THE WISHLIST: Revisited

A year and a half ago, I made two posts in which I added authors to a wishlist. Unlike some people I know, I don’t count a book as being on my TBR unless I actually own it. The wishlist represents books and authors that I want to read, but don’t currently own. The firstContinue reading “THE WISHLIST: Revisited”

MILITARY SF: Is It Worth A Shot?

Introduction Military Science Fiction, sometimes called MilSF but hereafter referred to as Military SF, is a genre that comes loaded with assumptions. In terms of the wider SF community, Military SF often ends up relegated to a niche, where few people from outside enter, and those within are regarded with some suspicion. Military SF hasContinue reading “MILITARY SF: Is It Worth A Shot?”

TBR & BEYOND: June 2022

As we hurtle towards the half-way point of the year, it’s time to re-examine our TBR stacks and decide what to read in the month of June. I’m making good progress on my various reading goals, so this month I might shake things up a little. Let’s talk TBR. TBR Aw, look at the poorContinue reading “TBR & BEYOND: June 2022”

MONTHLY ROUNDUP: May 2022

What a month it’s been. May was a good month both for general reading and the blog more specifically. I’ve had a record amount of posts, and a record number of views. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get straight to it. BOOK HAUL I bought a couple of books this month, butContinue reading “MONTHLY ROUNDUP: May 2022”

Online Communities: More Harm Than Good?

There is one great joy that all fans of science fiction should get to experience at least once, and that is meeting someone with the same taste in genre as you. But science fiction is, no matter what the success of certain blockbuster films may have lead you to expect, quite a small niche. It’sContinue reading “Online Communities: More Harm Than Good?”

HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd

What Is Hard Science Fiction? You can’t have science fiction without science. It’s right there in the name, and even the loosest, goosiest approach to the genre still has some science in it. Star Wars might be full of space wizards, but it also has robots. Even the much maligned (by me) science fantasy, retainsContinue reading “HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd”

GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?

Ask the average person on the street ‘What is Grimdark?’ and you’re likely to get a blank stare. Why? Because genre labels rarely escape the confines of their hardcore fanbase. Ask the same person the difference between Science Fantasy and Space Opera, and that blank stare will continue. Or they’ll awkwardly shuffle off. One ofContinue reading “GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?”

EMPIRES OF SCIENCE FICTION: The Failed States of Warhammer 40,000

This article, in addition to being part of my 2022 WarhamMarch series, also serves as a teaser for a series of articles I’ll be writing later in the year. Keep an eye out for more EMPIRES OF SCIENNCE FICTION in the near future. Introduction Warhammer 40,000 is a tabletop wargame in which armies of aContinue reading “EMPIRES OF SCIENCE FICTION: The Failed States of Warhammer 40,000”

Warhammer 40,000 Is Every Genre, And That Is Why It Works

Genre is a funny thing. It’s essentially a way of breaking media down into different characters. It’s something I could spend hours talking about. But it also doesn’t really exist. The obsession with categorising everything we read feels like a very modern concern. After all, back in the day the pulp magazines published Horror, Fantasy,Continue reading “Warhammer 40,000 Is Every Genre, And That Is Why It Works”