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: A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine

–Major spoilers for A Memory Called Empire– Publisher: Tor Series: Teixcalaan (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 480 Publication Date: 04/03/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Teixcalaan expands outwards, consuming all in its path. Except Lsel Station, which has negotiated a fragile peace in the face of a greater threat. A fleet is approaching human space. Unidentified, unknowable, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine”

BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio

–Spoilers for Empire of Silence and Howling Dark– Publisher: Gollancz Series: The Sun Eater (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 746 Publication Date: 30/07/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Hadrian Marlowe has risen far in the ranks of the Sollan Empire, spearheading the war against the Cielcin. Yet not all threats are as obvious as the alien aggressors. InContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio”

OUT OF ALIGNMENT: Cultural Morality in RPGs

Good and Evil, particularly in the context of Good versus Evil, has been a mainstay of roleplaying games since the very beginning. There are multiple very good reasons for this, not the least of which is that Good and Evil are concepts which go back right to the very earliest storytelling cultures. As a generalContinue reading “OUT OF ALIGNMENT: Cultural Morality in RPGs”

BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption of Time, by Baoshu

Translator: Ken Liu Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Space Opera Series: Remembrance of Earth’s Past (4) Pages: 339 Publication Date: 16/07/2019 (this translation) Rating: 4/5   When Earth sent the brain of Yun Tianming into space, they had no idea what the result would be. Tortured and brutalised by the Trisolarans, Yun Tianming eventually foundContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption of Time, by Baoshu”

TV REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 12

-Major Spoilers for the entire series- Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, Toisin Cole, Bradley Walsh Episodes: 10 Genre: Time Travel Broadcaster: BBC Verdict: 3/5 After a year’s break, Doctor Who returned to our screens earlier this year with a season that was even more controversial than the last. Before dive in to the finale thatContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 12”

LET’S SEE THEM ALIENS: The Fermi Paradox & The Kardashev Scale

Aliens have been a part of science fiction for a very long time. You only need to look the success of Star Wars and Star Trek to see this. Both franchises suggest a galaxy teeming with alien life, from the cellular level to interstellar empires. Aliens that could be anything from a human with aContinue reading “LET’S SEE THEM ALIENS: The Fermi Paradox & The Kardashev Scale”

BOOK REVIEW: Fleet of Knives, by Gareth L. Powell

-Major spoilers for Embers of War below- Publisher: Titan Series: Embers of War (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 401 Publication Date: 19/02/2019   Verdict: 5/5 Trouble Dog and her crew are back. But while they just want to get back to work, others have very different ideas of how to help the Galaxy. Ideas thatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Fleet of Knives, by Gareth L. Powell”

BOOK REVIEW: The Wizard of Linn, by A.E. Van Vogt

Publisher: New English Library Series: Empire of the Atom (#2) Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Pages: 174 Publication Date: 1950 Verdict: 4/5   Usually when reviewing book 2 in a series, I include a spoiler warning for the first book. Not today. Not for this. Because even if you have read Empire of the Atom, none of itContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Wizard of Linn, by A.E. Van Vogt”

BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos

-This is a review of the entire Frontlines series. As such it contains minor spoilers for all books. Proceed with caution- Publisher: 47North Genre: Military SF Books: 6 Published: 2013-2018 Verdict: 5/5   Humanity is expanding into space, settling dozens of new worlds. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who want them… The best military SF isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Frontlines Series, by Marko Kloos”