SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Shadows of Mars, by I. O. Adler

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the fourth full review of these six, which is of I. O. Adler’s Shadows of Mars. This book has an SPSFC rating of 6.50 out of 10, and is reviewed here by my co-judge Ryan. It wasContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Shadows of Mars, by I. O. Adler”

BOOK REVIEW: Assassinorum: Kingmaker, by Robert Rath

A standalone novel Focuses on the Officio Assassinorum Published by Black Library in 2022 A grimdark espionage thriller 359 pages When a distant yet crucial world threatens to secede from the Imperium, the Officio Assassinorum dispatches a group of its finest agents to replace the planet’s monarch with someone more favourable. But when you’re workingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Assassinorum: Kingmaker, by Robert Rath”

SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: The Dinosaur Four, by Geoff Jones

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the third full review of these six, which is of Geoff Jones’ The Dinosaur Four. This book has an SPSFC rating of 5.50 out of 10. There are science fiction books that use their speculative elements toContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: The Dinosaur Four, by Geoff Jones”

HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd

What Is Hard Science Fiction? You can’t have science fiction without science. It’s right there in the name, and even the loosest, goosiest approach to the genre still has some science in it. Star Wars might be full of space wizards, but it also has robots. Even the much maligned (by me) science fantasy, retainsContinue reading “HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd”

SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Resistance, by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the second full review of these six, which is of Mikhaeyla Kopievsky’s Resistance. This book has an SPSFC rating of 5.00 out of 10. Some genres are more popular than others. Space Opera, for example, is belovedContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Resistance, by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky”

SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire, by G. M. Nair

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the first full review of these six, which is of G. M. Nair’s Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire. This book has an SPSFC rating of 7.50 out of 10, and is reviewed here by my co-judgeContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire, by G. M. Nair”

TBR & BEYOND: May 2022

We’re a third of the way through the year, and that means only one thing. It’s time for more books! May is looking to be a fairly quiet month, so I should be clear to read more than in April. There’s not much more to say than that, so here we go with this month’sContinue reading “TBR & BEYOND: May 2022”

MONTHLY ROUNDUP: April 2022

April passed me by faster than expected, partly because of a bank holiday, but also because of my return to LARP after two and a half years of coronavirus-inflicted absence. It was good to see people again (and better to dress up as a fish person for a weekend without receiving any odd looks) butContinue reading “MONTHLY ROUNDUP: April 2022”

SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 4-6

These are my personal initial impressions of the books allocated to the At Boundary’s Edge team during Phase 2 of the inaugural SPSFC. Ratings are subject to change as I take a closer look at each book. Full length reviews of each book will be posted once the whole team has had a chance toContinue reading “SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Semi-Finalist Gut Reactions 4-6”