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: 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: The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith

A Collection of 11 Short Stories Gollancz SF Masterworks edition published in 1999 Deeply Weird Space Opera 365 pages What is the future of Man? Will it be a glorious era of enlightenment and immortality, or will it be an untold horror of slavery and oppression. The answer lies somewhere between the two, and isContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith”

BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek III: Short Stories, by William Rotsler

A collection of five short stories Published by Ravette in 1984 Space Opera 126 pages This is a very short book, so it’s only fitting that I give it a very short review. So short, I’ve even forgone my traditional teaser synopsis. So let’s backtrack a little. Star Trek, like all franchises, has spawned aContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek III: Short Stories, by William Rotsler”

BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek 12, by James Blish & J. A. Lawrence

A novelisation of five Original Series episodes Three stories by Blish, two by Lawrence Published by Corgi in 1978 Social SF 170 pages These are the voyages of the USS Enterprise, as it explores the furthest reaches of space. Captain James Kirk leads his bold crew to worlds where dreams become reality, where Nazis rule,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek 12, by James Blish & J. A. Lawrence”

BOOK REVIEW: Memory’s Legion, by James S. A. Corey

A collection of 6 novellas and 2 short stories, all set in the universe of The Expanse Published by Orbit in 2022 Space Opera with a Hard SF edge 418 pages Earth, Mars. The Belt. Laconia. Beyond. As humanity reaches across the stars, there are countless stories to be told. Countless lives to lead. HereContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Memory’s Legion, by James S. A. Corey”

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov

A collection of 28 short stories, each with an author’s introduction Published by Grafton in 1987 All manner of subgenres 320 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have read a lot of Isaac Asimov. In fact, I have a whole bookcase dedicated to him. He is one of those rare writers who managed a long career of bothContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov”

BOOK REVIEW: Divination, by John French

Book Three of The Horusian Wars A collection of 12 short stories Focuses on the Inquisition Published by Black Library in 2019 Grimdark SF 340 pages ⭐⭐ Inquisitor Covenant defends the Imperium from threats within the Inquisition itself, but he does not do so alone. Here are the stories of his most loyal followers, fromContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Divination, by John French”

BOOK REVIEW: Jupiter Laughs, by Edmund Cooper

A collection of 15 short stories, with an introduction by the author Published by Coronet in 1971 Social SF 220 pages ⭐⭐⭐ Though I’m not the biggest fan of anthologies, a single-author collection can be a great way to scout out an author’s style, in both writing and themes. Even if I know absolutely nothingContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Jupiter Laughs, by Edmund Cooper”

BOOK REVIEW: The Gryb, by A.E. van Vogt

A collection of six stories Published by New English Library in 1976 172 pages ⭐ This is going to be a shorter review than usual, and there are two reasons for that. the first is page count. with six stories crammed into under two hundred pages, it’s hard to talk about The Gryb without justContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Gryb, by A.E. van Vogt”