)

By Max Gladstone

Publish date: 2012

Average rating: 3.95

Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)

By Octavia E. Butler

Publish date: 1987

Average rating: 4.11


By Stephen King

Publish date: 2011

Average rating: 4.27