BOOK REVIEW: Moonwar, by Ben Bova

Moonbase (#2) Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by Hodder & Stoughton First published in 1997 Hard SF 531 pages Moonbase. The future of humanity, or a waste of time and resources? An increasingly anti-technology United Nations is determined to see Moonbase brought to heel. But Douglas Stavenger is determined to see his father’sContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Moonwar, by Ben Bova”

BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise, by Ben Bova

Moonbase (#1) Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by New English Library First published in 1996 Hard SF 613 pages The Moon. Since time began, our nearest celestial neighbour has called to us. Now the Masterson Corporation has established Moonbase, a permanent outpost on the lunar surface. But not everyone is happy with theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise, by Ben Bova”

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”

HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd

What Is Hard Science Fiction? You can’t have science fiction without science. It’s right there in the name, and even the loosest, goosiest approach to the genre still has some science in it. Star Wars might be full of space wizards, but it also has robots. Even the much maligned (by me) science fantasy, retainsContinue reading “HARD SF: Science Fiction For Your Inner Nerd”

BOOK REVIEW: Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. Powell

A standalone novella Published by Tor.com in 2021 Hard SF with a lot of romance 173 pages Amahle spends her life travelling the universe, collecting stories and memories from the hundreds of scattered human worlds. But one memory keeps returning, that of a man who knows her, and claims she is in terrible danger .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. Powell”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: Venus, by Ben Bova

A standalone novel Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by Tor in 2000 Hard SF 405 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Alex Humphries died on Venus, and now his brother is going to bring the remains home. But Van has more to worry about than one of the deadliest world in the solar system, because he isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Venus, by Ben Bova”

BOOK REVIEW: Return to Mars, by Ben Bova

Hold up, this is a sequel! You can find my review of the previous book by clicking on this link. Book Two of the Mars Trilogy Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by Avon in 1999 Hard SF 403 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jamie Waterman has returned to Mars with a new team of scientists. ButContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Return to Mars, by Ben Bova”

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”