BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon

A standalone novel This Masterworks edition published by Gollancz First published in 1930 An epoch-spanning social SF 304 pages What is the future of humankind? For as long as there have been minds, the future has proven the ultimate mystery. Now a mind of the far future sends a message back to the present. AContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Last And First Men, by Olaf Stapledon”

BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge

Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Hard SF Pages: 579 Publication Date: 1991 Verdict: 2/5   The Milky Way is a realm of vast potential. Not only in breadth, but in depth. For there is a force that suppresses intelligence, and as we travel further into space, we may reach our true potential. But when species and civilisationsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge”

BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven

Publisher: Gollancz Series: Ringworld (#1) Genre: Hard SF Pages: 288 Publication Date: 1970 Verdict: 3/5   On the day of his two hundredth birthday, Louis Wu is visited by an alien who requires his assistance. Together with one of humanity’s oldest enemies and the luckiest woman in the world, Louis sets out to discover theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ringworld, by Larry Niven”

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”