BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise, by Ben Bova

Moonbase (#1) Part of the Grand Tour universe Published by New English Library First published in 1996 Hard SF 613 pages The Moon. Since time began, our nearest celestial neighbour has called to us. Now the Masterson Corporation has established Moonbase, a permanent outpost on the lunar surface. But not everyone is happy with theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Moonrise, by Ben Bova”

BOOK REVIEW: The Bridge, by Janine Ellen Young

A standalone novel Published by Simon & Schuster First published in 2000 An apocalyptic social SF 348 pages A deadly plague ravages the Earth, killing eighty-five percent of the population. And perhaps they are the lucky ones. For those who survive the disease suffer visions of alien origin, and are overcome by a strange compulsion,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Bridge, by Janine Ellen Young”

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: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Translated By: Charles E. Gannon Publisher: Penguin Genre: Dystopia Pages: 258 Publication Date: 1924 (This translation 1993) Verdict: 2/5 OneState has eradicated all want. All envy. All greed. The world is united under OneState, but the mission does not stop there. Now OneState reaches for the stars, to bring perfection to other worlds . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin”

BOOK REVIEW: Of Ants and Dinosaurs, by Cixin Liu

Translator: Elizabeth Hanlon Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Alternative History/Social SF Pages: 249 Publication Date: 2020 Verdict: 5/5   The Cretaceous Era. Two great empires coexist in peace. But while the ants and the dinosaurs have achieved great things together, the differences between them are great. Can this alliance survive, or will doubt and suspicionContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Of Ants and Dinosaurs, by Cixin Liu”

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 304 Publication Date: 1950 Verdict: 4/5   Mars. Not the lifeless rock some may believe, but a world teeming with life. And as life on Earth spirals into war, it is to the red planet that eyes turn, and the rockets are aimed. But will humanity findContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury”

BOOK REVIEW: The War in the Air, by H. G. Wells

Publisher: Penguin Classics Genre: Military SF/Tomorrow Fiction Pages: 276 Publication Date: 1908 Verdict: 2/5   The dawn of the twentieth century sees the age of a new and dreadful weapon. No longer are fleets bound by the ocean, but may take to the skies and rain death upon soldiers and civilian alike . . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The War in the Air, by H. G. Wells”

BOOK REVIEW: Synthesis, by James Swallow

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Post-Nemesis Series: Titan (#6) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 391 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5   The USS Titan is pledged to seek out new life and new civilisations. But what of cultures that are not alive? When a salvage missionContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Synthesis, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: Over A Torrent Sea, by Christopher L. Bennett

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Post-Nemesis Series: Titan (#5) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 349 Publication Date: 2009 Verdict: 4/5 As the Federation rebuilds in the wake of the devastating Borg invasion, Captain William Riker and the Titan crew are tasked with renewed exploration of deep space.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Over A Torrent Sea, by Christopher L. Bennett”

BOOK REVIEW: The Red King, by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin

–click here for a full index of all my Star Trek reviews– Era: Post-Nemesis Series: Titan (#2) Publisher: Pocket Books Genre: Social SF Pages: 362 Publication Date: 2005 Verdict: 3/5 Flung across the Galaxy and beyond, Titan finds itself in the territory of a species known as the Neyel. But these are no aliens. The NeyelContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Red King, by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin”