Five Underappreciated Science Fiction Books from Yesteryear

The past hundred years have seen a lot of science fiction, and while some go on to become absolute classics, far more fade into obscurity. Now I’m not going to claim that this article contains the most obscure books in the world. By definition, some books are so obscure I won’t have heard of them.Continue reading “Five Underappreciated Science Fiction Books from Yesteryear”

BOOK REVIEW: Mars, by Ben Bova

Mars. The next logical stopping point for human exploration of space. A world ripe for investigation, but also exploitation. When the first crewed mission to Mars touches down, will their goal be science, or will politics dominate there as it does on Earth . . . This is only the second book I’ve read byContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Mars, by Ben Bova”

BOOK REVIEW: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Translated By: Charles E. Gannon Publisher: Penguin Genre: Dystopia Pages: 258 Publication Date: 1924 (This translation 1993) Verdict: 2/5 OneState has eradicated all want. All envy. All greed. The world is united under OneState, but the mission does not stop there. Now OneState reaches for the stars, to bring perfection to other worlds . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin”

BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge

Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Hard SF Pages: 579 Publication Date: 1991 Verdict: 2/5   The Milky Way is a realm of vast potential. Not only in breadth, but in depth. For there is a force that suppresses intelligence, and as we travel further into space, we may reach our true potential. But when species and civilisationsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge”

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 304 Publication Date: 1950 Verdict: 4/5   Mars. Not the lifeless rock some may believe, but a world teeming with life. And as life on Earth spirals into war, it is to the red planet that eyes turn, and the rockets are aimed. But will humanity findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: The War in the Air, by H. G. Wells

Publisher: Penguin Classics Genre: Military SF/Tomorrow Fiction Pages: 276 Publication Date: 1908 Verdict: 2/5   The dawn of the twentieth century sees the age of a new and dreadful weapon. No longer are fleets bound by the ocean, but may take to the skies and rain death upon soldiers and civilian alike . . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The War in the Air, by H. G. Wells”

BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Ringworld (#1) Genre: Hard SF Pages: 288 Publication Date: 1970 Verdict: 3/5   On the day of his two hundredth birthday, Louis Wu is visited by an alien who requires his assistance. Together with one of humanity’s oldest enemies and the luckiest woman in the world, Louis sets out to discover theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven”

TBR & BEYOND: November 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of TBR & BEYOND, a new regular feature where I take a look at my TBR, run through my reading plans for the month ahead, and talk about science-fiction related things I’m excited about for the coming month. A fair bit of this is similar to the previous month, butContinue reading “TBR & BEYOND: November 2021”

BOOK REVIEW: God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Gollancz Series: Dune Chronicles (#4) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 454 Publication Date: 1981 Verdict: 1/5   For three thousand years, Leto Atreides II has sat upon his throne on Arrakis. Less human with every passing year, Leto guides humanity along his vision ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: God Emperor of Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Series: Dune Chronicles (#2) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 293 Publication Date: 1971 Verdict: 4/5   Paul Atreides is Emperor of the known universe. But total victory has come at a terrible price. Billions are dead, worlds are in ruins, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert”