BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek

-spoilers, but this was written a hundred years ago- Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Social SF Pages: 349 Publication Date: 1920 (RUR), 1936 (War With the Newts) Verdict: 4/5 (RUR), 1/5 (War With the Newts)   In RUR, the invention of robots leads to a new golden age for humanity, but when robots rebel, the future ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek”

THE WISHLIST: Heavy Hitters of Science Fiction

I consider myself pretty well-read when it comes to science fiction. Look at my shelves and you’ll see a lot of the big names. Asimov, Herbert, Scalzi, Weber. There’s tie-in novels for Star Trek, Star Wars, and more. Then there’s books no one else seems to have heard of. Michael Mammay, Christopher Ruocchio, H. BeamContinue reading “THE WISHLIST: Heavy Hitters of Science Fiction”

TV REVIEW: Blake’s 7

Cast: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce, Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Steven Pacey, Joesette Simon, David Jackson, Glynis Barber Seasons: 4 Episodes: 52 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: BBC First Aired: 1978-1981 Verdict: 5/5 Wrapping up my boxsets of classic science fiction TV shows that I got last Christams comes Blake’s 7,Continue reading “TV REVIEW: Blake’s 7”

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: 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”

STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek

It’s been 54 years since Star Trek debuted on televison, and it has been with us in one form or another pretty much solidly since then. But for those who aren’t yet invested, a franchise with almost a thousand episodes can be daunting. Don’t worry though, because almost every episode can be watched with veryContinue reading “STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek”

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: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe-   Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#2) Pages: 240 Publication Date: 1952 Verdict: 5/5 The Foundation has stood for two hundred years. and is on course to complete Hari Seldon’s plan. But not everyone is happy with the Foundation’s expansion, and the greatest threat to its existenceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#1) Pages: 234 Publication Date: 1953 Verdict: 5/5 The end of the Galactic Empire is nigh. After millennia of stability, the Galaxy is slowly declining into a new age of barbarity. One man, Hari Seldon, has aplan to preserve civilisation. This isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov”