BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

There is a man who wanders the world with disaster and death following in his wake. This man can easily be recognised by his many tattoos. Tattoos that move and change. Tattoos that each have their own story . . . Let me put this up front. There are short story collections, anthologies, and fix-ups.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: Nova, by Samuel R. Delany

Lorq Von Ray is man with a singular goal: To fly his ship through the heart of a supernova. To achieve this dream he must gather a crew of unlikely allies, and fight an old enemy. But even among the stars, no man can escape his past . . . I primarily knew of SamuelContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Nova, by Samuel R. Delany”

BOOK REVIEW: The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith

A Collection of 11 Short Stories Gollancz SF Masterworks edition published in 1999 Deeply Weird Space Opera 365 pages What is the future of Man? Will it be a glorious era of enlightenment and immortality, or will it be an untold horror of slavery and oppression. The answer lies somewhere between the two, and isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith”

BOOK REVIEW: The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

A Standalone Novel First Published in 1956 Reprinted under the Gollancz SF Masterworks banner A violent SF thriller 240 pages Left for dead on a drifting spacecraft, lone survivor Gully Foyle dedicates his existence to revenge. It is a quest that will take him across the solar system, and leave countless ruined lives in hisContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester”

BOOK REVIEW: Islands in the Sky, by Arthur C. Clarke

A Standalone Novel First Published in 1954 Puffin Edition Published in 1976 A classic piece of Tomorrow Fiction 208 pages Roy Malcolm knows everything there is to know about aviation, so its no surprise when he wins the coveted prize of a free trip to anywhere. What is a surprise is that he chooses toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Islands in the Sky, by Arthur C. Clarke”

BOOK REVIEW: The Fuzzy Papers, by H. Beam Piper

An Omnibus edition of Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens Published by Futura Omnibus first published in 1979 A classic social SF adventure 409 pages Zarathustra belongs to the Company, whose charter dictates they can do as they please with its resources. But when a native being shows signs of sapience, the inevitable question is broughtContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Fuzzy Papers, by H. Beam Piper”

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”