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 runContinue 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 SpaceContinue 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. TheContinue 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 activeContinue 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. NotContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Sands of Mars, by Arthur C. Clarke”

BOOK REVIEW: Doomsday Morning, by C. L. Moore

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Dystopian SF Pages: 248 Publication Date: 10/01/2019 (originally 1957) Verdict: 3/5 In the wake of a nuclear war, the United States have been reborn under Comus. Once a communications service, now a tyrannical police state, Comus is held together by a single man: Its creator, Andrew Raleigh. Life under ComusContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Doomsday Morning, by C. L. Moore”

BOOK REVIEW: Fury, by Henry Kuttner

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Standalone Genre: Dystopian SF Pages: 212 Publication Date: 10/01/2019 (originally 1950) Verdict: 4/5 Earth is gone, and the remnants of the human race have retreated to Venus. Confined to domed cities beneath the Venusian oceans and ruled over by genetically enhanced Immortals, humanity is trapped in a state of decline. Stagnation. SamContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Fury, by Henry Kuttner”

CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY

Here’s the thing: A good story is a good story, regardless of context. That’s why you can enjoy a Lovecraft story without being a frothing-at-the-mouth, anti-semitic, homophobic racist. But this opinion piece isn’t about the separation of art from artist, that’s for another time. Today I want to talk about canon. The 2015 release ofContinue reading “CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY”

BOOK REVIEW: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Military SF Publication Date: 1974 Verdict: 4/5 The year is 1997, and Earth is waging war against the Taurans. With the war happening across vast interstellar distances, Einstein’s laws of general relativity mean that for every month the soldiers spend on the front lines, years pass by back on Earth. William MandellaContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman”