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the-foldThe Fold

October 6, 2015

I picked up The Fold by Peter Clines at the library on something of a whim. I was scanning through the new books section, because I wanted to read something published in 2015 as part of my ongoing Hugo Awards quest. Several novels caught my interest, but, for some reason, I gravitated to The Fold even though […]

the-martianThe Martian

October 4, 2015

Just a quick note today. Last night, I went to see The Martian. It was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone. You certainly wouldn’t have to be a science fiction fan to like the movie. However, if you are a science fiction fan, I think the movie will be that much more enjoyable. […]

grace-of-kingsThe Grace of Kings

October 2, 2015

I finished reading The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu recently and I’ve found myself thinking about it on and off ever since. I’ve been trying to figure out how I felt about it and, ultimately, I think I can say that it wasn’t my favorite novel, but I will certainly acknowledge that it’s different from any […]

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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 Master and MargaritaThe Master and Margarita

By Mikhail Bulgakov

Publish date: 1966

Average rating: 4.34

The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #2)The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #2)

By Brian Staveley

Publish date: 2015

Average rating: 4.23

The Jack Vance TreasuryThe Jack Vance Treasury

By Jack Vance

Publish date: 2007

Average rating: 4.15