BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber

Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#1) Genre: Space Opera/Military SF Pages: 419 Publication Date: 1993 Verdict: 4/5 Honor Harrington has been given an impossible task. Protect a colony, avert a war and not get killed. It's obvious she's been set up to fail. But Honor is nothing if not determined . . . David Weber … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: On Basilisk Station, by David Weber

BOOK REVIEW: Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Publisher: Hodder Series: Standalone Genre: Military SF Pages: 275 Publication Date: 1959 Verdict: 5/5   Thousands of years in the future, humanity is at war with an arachnid foe. The military is the last saving grace of human society, the wall that keeps out the barbarians. And of course being a soldier comes with its … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

BOOK REVIEW: Northwest of Earth, by C.L. Moore

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Cosmic Horror/Adventure Pages: 343 Publication Date: 01/04/2019 (originally 1954) Verdict: 4/5   Humanity has spread across Earth, Mars and Venus. But in this glittering new age, there are darker forces at work. Our most ancient legends are derived from the horrors that dwell in outer space, and we will run … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Northwest of Earth, by C.L. Moore

BOOK REVIEW: Space Viking, by H. Beam Piper

Publisher: Sphere Series: Terro-Human Future History (#4) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 222 Publication Date: 1963 Verdict: 5/5   Thousands of years from now, the Galaxy is a barbaric place. In the Sword Worlds, the petty nobles squabble amongst themselves, sending out raiding parties to the ruins of the Old Federation. These raiders, known as Space … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Space Viking, by H. Beam Piper

BOOK REVIEW: Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Hard SF Pages: 177 Publication Date: 07/02/19 (originally 1955) Verdict: 4/5   In the twenty-second century, Man has colonised the Moon. Tensions between Earth and the colonies are rising, with many believing that all-out war is inevitable. Earth claims that the colonies are dependent on it for population growth. The … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Earthlight, by Arthur C. Clarke

BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Lensman (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 269 Publication Date: 09/01/19 (originally 1950) Verdict: 2/5   In the distant future, the Galaxy is defended and protected by the Lensmen. The pirates of Boskone have been growing in threat for years. But when a ruthless new leader emerges, their predation spills over into active … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Galactic Patrol, by E.E ‘Doc’ Smith

BOOK REVIEW: The Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Hard SF Pages: 225 Publication Date: 09/01/19 (originally 1951) Verdict: 3/5   In the early 21st Century, humanity has reached Mars. Science Fiction author Martin Gibson has received special permission to travel to the red planet, to document the lifestyle of the colonists and to promote further investment. Not … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke