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 ofContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1”

BOOK REVIEW: Re-Coil, by J.T. Nicholas

Publisher: Titan Genre: Crime/Thriller Pages: 353 Publication Date: 03/03/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Carter Langston is dead, but that’s not his biggest problem. With his consciousness loaded into a new body, the salvager finds himself targeted by assassins. Whatever he saw before he died could change the world, and his only hope of survival is to findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Re-Coil, by J.T. Nicholas”

BOOK REVIEW: The Puzzler’s War, by Eyal Kless

-spoilers for The Lost Puzzler– Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Series: The Tarakan Chronicles (#2) Pages: 546 Publication Date: 23/01/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Centuries from now, the world lies in ruins. Across a wasteland marked by radiation and ruins, the survivors of humanity fight over what little is left. But while some do so in search ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Puzzler’s War, by Eyal Kless”

BOOK REVIEW: Light of Impossible Stars, by Gareth L. Powell

-Major spoilers for Embers of War and Fleet of Knives– Publisher: Titan Series: Embers of War (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 364 Publication Date: 18/02/2020 Verdict: 5/5 With a seemingly unstoppable armada of alien vessels tearing through civilised space, thins are looking pretty bleak for Trouble Dog and her crew. Heading for the one safe havenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Light of Impossible Stars, by Gareth L. Powell”

BOOK REVIEW: I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the Foundation universe. A full index of novels can be found here– Publisher: Grafton Genre: Tomorrow Fiction Pages: 206 Publication Date: 1950 Rating: 4/5 Robots are everywhere. In our homes, in our workplaces, on Mercury and Venus and all the space stations humanity has built. One woman was there from the start. Now atContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: A Chain Across the Dawn, by Drew Williams

-Spoilers for The Stars Now Unclaimed– Publisher: Simon & Schuster Series: The Universe After (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 308 Publication Date: 08/08/2019 Verdict: 5/5 Three years after joining the ranks of the Justified, Esa assists her mentor Jane in tracking down children with unique gifts. But they are not the only ones searching, and theirContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Chain Across the Dawn, by Drew Williams”

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: Emily Eternal, by M.G. Wheaton

Publisher: Hodder Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Apocalyptic Pages: 292 Publication Date: 24/04/2019 Verdict: 4/5 The world is going to end. And while Emily can’t stop the sun killing us all, she can make these last few years a little more comfortable. I’m generally a bit wary of books claiming to investigate what it means to be human.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Emily Eternal, by M.G. Wheaton”

BOOK REVIEW: Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell

  Publisher: Titan Series: Embers of War (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 408 Publication Date: 2018 Verdict: 4/5 The war is over, but for the crew of Trouble Dog, and the ship herself, the struggle continues. Because without war, what good is a soldier? Iain M. Banks is a towering figure in SF, respected, praised andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell”

BOOK REVIEW: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein

Publisher: Hodder Genre: Dystopian Pages: 408 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 3/5 The Moon works hard, and Earth takes the fruit of that labour. Not all are happy with this arrangement, and some even seek to change it … This is a multi-award winning book. That, however, doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy it. What earnsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein”