BOOK REVIEW: The Last Astronaut, by David Wellington

A Standalone Novel Published by Orbit First published in 2019 A Horror-fuelled First Contact 361 pages Sally Jansen was the last astronaut. When a mission went wrong and astronauts died, it was Jansen who shouldered the blame. But when a mysterious object approaches the Earth, it is Jansen who must lead the mission to makeContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Astronaut, by David Wellington”

BOOK REVIEW: The Bridge, by Janine Ellen Young

A standalone novel Published by Simon & Schuster First published in 2000 An apocalyptic social SF 348 pages A deadly plague ravages the Earth, killing eighty-five percent of the population. And perhaps they are the lucky ones. For those who survive the disease suffer visions of alien origin, and are overcome by a strange compulsion,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Bridge, by Janine Ellen Young”

SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Shadows of Mars, by I. O. Adler

For the past few months, we’ve been reading six more semi-finalists from the inaugural SPSFC. Today we’ve got the fourth full review of these six, which is of I. O. Adler’s Shadows of Mars. This book has an SPSFC rating of 6.50 out of 10, and is reviewed here by my co-judge Ryan. It wasContinue reading “SPSFC SEMI-FINALIST REVIEW: Shadows of Mars, by I. O. Adler”

BOOK REVIEW: Chindi, by Jack McDevitt

Series: The Academy (#3) Publisher: Ace Genre: Hard SF Pages: 511 Publication Date: 2002 Verdict: 2/5   Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that has plagued mankind for thousands of years. And by the twenty-third century, it seems like the answer is yes. Until a mysterious satellite is found at a remoteContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Chindi, by Jack McDevitt”

BOOK REVIEW: All That’s Left, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Post-The Original Series Series: Seekers (#4) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 369 Publication Date: 2015 Verdict: 4/5 An archaeological dig is the unlikely target of an unknown alien vessel. Rushing to the rescue, the crew of the Endeavour find themselves facingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: All That’s Left, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore”

BOOK REVIEW: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

–some potential spoilers– Publisher: Del Rey Genre: Hard SF Pages: 476 Publication Date: 04/05/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Ryland Grace is a man with many problems. Where is his spaceship? Why are the rest of his crew dead? And most importantly of all, what is he doing here . . ? This is a very difficult book toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir”

BOOK REVIEW: By the Book, by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Enterprise, Season 1 Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 252 Publication Date: 2003 Verdict: 4/5 First contact is the reason Jonathan Archer travels, but what do you do when communication with aliens is impossible? And when there are two aliens onContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: By the Book, by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch”