THINKING AHEAD: The Stories I Want To Tell

It’s been over a month since I wrote anything of real significance. That’s fine, work gets in the way of things. Annoying, but still. A month away from writing has given me plenty of time to think about the stories I want to tell. The thing that keeps coming back to me is that I wantContinue reading “THINKING AHEAD: The Stories I Want To Tell”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Broken Cyborg, by Paul Shapera

Series: Fairypunk (#2) Genre: Biopunk Runtime: 1hr 12mins Cast: Liel Bar-Z, Psyche Corporation, Vivian Moonic, Paul Shapera, Lauren Osborn, Adrienne Byrne Verdict: 5/5   There are two ways to listen to a Paul Shapera album. One is to just sit back and enjoy the music, the other is to work your way through the increasinglyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Broken Cyborg, by Paul Shapera”

BOOK REVIEW: Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu

Publisher: Head of Zeus Series: Standalone Genre: Various Pages: 479 Publication Date: 19/02/19 Verdict: 5/5   Sixteen short stories from Chinese SF, translated and collected by Ken Liu   Between Clarkesworld, Tor and Head of Zeus, there’s never been a better time for an English-speaking reader to get into Chinese SF than now. Cixin Liu’s RemembranceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu”

BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction, Volume 2, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#2) Genre: Various Pages: 325 Publication Date: 29/01/19 Verdict: 4.75/5   Sixteen more stories from one of SF’s modern greats.   As with Volume 1, this a series of short stories and novellas, each with an accompanying introduction from Anderson himself. Most of these are solo efforts,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction, Volume 2, by Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Hard SF Pages: 177 Publication Date: 07/02/19 (originally 1955) Verdict: 4/5   In the twenty-second century, Man has colonised the Moon. Tensions between Earth and the colonies are rising, with many believing that all-out war is inevitable. Earth claims that the colonies are dependent on it for population growth. TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke”

BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#1) Genre: Various Pages: 369 Publication Date: 14/08/18 Verdict: 4.75/5   A collection of short stories and novellas from over forty years of Anderson’s writing. Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers in modern science fiction. With well over a hundred books spanning Dune, Star Wars, TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: One Way, by S. J. Morden

  Publisher: Gollancz Series: One Way (#1) Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Murder Mystery Pages: 330 Publication Date: 23/08/18 Verdict: 3/5   In 2048, a team is sent to establish a permanent base on Mars. But these are not trained astronauts. To save money, the XO company have sent a group of criminals to the red planet. EachContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: One Way, by S. J. Morden”

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Captain, by Alastair Reynolds

-This review conatins spoilers for Revenger. Proceed with caution.- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Revenger (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 422 Release Date: 10/01/2019 Verdict: 4.5/5   In the rubble of our solar system, it’s every man and woman for themselves. Sunjammers ply their dubious trade between thousands of tiny worlds, their solar sails carrying through the ruinsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Captain, by Alastair Reynolds”

BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Lensman (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 269 Publication Date: 09/01/19 (originally 1950) Verdict: 2/5   In the distant future, the Galaxy is defended and protected by the Lensmen. The pirates of Boskone have been growing in threat for years. But when a ruthless new leader emerges, their predation spills over into activeContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith”

BOOK REVIEW: The Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Hard SF Pages: 225 Publication Date: 09/01/19 (originally 1951) Verdict: 3/5   In the early 21st Century, humanity has reached Mars. Science Fiction author Martin Gibson has received special permission to travel to the red planet, to document the lifestyle of the colonists and to promote further investment. NotContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke”