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liliths-broodI Need to Talk About Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis

July 7, 2016

FYI: This article will contain spoilers. I picked up Dawn, the first book in the Xenogensis series by Octavia Butler, during an Audible sale. I didn’t know much about it other than that it was a highly praised first encounter story by a highly praised SF author. I started listening with an open mind and I was immediately […]

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 […]

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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.

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)

By Brent Weeks

Publish date: 2012

Average rating: 4.45


By Naomi Novik

Publish date: 2015

Average rating: 4.14


By Stephen King

Publish date: 2011

Average rating: 4.27