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”

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: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: WordFire Press Series: Selected Stories: Science Fiction (#1) Genre: Various Pages: 369 Publication Date: 14/08/18 Verdict: 4.75/5   A collection of short stories and novellas from over forty years of Anderson’s writing. Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers in modern science fiction. With well over a hundred books spanning Dune, Star Wars, TheContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Science Fiction Volume 1, by Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: One Way, by S. J. Morden

  Publisher: Gollancz Series: One Way (#1) Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Murder Mystery Pages: 330 Publication Date: 23/08/18 Verdict: 3/5   In 2048, a team is sent to establish a permanent base on Mars. But these are not trained astronauts. To save money, the XO company have sent a group of criminals to the red planet. EachContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: One Way, by S. J. Morden”

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”