BOOK REVIEW: Spaceside, by Michael Mammay

-Major spoilers for Panetside- Publisher: HarperVoyager Series: Planetside (#2) Genre: Military SF Pages: 347 Publication Date: 05/09/2019 Verdict: 5/5   Carl Butler is a war hero, the man who did what no one else was willing to do. Carl Butler is a war criminal, the man who committed an act of genocide on an unparalleledContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Spaceside, by Michael Mammay”

BOOK REVIEW: Ashes of Victory, by David Weber

-Major spoilers abound for previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#9) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 645 Publication Date: 2000 Verdict: 4/5 The war between Manticore and Haven drags on, with both sides nearing breaking point. With the return of the legendary HonorContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ashes of Victory, by David Weber”

BOOK REVIEW: The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the Foundation universe. A full index of novels can be found here– Publisher: Panther Genre: Time Travel Pages: 191 Publication Date: 1955 Verdict: 4/5 Eternity exists in all times and beyond time. A society of intellectuals sworn to the preservation of the human race. But when you can manipulate reality, how can any manContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov”

ISAAC ASIMOV: 100 Years of Genius

I remember where I first encountered Asimov, but not when. I’m certain I was still in primary school, so i can’t have been older than ten, but that’s about it. As to the where, it was Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-On-Wye, the second-hand book capital of the world. Lost in a cellar filled with thousandsContinue reading “ISAAC ASIMOV: 100 Years of Genius”

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Upcoming SF in 2020

As we head into the futuristic space year 2020, it’s time to look ahead at what sort of SF we’re going to be treated to. This list is by no means comprehensive, as I’m not the omniscient superbeing I’d like to be. But here’s a sampling of what we can look forward to. All datesContinue reading “THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Upcoming SF in 2020”

BOOK REVIEW: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson

-Spoilers for Skyward, and mild spoilers for Starsight- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Skyward (2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 457 Publication Date: 28/11/2019 Verdict: 5/5 Spensa has uncovered the truth. That the aliens who assault her world are in fact jailers with all of humanity as their prisoners. When an opportunity presents itself to infiltrate the enemyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Double Eagle, by Dan Abnett

-Potential spoilers for the early Gaunt’s Ghosts novels- Publisher: Black Library Genre: Military SF Pages: 428 Publication Date: 2004 Verdict: 5/5 The Phantine XX are the Imperial Army’s elite flight unit. But even they cannot hope to stand against the forces of Chaos for long. Fortunately, they are not alone. Unfortunately, neither are the enemy.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Double Eagle, by Dan Abnett”

BOOK REVIEW: Echoes of Honor, by David Weber

-Major spoilers abound for previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#8) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 718 Publication Date: 1999 Verdict: 4/5   Honor Harrington is dead. Executed by the People’s Republic of Haven for her pre-war crimes. Or so they would haveContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Echoes of Honor, by David Weber”

Boundy Awards 2019

Today marks a full year since I started this blog. While there have been times it felt more like a chore than a hobby, overall it’s been fun. It’s brought me into conversation with both creators and fans from across the SF community, and I know at least one person has picked up a bookContinue reading “Boundy Awards 2019”

10 Guidelines For Better RPGs

I’ve been thinking a lot about RPGs lately. As well as running two Stars Without Number groups (more on that in the future), I’m also planning a D&D5E, Call of Cthulhu and potentially more campaigns. Despite the variety of systems I’ve experimented with over the years (reading manuals since 2008, and GMing properly since 2013)Continue reading “10 Guidelines For Better RPGs”