BOOK REVIEW: Empire of the Atom, by A.E. Van Vogt

Publisher: New English Library Series: Empire of the Atom (#1) Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Pages: 155 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 5/5 Clane is a mutant, the abomination son of Earth's Lord Protector. But though his body is twisted, his mind may be the greatest humanity has ever known . . . This is a difficult book to … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Empire of the Atom, by A.E. Van Vogt

BOOK REVIEW: Atlas Alone, by Emma Newman

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Planetfall (#4) Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Pages: 306 Publication Date: 18/04/19 Verdict: 5/5 Earth is gone, destroyed in a nuclear apocalypse. But on the ship carrying the last survivors of humanity, not all grudges died with the past . . . Emma Newman's Planetfall quartet (though I strongly suspect there are more books to … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Atlas Alone, by Emma Newman

BOOK REVIEW: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein

Publisher: Hodder Genre: Dystopian Pages: 408 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 3/5 The Moon works hard, and Earth takes the fruit of that labour. Not all are happy with this arrangement, and some even seek to change it ... This is a multi-award winning book. That, however, doesn't mean I'm going to enjoy it. What earns … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein

THE EDGELORD PROBLEM: What is it, and how do we fix it?

I've written previously on the problems with including evil characters in a group dynamic. Today's article is something a follow-up to that, spurred by a recent discussion with my regular RPG group. And the issue I'll be focusing on is the problem of the Edgelord character type.  Two things first. One, my RPg experience tends to … Continue reading THE EDGELORD PROBLEM: What is it, and how do we fix it?

BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

Publisher: Baen Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Series: Manticore Ascendant (#1) Pages: 508 Publication Date: 14/10/14 Verdict: 4/5   Travis Long has chosen a bad time to join the military. Not only are there threats from other empires, but some in the Manticore Star Kingdom don't want a military at all...   When it comes to … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A Call To Duty, by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

BOOK REVIEW: Walking To Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Solaris Genre: Cosmic Horror Pages: 144 Published: 30/05/19 Verdict: 4/5   Gary Rendell is lost in an alien labyrinth. he's lost the exit, his friends, and quite possibly his mind... I'm not really a fan of horror. Don't get me wrong, a spooky story around a campfire is exactly my idea of a good … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Walking To Aldebaran, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos

-This is a review of the entire Frontlines series. As such it contains minor spoilers for all books. Proceed with caution- Publisher: 47North Genre: Military SF Books: 6 Published: 2013-2018 Verdict: 5/5   Humanity is expanding into space, settling dozens of new worlds. Unfortunately, we're not the only ones who want them... The best military SF is … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos