BOOK REVIEW: Kobayashi Maru, by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels

-Click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews- Era: Enterprise Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 475 Publication Date: 2008 Verdict: 5/5 The Romulan Star Empire wages a secret war against the nascent Coalition of Planets. Haunted by piracy and split by hidden agendas, the Coalition may be over … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Kobayashi Maru, by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels

BOOK REVIEW: Full Circle, by Kirsten Beyer

-this review contains major spoilers. Proceed with caution- Era: Post-Voyager Series: Voager: Full Circle (#1) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 561 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5 A year after Kathryn Janeway led her ship and its crew back to the Alpha Quadrant, Starfleet prepares for the next mission of the USS Voyager. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Full Circle, by Kirsten Beyer

TV REVIEW: Blake’s 7

Cast: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce, Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Steven Pacey, Joesette Simon, David Jackson, Glynis Barber Seasons: 4 Episodes: 52 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: BBC First Aired: 1978-1981 Verdict: 5/5 Wrapping up my boxsets of classic science fiction TV shows that I got last Christams comes Blake's 7, … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Blake’s 7

BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow

-this review contains mild spoilers, continue at your own risk- Era: The Original Series/The Animated Series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Social SF Pages: 384 Publication Date: 10/03/2016 Verdict: 5/5 Kirk and the Enterprise are on a mission to initiate diplomatic relations with a newly-spacefaring species. But when they arrive for the talks, they find that … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow

STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek

It's been 54 years since Star Trek debuted on televison, and it has been with us in one form or another pretty much solidly since then. But for those who aren't yet invested, a franchise with almost a thousand episodes can be daunting. Don't worry though, because almost every episode can be watched with very … Continue reading STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek

TV REVIEW: Space Force, Season 1

Cast: Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O. Yang, Don Lake Episodes: 10 Genre: Comedy, Hard SF Broadcaster: Netflix First Aired: 29/05/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Inspired by the terrible idea of the same name, Space Force is the latest in a series of new SF-based comedies hitting our screens. Following the natural … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Space Force, Season 1

TV REVIEW: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Cast: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Sila, Mel Blanc, Tim O'Connor, Thom Christopher, Jay Garner, Wilfrid Hyde-White Seasons: 2 Episodes: 32 Genre: Time Travel, Space Opera Broadcaster: NBC First Aired: 1979-1981 Verdict: 3/5 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the epitome of cheese. It's a glorious, nonsensical world of ham acting, scantily clad women, … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

TV REVIEW: Babylon 5

Starring: Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Jerry Doyle, Bill Mumy, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jeff Conaway,  Patricia Tallman, Andrea Thompson,  Jason Carter, Michael O'Hare, Julia Caitlin Brown, Tobert Rusler, Mary Kay Adams, Tracy Scoggins Episodes: 111 (+6 spin off-films and a 13-part spin-off series Crusade) Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: PTEN/TNT … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Babylon 5

TV REVIEW: Upload, Season 1

-minor spoilers- Starring: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Bigley, Allegra Edwards Episodes: 10 Genre: Cyberpunk/Romantic Comedy Broadcaster: Amazon Prime First Aired: 01/05/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Upload is a new series in which someone dies and finds themselves in a bizarre afterlife in which they don't belong. But don't make the mistake of assuming this … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Upload, Season 1

TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1

-minor spoilers- Starring: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway, Evan Evagora, Peyton List, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner Episodes: 10 Genre: Social SF, Space Opera Broadcaster: Amazon Prime (UK) First Aired: 23/01/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Star Trek: Picard set itself an almost impossible task right from the start. Take one of … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1