The Hugo Award is just about the biggest award given for Science Fiction writing. The 2012 list of nominees was released this month and I was very pleased to see Leviathan Wakes by James Corey was included.
A difficult book to capture in a quick blurb. It has all the elements of sweeping space opera. Civil wars and space battles. But it also has a beaten down semi-suicidal hard-boiled detective on a missing persons case. Mix in an alien presence that turns humans into zombie like sludge and you have all the elements of a great story.
On the lighter side. If you are a fan of Science Fiction check out Schlock Mercenary an online comic strip. (Use the Forward and Backward buttons on the right hand side to navigate the strip.)