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”

AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn

-This review contains some minor spoilers. Proceed with caution- Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Penguin Runtime: 5hrs 35m Release Date: 21/07/2020 Cast: Emily Woo Zeller, Jonathan Davies, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Sean Kenin, Nicole Lewis, Carol Monda, Euan Morton, Catherine Taber, Marc Thompson Verdict: 5/5 Dr Chelli Lona Aphra is used to living dangerously. After all, theContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn”

TV REVIEW: Space Force, Season 1

Cast: Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O. Yang, Don Lake Episodes: 10 Genre: Comedy, Hard SF Broadcaster: Netflix First Aired: 29/05/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Inspired by the terrible idea of the same name, Space Force is the latest in a series of new SF-based comedies hitting our screens. Following the naturalContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Space Force, Season 1”

BURN BRYTE: A Quick Look at Roll20’s First RPG System

I’ve been using Roll20 to run my RPGs for the past two and a half years, racking up around a thousand hours of actual game time. That’s about a fifty-fifty split between my homebrew SF systems and Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. It’s a great tool for GMs who can’t meet up with their playersContinue reading “BURN BRYTE: A Quick Look at Roll20’s First RPG System”

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi

–spoilers for The Collapsing Empire and The Consuming Fire- Publisher: Tor Series: The Interdependency (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages 313 Publication Date: 14/04/2020 Verdict: 5/5 The Interdependency is doomed. With the Flow collapsing, interstellar travel will soon become a thing of the past. Emperox Grayland II stagess a last desperate bid to save as manyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi”

BOOK REVIEW: Firewalkers, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Solaris Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic Pages: 184 Publication Date: 14/05/2020 Verdict: 4/5 The Earth is burning. As the last of the rich and famous depart for a new life in space, those less fortunate scrape out a living to make the wealthies’ dreams a reality. Tasked with investigating a power supply issue, Firewalker Mao will uncoverContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Firewalkers, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

TV REVIEW: Upload, Season 1

-minor spoilers- Starring: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Bigley, Allegra Edwards Episodes: 10 Genre: Cyberpunk/Romantic Comedy Broadcaster: Amazon Prime First Aired: 01/05/2020 Verdict: 4/5 Upload is a new series in which someone dies and finds themselves in a bizarre afterlife in which they don’t belong. But don’t make the mistake of assuming thisContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Upload, Season 1”

AUDIO REVIEW: Saga of the Beast, by David Annandale

Series: Saga of the Beast (#1-4) Genre: Science Fantasy Publisher: Black Library Runtime: 4hrs 23mins Release Date: 28/03/2020 Cast: Tom Alexander, Charles Armstrong, Gareth Armstrong, Ian Brooker, Steve Conlin, Andrew Fettes, Jonathan Keeble, Colleen Prendergast, Jon Rand, Richard Reed Verdict: 4/5 Ragnar Blackmane, the youngest of the Space Wolf jarls, has earned a great victoryContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Saga of the Beast, by David Annandale”

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: The Lesser Devil, by Christopher Ruocchio

-minor spoilers for Empire of Silence– Publisher: Self Published Genre: Space Opera Pages: 171 Publication Date: 25/02/2020 Verdict: 5/5 Hadrian Marlowe, the Sun Eater, is famous throughout the Sollan Empire and beyond. But what of his family? What of the brother he left behind? When Crispin Marlowe is the target of an assassination attempt, heContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Lesser Devil, by Christopher Ruocchio”