BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon

A standalone novel This Masterworks edition published by Gollancz First published in 1930 An epoch-spanning social SF 304 pages What is the future of humankind? For as long as there have been minds, the future has proven the ultimate mystery. Now a mind of the far future sends a message back to the present. AContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon”

BOOK REVIEW: Cadian Blood, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

A standalone novel Focuses on the Imperial Guard Published by Black Library in 2009 Military SF 347 pages ⭐⭐⭐ Cadians are the finest soldiers in the Imperium, and when a holy world is beset by trouble, it is they who answer the call. But this no ordinary war, for the forces of Chaos are afoot,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cadian Blood, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden”

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov

A collection of 28 short stories, each with an author’s introduction Published by Grafton in 1987 All manner of subgenres 320 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have read a lot of Isaac Asimov. In fact, I have a whole bookcase dedicated to him. He is one of those rare writers who managed a long career of bothContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Servants of the Wankh, by Jack Vance

Book Two of the Planet of Adventure series Published by Mayflower in 1976 A classic Science Fantasy 159 pages ⭐⭐ Adam Reith is stranded far from home, without a spaceship to carry him home to Earth. Gathering a ragtag group of travelling companions, Reith sets across the hostile world he finds himself in, but onContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Servants of the Wankh, by Jack Vance”

BOOK REVIEW: The Time Ships, by Stephen Baxter

A sequel to The Time Machine Authorised by the H.G. Wells Estate Published by Harper Voyager in 1995 A Time Travel novel 499 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Time Traveller has returned to his own time, but yearns to visit the future of his beloved Weena once more. But his second journey to futurity reveals that theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Time Ships, by Stephen Baxter”

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

Book One of the Mars Trilogy Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by Bantam in 1992 Hard SF 549 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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,Continue 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”