BOOK REVIEW: Pariah, by Jamie Sawyer

Publisher: Orbit Series: The Eternity War (#1) Genre: Military SF Pages: 439 Publication Date: 28/09/2017 Verdict: 5/5   The Krell war is over, but that doesn’t mean the Alliance is at peace. A terrorist group calling themselves the Black Spiral are spreading anarchy through human space. Their leadership and end goals remain a mystery, butContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Pariah, by Jamie Sawyer”

BOOK REVIEW: Doomsday Morning, by C. L. Moore

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Dystopian SF Pages: 248 Publication Date: 10/01/2019 (originally 1957) Verdict: 3/5 In the wake of a nuclear war, the United States have been reborn under Comus. Once a communications service, now a tyrannical police state, Comus is held together by a single man: Its creator, Andrew Raleigh. Life under ComusContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Doomsday Morning, by C. L. Moore”

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”