TBR and Beyond: June 2021

Welcome to the first in a new series of posts entitled TBR and beyond. On the last of the year, I make a list of all the science fiction material coming out in the year ahead. You can find the 2021 version by clicking on this link. The problem is that publication dates shift aroundContinue reading “TBR and Beyond: June 2021”

TV REVIEW: Vagrant Queen

Starring: Adriyan Rae, Tim Rozon, Alex McGregor, Paul du Toit Seasons: 1 Episodes: 10 Genre: Space Opera, Comedy Broadcaster: SyFy First Aired: 2020 Verdict: 5/5 Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A renegade royal in hiding, a brilliant mechanic, and a charming rogue team up to fight an evil space empire. On the faceContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Vagrant Queen”

BOOK REVIEW: Rosetta, by Dave Stern

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 4 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF/Space Opera Pages: 407 Publication Date: 2006 Verdict: 5/5 Enterprise has been recalled to Earth for a meeting that will make history, but first they have one final mission. The Confederacy is an ancientContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Rosetta, by Dave Stern”

BOOK REVIEW: Last Full Measure, by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 3 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Military SF Pages: 336 Publication Date: 2006 Verdict: 4/5   Following the devastating Xindi strike on Earth, Enterprise seeks out the alien aggressors. On this voyage they are armed with a new weapon, the MACOs, elite soldiers whoContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Last Full Measure, by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels”

BOOK REVIEW: The Expanse, by J.M. Dillard

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Based on a Screenplay By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga Era: Enterprise, Seasons 2-3 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 247 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5   Earth has been attacked. A probe from regions unknown has devastated the western hemisphere. RecalledContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Expanse, by J.M. Dillard”

BOOK REVIEW: Daedalus’s Children, by Dave Stern

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 2 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 370 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5 Stranded and held prisoner in a universe that is slowly poisoning them, Archer and the Enterprise crew find themselves being used as pawns in an alien war. But theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Daedalus’s Children, by Dave Stern”

BOOK REVIEW: Daedalus, by Dave Stern

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 2 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 326 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5 While investigating a spatial anomaly, Enterprise is boarded by hostile alien soldiers. Watching helplessly, Trip and Hoshi escape, only to find themselves pulled into a war thatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Daedalus, by Dave Stern”

BOOK REVIEW: Surak’s Soul, by J.M. Dillard

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 2 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 218 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 3/5 On a dying world, T’Pol has accidentally killed an alien. Swearing off further violence, she finds herself at odds once again with Captain Archer. But whenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Surak’s Soul, by J.M. Dillard”

I’m A Sucker For . . . Long Retreats

There are a lot of tropes I like. The ship and a crew dynamic. The con artist thinking on their feet. The fall of civilisations. But one that stands out above the others is the idea of a long retreat. Whether it’s a gruelling march through hostile territory, or a lonely trek through unfamiliar stars,Continue reading “I’m A Sucker For . . . Long Retreats”

BOOK REVIEW: Shockwave, by Paul Ruditis

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– (Based on the screenplay by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga) Era: Enterprise, Season 1/2 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Space Opera Pages: 305 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5 Enterprise has been blamed for the destruction of a mining colony, and now the future ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shockwave, by Paul Ruditis”