BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings

Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Various Pages: 997 Publication Date: 10/12/2020 Verdict: 3/5 Robots. Androids. Machines. Mechanical men. Sometimes they come as conquerors, sometimes they are our slaves. Whether they are the ultimate other, or a reflection of our own desires, robots have a long history in science fiction. Here are one hundred stories fromContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings”

AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony

Label: Napalm Records Genre: Power Metal/Alternative History Tracks: 12 Runtime: 49 minutes Release Date: 15/01/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Here are three things I love: Power metal, alternative histories, and sinister magic. With their fourth album Viribus Unitis, Austrian-based band Dragony have combined all three to create a strong early contender for album of the year. Coming fromContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony”

Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021

2020 was a rough year for most, but definitely for science fiction. A lot of industries ground to a halt, meaning that many of this year’s expected releases have been ushed back to 2021. On the plus side, that means next year is going to be absolutely packed with science fiction goodies. Here’s just aContinue reading “Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021”

TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2

–Season 1 review located here– Starring: Pedro Pascal Episodes: 8 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: Disney+ First Aired: 2020 Verdict: 5/5 Look at social media and you’ll see a common theme emerging: The Mandalorian has saved Star Wars. Now, I don’t really think Star Wars needed saving, but there is no denying the popularity of StarContinue reading “TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2”

BOUNDY AWARDS 2020

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been quite a remarkable year. Most of the news has been on the negative end of the spectrum, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that. But while we have all been trapped indoors as a result of society collapsing around us, we’veContinue reading “BOUNDY AWARDS 2020”

AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin

Series: The War Master (#5) Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Big Finish Runtime: 4hrs 31m Release Date: 31/10/2020 Cast: Derek Jacobi, Paul McGann, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Colin McFarlane, et al. Verdict: 5/5   The Master and the Doctor. Two of the Time Lord’s most infamous sons, and two of history’s greatest rivals. At the height ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Hearts of Darkness, by David Llewellyn & Lisa McMullin”

BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini

Publisher: Tor Genre: Hard SF/Space Opera Pages: 825 Publication Date: 15/09/2020 Verdict: 3/5 As humanity expands into the universe, it finds evidence that it is not alone. Nor is it the first species to come this far. First contact leads to a galactic war, and one woman finds herself caught in the middle of eventsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini”

BOOK REVIEW: The Duke of Caladan, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

-minor spoilers for other books in the Dune saga. Proceed with caution- Publisher: WordFire Press Series: The Caladan Trilogy (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 425 Publication Date: 13/10/2020 Verdict: 5/5 A year before he and his family make their fateful trip to Arrakis, Duke Leto Atreides finds himself embraoiled in a conspiracy that could toppleContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Duke of Caladan, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: The Doors of Eden, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Tor Genre: Thriller/Hard SF Pages: 597 Publication Date: 20/08/2020 Verdict: 3.5/5 People go missing. Sometimes they come back. Sometimes, they bring others back with them. The walls around our reality are breaking down, and if they cannot be fixed, who knows what might come through next . . ? Time and time again, AdrianContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Doors of Eden, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio

–Spoilers for Empire of Silence and Howling Dark– Publisher: Gollancz Series: The Sun Eater (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 746 Publication Date: 30/07/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Hadrian Marlowe has risen far in the ranks of the Sollan Empire, spearheading the war against the Cielcin. Yet not all threats are as obvious as the alien aggressors. InContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Demon In White, by Christopher Ruocchio”