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: 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”

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 304 Publication Date: 1950 Verdict: 4/5   Mars. Not the lifeless rock some may believe, but a world teeming with life. And as life on Earth spirals into war, it is to the red planet that eyes turn, and the rockets are aimed. But will humanity findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: Dark Age, by Pierce Brown

-Hold up! This is a sequel. Find my reviews of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, and Iron Gold by clicking on the links- Series: Red Rising (#5) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 752 Publication Date: 2019 Verdict: 2/5   The solar system is at war. Darrow and Virginia struggle to hold on toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Dark Age, by Pierce Brown”

BOOK REVIEW: Morning Star, by Pierce Brown

-Hold up! This is a sequel. Find my reviews of Red Rising and Golden Son here– Series: Red Rising (#3) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 518 Publication Date: 2016 Verdict: 2/5   Darrow is a prisoner. As his rebellion rages on, he is tortured by those he thought he could trust. ButContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Morning Star, by Pierce Brown”

BOOK REVIEW: Golden Son, by Pierce Brown

-Hold up! This is a sequel. Find my review of Red Rising here- Series: Red Rising (#2) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Grimdark SF Pages: 442 Publication Date: 2015 Verdict: 4/5   Darrow has infiltrated Gold society, and now rises rapidly through their ranks. But even a Gold is not safe from danger, and conspiraciesContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Golden Son, by Pierce Brown”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: Vagabonds, by Hao Jingfang

Translator: Ken Liu Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Social SF Pages: 600 Publication Date: 14/04/2020 (this translation) Rating: 5/5 Earth and Mars. Two planets with a shared history, but very different visions of the future. Returning from an exchange trip to Earth, a group of Martian students comes home. The world they left has changed,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Vagabonds, by Hao Jingfang”

TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1

-minor spoilers- Starring: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway, Evan Evagora, Peyton List, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner Episodes: 10 Genre: Social SF, Space Opera Broadcaster: Amazon Prime (UK) First Aired: 23/01/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Star Trek: Picard set itself an almost impossible task right from the start. Take one ofContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1”

BOOK REVIEW: Empire of the Atom, by A.E. Van Vogt

Publisher: New English Library Series: Empire of the Atom (#1) Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Pages: 155 Publication Date: 1966 Verdict: 5/5 Clane is a mutant, the abomination son of Earth’s Lord Protector. But though his body is twisted, his mind may be the greatest humanity has ever known . . . This is a difficult book toContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Empire of the Atom, by A.E. Van Vogt”