BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow

-this review contains mild spoilers, continue at your own risk- Era: The Original Series/The Animated Series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Social SF Pages: 384 Publication Date: 10/03/2016 Verdict: 5/5 Kirk and the Enterprise are on a mission to initiate diplomatic relations with a newly-spacefaring species. But when they arrive for the talks, they find thatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation’s Edge, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#4) Pages: 431 Publication Date: 1983 Verdict: 4/5 The Foundation stands triumphant against all enemies, and has reached the halfway mark in the interregnum between the Galactix Empire and its predicted successor. But all may not be as it seems, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation’s Edge, by Isaac Asimov”

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: Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#3) Pages: 240 Publication Date: 1953 Verdict: 5/5 The Foundation has fallen, conquered by the superhuman Mule. But the Mule cannot be content with his victory, for somewhere out there is the last threat to his power: Hari Seldon’s Second FoundationContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov”

AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley

Genre: SF Crime Publisher: Black Library Runtime: 61 minutes Cast: Kelly Hotton, Emma Noakes, Paul Putner, Jon Rand, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner Release Date: 08/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Baggit and Clodde, two abhuman former guardsmen, now make their living as petty criminals in the great city of Varangantua. When a deal goes wrong, theyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Dredge Runners, by Alec Worley”

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”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe-   Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#2) Pages: 240 Publication Date: 1952 Verdict: 5/5 The Foundation has stood for two hundred years. and is on course to complete Hari Seldon’s plan. But not everyone is happy with the Foundation’s expansion, and the greatest threat to its existenceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Grafton Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation (#1) Pages: 234 Publication Date: 1953 Verdict: 5/5 The end of the Galactic Empire is nigh. After millennia of stability, the Galaxy is slowly declining into a new age of barbarity. One man, Hari Seldon, has aplan to preserve civilisation. This isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow of Victory, by David Weber

-Major spoilers abound for all previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Saganami Island (#4) Genre: Military SF Pages: 1158 Publication Date: 2016 Verdict: 2/5   War rages across the Galaxy, and no world is spared. As the Solarian league and the Star Empire of ManticoreContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Shadow of Victory, by David Weber”

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”