The best of 2008

While I’m thinking of it, here is my best of 2008 (reading, of course):


  • The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Up the Line by Robert Silverberg
  • Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  • Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
  • Cauldron by Jack McDevitt


  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Short fiction

  • "Beggars in Spain" by Nancy Kress
  • "Marrow" by Robert Reed
  • "Empty Spaces" by Michael A. Burstein (mabfan )
  • "I Remember the Future" by Michael A. Burstein
  • "Wake" (Part 1) by Robert J. Sawyer

Special Mention goes to NEW SCIENTIST.  I started reading the magazine in late October and it has quickly become my favorite science magazine.  It’s not as in depth as SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN but it’s got a fun, quirky style to the writing that makes reading it a sheer pleasure.
Subscription I maintain (as of the end of 2008):

Books I’m looking forward to in 2009:

  • We’ll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
  • I Remember the Future by Michael A. Burstein
  • WWW:Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
  • War and Space by Lester Del Rey (edited by shsilver )
  • The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
  • The New Space Opera 2 edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
  • The Year’s Best SF Volume 26 edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Other Spaces, Other Times by Robert Silverberg.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.