Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021

2020 was a rough year for most, but definitely for science fiction. A lot of industries ground to a halt, meaning that many of this year’s expected releases have been ushed back to 2021. On the plus side, that means next year is going to be absolutely packed with science fiction goodies. Here’s just aContinue reading “Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021”

FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost

  Last year, a friend shared a link to a song. “Carmen Miranda’s ghost,” the song began, “is haunting Space Station Three.” The quality was terrible, having originally been recorded from damaged cassette tape, but I was intrigued. When the playlist revealed an entire album of these weird songs, I was immediately hooked. The albumContinue reading “FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost”

BOUNDY AWARDS 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been quite a remarkable year. Most of the news has been on the negative end of the spectrum, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that. But while we have all been trapped indoors as a result of society collapsing around us, we’veContinue reading “BOUNDY AWARDS 2020”

AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin

Series: The War Master (#5) Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Big Finish Runtime: 4hrs 31m Release Date: 31/10/2020 Cast: Derek Jacobi, Paul McGann, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Colin McFarlane, et al. Verdict: 5/5   The Master and the Doctor. Two of the Time Lord’s most infamous sons, and two of history’s greatest rivals. At the height ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin”

BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Tor Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 825 Publication Date: 15/09/2020 Verdict: 3/5 As humanity expands into the universe, it finds evidence that it is not alone. Nor is it the first species to come this far. First contact leads to a galactic war, and one woman finds herself caught in the middle of eventsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini”

AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe

  Label: Independently Released Genre: Steampunk/Caberet/Soul Tracks: 12 Runtime: 50 minutes Release Date: 09/11/2020 Verdict: 4/5 How does one explain Steam Powered Giraffe to the uninitiated? On the one hand, they’re a group of family and friends who make catchy tunes about random things. On the other, they are a trio of steam-powered robots reprurposedContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe”

AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera

Genre: Science Fantasy/Hippiepunk Runtime: 1hr 37mins Cast: Paul Shapera, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Hayley Warner, Jessica Singer, Jessica Law, Lauren Osborn, Marjolein Nijsten Verdict: 4/5   A thematic successor to Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower takes place in the halcyon days of New Albion,Continue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Mainframe Runtime: 3hrs 24mins Narrator: Julia Whelan Release Date: 14/09/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Holly Winseed wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband is dead, and that she was the killer. Or at least, her original was. The new Holly is a clone, and now has only days to bringContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal”

AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Black Library Runtime: 61 minutes Cast: Kelly Hotton, Emma Noakes, Paul Putner, Jon Rand, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner Release Date: 08/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Baggit and Clodde, two abhuman former guardsmen, now make their living as petty criminals in the great city of Varangantua. When a deal goes wrong, theyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley”

AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn

-This review contains some minor spoilers. Proceed with caution- Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Penguin Runtime: 5hrs 35m Release Date: 21/07/2020 Cast: Emily Woo Zeller, Jonathan Davies, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Sean Kenin, Nicole Lewis, Carol Monda, Euan Morton, Catherine Taber, Marc Thompson Verdict: 5/5 Dr Chelli Lona Aphra is used to living dangerously. After all, theContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn”