BOOK REVIEW: Fury, by Henry Kuttner

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Dystopian SF Pages: 212 Publication Date: 10/01/2019 (originally 1950) Verdict: 4/5 Earth is gone, and the remnants of the human race have retreated to Venus. Confined to domed cities beneath the Venusian oceans and ruled over by genetically enhanced Immortals, humanity is trapped in a state of decline. Stagnation. SamContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Fury, by Henry Kuttner”

BOOK REVIEW: Star Destroyers

Publisher: Baen Editors: Tony Daniel & Christopher Ruocchio Genre: Military SF/Space Opera Pages: 328 Publication Date: 2018 Verdict: 3.5/5 ‘Big Ships. Blowing Things Up’ The thing with Baen is that you always know what you’re getting. They’ve really cornered the market in action-filled Space Opera and Military SF, almost always wrapped up in a mind-bogglingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Star Destroyers”

TV REVIEW: Travelers, Season 3

-This article contains spoilers for Seasons 1 & 2- Seasons: 3 Broadcaster: Netflix Genre: Time Travel Verdict: 3.5/5 In the 25th century, humanity is on the brink of extinction. War, disease and climate change have taken their toll, and the future looks bleak. The Director, the AI that guides humanity, has a plan to saveContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Travelers, Season 3”

BOOK REVIEW: Thin Air, by Richard Morgan

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: SF Noir/Political Thriller Pages: 528 Publication Date: 25/10/2018 Verdict: 3/5   In the not-too-distant future, Earth has colonised Mars. But not all is well between these two neighbours. Hakan Veil is a genetically engineered human weapon, stuck on Mars and short on funds. Coerced into helping an Earth audit ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Thin Air, by Richard Morgan”

HOW ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?: Evil Characters and the Group Dynamic

-This article contains spoilers for Knights of the Old Republic and Dark Matter– One of my chief hobbies outside of reading and watching TV is role-playing games. In particular, I enjoy running them for other people. One discussion that recently came up in my regular group regarded the nature of evil characters, and why IContinue reading “HOW ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?: Evil Characters and the Group Dynamic”

PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019

Another year approaches, bringing with it a buffet of science fictional delights. Here are some that I’m particularly looking forward to. January 10 The Shadow Captain – Alastair Campbell I have a rocky relationship with Campbell’s writing, but this sequel to Revenger already has me intrigued. January 12 The Anarch – Dan Abnett The fifteenthContinue reading “PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019”

BOOK REVIEW: Impulse, by Dave Bara

Publisher: Del Rey Series: Lightship (#1) Genre: Military SF/Space Opera Pages: 372 Publication Date: 2015 Centuries after a devastating war, humanity is starting to rebuild civilisation. Peter Cochrane, a young nobleman fresh from the naval academy, has been assigned to the ship that recently lost some of its crew, including his own girlfriend. Searching forContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Impulse, by Dave Bara”

CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY

Here’s the thing: A good story is a good story, regardless of context. That’s why you can enjoy a Lovecraft story without being a frothing-at-the-mouth, anti-semitic, homophobic racist. But this opinion piece isn’t about the separation of art from artist, that’s for another time. Today I want to talk about canon. The 2015 release ofContinue reading “CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY”

BOOK REVIEW: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Military SF Publication Date: 1974 Verdict: 4/5 The year is 1997, and Earth is waging war against the Taurans. With the war happening across vast interstellar distances, Einstein’s laws of general relativity mean that for every month the soldiers spend on the front lines, years pass by back on Earth. William MandellaContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman”