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”

BOOK REVIEW: Dune, by Frank Herbert

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Series: Dune Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 529 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 3/5 Arrakis. Dune. Desert Planet. Only on this one world is the spice melange located, and he who controls the spice controls the universe. The Atreides familyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Dune, by Frank Herbert”

BOOK REVIEW: Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds

–spoilers– Series: Revelation Space (#1) Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 567 Publication Date: 2000 Verdict: 2/5   An archaeological dig on an alien world. An assassination plot years in the making. A threat to all life in the Galaxy. A handful of humans tie these events together, but that does not mean theyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds”

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”