BOOK REVIEW: Interstellar Empire, by John Brunner

Once upon a time, there was an Empire that ruled over the Galaxy. That Empire is now fading into myth, with only scattered pockets of civilisation remaining. But while the Empire may have fallen, humanity endures, even as it falls back on old and dangerous habits . . . Today would have been John Brunner’sContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Interstellar Empire, by John Brunner”

BOOK REVIEW: Saviour of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell

Commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to action once again. His deeds are legendary, but can even the magnificent Cain stand against the multitude of the Imperium’s enemies? With orks, tyranids, and tau aplenty, there’s never been a worse time to be a coward . . . Reviewing a lengthy series is a difficult proposition. If you’veContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Saviour of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell”

BOOK REVIEW: The Best of Kuttner 1

Back in the day, science fiction was almost entirely ruled by the magazine industry. Names like Astounding, Amazing Stories, and Analog are but the alphabetical tip of the iceberg here. If you wanted to take a shot at science fiction writing, submitting to these magazines was the best bet. Editors such as John W. CampbellContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Best of Kuttner 1”

BOOK REVIEW: End As A Hero, by Keith Laumer

In the deepest reaches of uncharted space, an ancient force has awoken. Known as the Gool, this force reaches into the minds of passing spacefarers. All those who suffer from its touch are driven utterly made. All save one . . . At only a hundred and fifty pages, the content of the book itselfContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: End As A Hero, by Keith Laumer”

BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

There is a man who wanders the world with disaster and death following in his wake. This man can easily be recognised by his many tattoos. Tattoos that move and change. Tattoos that each have their own story . . . Let me put this up front. There are short story collections, anthologies, and fix-ups.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: The Albion Initiative, by George Mann

Queen Victoria has moved against the Secret Service, believing them to be a threat to the Empire. Caught in the madness, Newbury and Hobbes must face one final battle against the dark forces at the heart of the establishment. At stake, the future of the British Empire . . . Genre fiction has an unfortunateContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Albion Initiative, by George Mann”

BOOK REVIEW: Defender of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain is a name known throughout the Imperium. He is a commissar. A warrior. A hero. But behind the legend lies a man. Here in his own words, is the continued story of self-professed coward Ciaphas Cain . . . The first Ciaphas Cain omnibus, Hero of the Imperium, marked the end of myContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Defender of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell”

BOOK REVIEW: Double Star, by Robert Heinlein

When a stranger in a bar offers him a job, down-on-his-luck actor Lorenzo expects to make a little money. But when that job turns out to involve impersonating the most famous politician in the solar system, Lorenzo can’t help but wonder if this will be the last job he ever takes . . . WhenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Double Star, by Robert Heinlein”

BOOK REVIEW: Nova, by Samuel R. Delany

Lorq Von Ray is man with a singular goal: To fly his ship through the heart of a supernova. To achieve this dream he must gather a crew of unlikely allies, and fight an old enemy. But even among the stars, no man can escape his past . . . I primarily knew of SamuelContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Nova, by Samuel R. Delany”


August has raced by in a blur, bringing an end to a summer of reading. House renovations are ongoing, but it’s all looking good for an expanded library. With any luck I’ll be ready to restock the shelves by the end of September, though nothing is set in stone. Anyway, on with roundup. BOOK HAULContinue reading “MONTHLY ROUNDUP: August 2022”