BOOK REVIEW: Ballistic, by Marko Kloos

–spoilers for Aftershocks. Proceed at your peril- Publisher: 47North Series: The Palladium Wars (#2) Genre: Military SF Pages: 306 Publication Date: 26/05/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Aden is trying to put his life back together after the war, and has finally found a way to leave his past behind. But not everyone is so keen to let sleepingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ballistic, by Marko Kloos”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Mainframe Runtime: 3hrs 24mins Narrator: Julia Whelan Release Date: 14/09/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Holly Winseed wakes up in a hospital to find that her husband is dead, and that she was the killer. Or at least, her original was. The new Holly is a clone, and now has only days to bringContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Original, by Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#5) Pages: 462 Publication Date: 1986 Verdict: 4/5 Golan Trevize has chosen Galaxia over the Foundation, but fears his mind is being influenced by another power. Together with his old friend Jabov Pelorat and new companion Bliss, he sets out to findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov”

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 thatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams

-Spoilers for The Stars Now Unclaimed and A Chain Across The Dawn– Publisher: Simon & Schuster Series: The Universe After (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 366 Publication Date: 20/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Esa and Jane are on a mission: To find a way to stop the Cyn, the energy-based aliens currently wreaking havoc across the Galaxy.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation’s Edge, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#4) Pages: 431 Publication Date: 1983 Verdict: 4/5 The Foundation stands triumphant against all enemies, and has reached the halfway mark in the interregnum between the Galactix Empire and its predicted successor. But all may not be as it seems, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation’s Edge, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley

Publisher: British Library Genre: Various Pages: 334 Publication Date: 06/08/2020 Rating: 4/5 Born of the Sun is one a number of anthologies published by british Library which gather together older stories gathered around a common theme. Their botanical horror one, Evil Roots, was the first to catch my attention, and I also enjoyed their collection ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley”

BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott

Publisher: Tor (US)/Head of Zeus (UK) Series: The Sun Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 523 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 Rating: 4/5 The Galaxy has fallen into an age of darkness. Amid the chaos, the Republic of Chaonia stands firm against its many enemies. With war once again on the way, young Princess Sun is determinedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott”

BOOK REVIEW: Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#3) Pages: 240 Publication Date: 1953 Verdict: 5/5 The Foundation has fallen, conquered by the superhuman Mule. But the Mule cannot be content with his victory, for somewhere out there is the last threat to his power: Hari Seldon’s Second FoundationContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Vagabonds, by Hao Jingfang

Translator: Ken Liu Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Social SF Pages: 600 Publication Date: 14/04/2020 (this translation) Rating: 5/5 Earth and Mars. Two planets with a shared history, but very different visions of the future. Returning from an exchange trip to Earth, a group of Martian students comes home. The world they left has changed,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Vagabonds, by Hao Jingfang”