BOOK REVIEW: Hold Up The Sky, by Cixin Liu

Translators: John Chu, Adam Lanphier, Joel Martinsen, Carmen Yiling Yan, Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Social SF Pages: 334 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 (this translation) Rating: 4/5   With Hold Up the Sky, Head of Zeus continue their excellent track record of putting out English translations of Chinese SF. This particular collection stems from the pen … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Hold Up The Sky, by Cixin Liu

BOOK REVIEW: Full Circle, by Kirsten Beyer

-this review contains major spoilers. Proceed with caution- Era: Post-Voyager Series: Voager: Full Circle (#1) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 561 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5 A year after Kathryn Janeway led her ship and its crew back to the Alpha Quadrant, Starfleet prepares for the next mission of the USS Voyager. … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Full Circle, by Kirsten Beyer

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 that … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow

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 Foundation … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

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 existence … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov

BOOK REVIEW: Forward the Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

-spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Doubleday Genre: Social SF Series: Foundation Prequels (#2) Pages: 416 Publication Date: 1993 Verdict: 4/5 Hari Seldon works tirelessly on his psychohistory project. But even as governments come and go, and the Galactic Empire slowly breaks apart around him, the greatest threat may yet be time. Time, and … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Forward the 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 of … Continue reading TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1

BOOK REVIEW: The Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu

Translator: Joel Martinsen Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Social SF Pages: 442 Publication Date: 22/10/2019 (this translation) Rating: 5/5 Eight light years away, a star has gone supernova. The radiation burns across the Earth, giving every human being a lethal dose. Every human, that is, over the age of thirteen. It is these children who … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu

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 Settler … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Robots and Empire, by Isaac Asimov