Image Credit: PHOTO by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash.
QUOTE from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Hosted by One More

While I really, really want to share a photo of these books with you guys, I have no internet and spotty cell phone reception at my home, so at least scheduling this post means I know it will go up and I’ll get to share an awesome series with you guys.

On Friday I talked about my first sci-fi read and how it got me into the genre. While that’s true, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with sci-fi quite so thoroughly if not for this series.


Tanya Huff’s Confederation series.

I was just off a Babylon 5 rewatch binge and was craving more sci-fi. I’d had Valor’s Choice sitting on my shelf, intimidating me, for I don’t know how long. So, without expecting much, I gave it a go. And wound up with not only my favorite sci-fi series, one of my favorite authors.

This is a sci-fi series with one of the big reasons I love sci-fi: aliens. It always makes me so happy when sci-fi isn’t just humans running around – though I also dearly love humans running around on other worlds – and this series has a lot of aliens in it. Some are friends and some are foes and they all have their own culture and beliefs.

Synopsis from Valor’s Choice

In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation – at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war… — Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and those in her platoon who’d survived the last deadly encounter with the Others were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be “easy” duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything.

At first it seemed that all she’d have to contend with was bored troops getting into mischief, and breaking in the new Second Lieutenant who had been given command of her men.

Sure, there’d been rumors of the Others – the sworn enemies of the Confederation – being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others either attacked or claimed this lizardlike race of warriors for their own side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly…

4 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month: Photo Challenge #4: Favorite Sci-Fi Series

    1. I totally recommend this series. I adore Huff’s writing and the world building/characters in this series are just great! (And I do think these are some of the best developed aliens in a sci-fi book. Though I just might be biased.)


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