BOOK REVIEW: Interstellar Empire, by John Brunner

Once upon a time, there was an Empire that ruled over the Galaxy. That Empire is now fading into myth, with only scattered pockets of civilisation remaining. But while the Empire may have fallen, humanity endures, even as it falls back on old and dangerous habits . . . Today would have been John Brunner’sContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Interstellar Empire, by John Brunner”

CANON: It’s Not What You Think It Is

One of the very first articles I wrote At Boundary’s Edge was entitled CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY. With a focus on the role of expanded universes in the realms of science fiction, that article was essentially written as a response to people who complain about new entries in a series ‘not being canon.’ Here’s theContinue reading “CANON: It’s Not What You Think It Is”

BOOK REVIEW: Saviour of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell

Commissar Ciaphas Cain returns to action once again. His deeds are legendary, but can even the magnificent Cain stand against the multitude of the Imperium’s enemies? With orks, tyranids, and tau aplenty, there’s never been a worse time to be a coward . . . Reviewing a lengthy series is a difficult proposition. If you’veContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Saviour of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell”

SPSFC2 At Boundary’s Edge: Slushpile Books 1-7

Welcome back to the SPSFC. In this second year of the competition, we are currently at stage one, affectionately known as the slushpile. In this phase, each team has been given a selection of books to sort through in search of a handful of quarterfinalists. At Boundary’s Edge has 28 of these books (you canContinue reading “SPSFC2 At Boundary’s Edge: Slushpile Books 1-7”

BOOK REVIEW: The Best of Kuttner 1

Back in the day, science fiction was almost entirely ruled by the magazine industry. Names like Astounding, Amazing Stories, and Analog are but the alphabetical tip of the iceberg here. If you wanted to take a shot at science fiction writing, submitting to these magazines was the best bet. Editors such as John W. CampbellContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Best of Kuttner 1”

BOOK REVIEW: End As A Hero, by Keith Laumer

In the deepest reaches of uncharted space, an ancient force has awoken. Known as the Gool, this force reaches into the minds of passing spacefarers. All those who suffer from its touch are driven utterly made. All save one . . . At only a hundred and fifty pages, the content of the book itselfContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: End As A Hero, by Keith Laumer”

BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

There is a man who wanders the world with disaster and death following in his wake. This man can easily be recognised by his many tattoos. Tattoos that move and change. Tattoos that each have their own story . . . Let me put this up front. There are short story collections, anthologies, and fix-ups.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: Defender of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain is a name known throughout the Imperium. He is a commissar. A warrior. A hero. But behind the legend lies a man. Here in his own words, is the continued story of self-professed coward Ciaphas Cain . . . The first Ciaphas Cain omnibus, Hero of the Imperium, marked the end of myContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Defender of the Imperium, by Sandy Mitchell”

THE WISHLIST: Revisited

A year and a half ago, I made two posts in which I added authors to a wishlist. Unlike some people I know, I don’t count a book as being on my TBR unless I actually own it. The wishlist represents books and authors that I want to read, but don’t currently own. The firstContinue reading “THE WISHLIST: Revisited”

BOOK REVIEW: Double Star, by Robert Heinlein

When a stranger in a bar offers him a job, down-on-his-luck actor Lorenzo expects to make a little money. But when that job turns out to involve impersonating the most famous politician in the solar system, Lorenzo can’t help but wonder if this will be the last job he ever takes . . . WhenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Double Star, by Robert Heinlein”