BOOK REVIEW: Synthesis, by James Swallow

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Post-Nemesis Series: Titan (#6) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 391 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5   The USS Titan is pledged to seek out new life and new civilisations. But what of cultures that are not alive? When a salvage missionContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Synthesis, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek

-spoilers, but this was written a hundred years ago- Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Social SF Pages: 349 Publication Date: 1920 (RUR), 1936 (War With the Newts) Verdict: 4/5 (RUR), 1/5 (War With the Newts)   In RUR, the invention of robots leads to a new golden age for humanity, but when robots rebel, the future ofContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: RUR & War With the Newts, by Karel Čapek”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: The Butlerian Jihad, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

-Click here for a full index of my Dune Saga reviews- Publisher: Tor Series: Legends of Dune (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 675 Publication Date: 2002 Verdict: 3/5   Ten thousand years before the Atriedes come to Arrakis, the Galaxy is controlled by thinking machines. Ruling from Earth, the evermind Omnius sees all. But humansContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Butlerian Jihad, by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#5) Pages: 462 Publication Date: 1986 Verdict: 4/5 Golan Trevize has chosen Galaxia over the Foundation, but fears his mind is being influenced by another power. Together with his old friend Jabov Pelorat and new companion Bliss, he sets out to findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Earth, by Isaac Asimov”

TV REVIEW: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Cast: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Sila, Mel Blanc, Tim O’Connor, Thom Christopher, Jay Garner, Wilfrid Hyde-White Seasons: 2 Episodes: 32 Genre: Time Travel, Space Opera Broadcaster: NBC First Aired: 1979-1981 Verdict: 3/5 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is the epitome of cheese. It’s a glorious, nonsensical world of ham acting, scantily clad women,Continue reading “TV REVIEW: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”

BOOK REVIEW: Prelude to Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Guild Publishing Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation Prequels (#1) Pages: 461 Publication Date: 1988 Verdict: 5/5 Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to present his latest paper: a mathematical treatise on his bold new theory of psychohistory. But while Seldon sees his paper as little more than aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Prelude to Foundation, by Isaac Asimov”

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: Robots and Empire, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Del Rey Genre: Social SF/Space Opera Series: Robot (4) Pages: 468 Publication Date: 1985 Rating: 4/5 Two centuries after the life of Elijah Baley, his robotic partner Daneel Olivaw watches as the human race once again comes to the brink of war. The stagnant Spacer worlds and the SettlerContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Robots and Empire, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: The Robots of Dawn, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Granada Genre: Crime Series: Robot (3) Pages: 477 Publication Date: 1984 Rating: 5/5   Once more, Earthman Elijah Baley finds himself sent into space to deal with a crime that could have far-reaching consequences. But on the Spacer world of Aurora, not everything is as it seems. And canContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Robots of Dawn, by Isaac Asimov”