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

BOOK REVIEW: The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Crime Series: Robot (1) Pages: 206 Publication Date: 1950 Rating: 5/5 Elijah Baley is just another policeman in the sprawling supercity of New York. But when a visitor from the Spacer colonies is murdered, he finds himself thrust into the spotlight. As he uncovers a deadly … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

BOOK REVIEW: Nemesis, by Isaac Asimov

-Spoilers for the entire Foundation universe- Publisher: Guild Publishing Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 364 Publication Date: 1989 Rating: 4/5 Nemesis. The twin star to our own sun, now on a collision course with the Earth. With the apocalypse looming, humanity must search out a new home. But the Galaxy is still beyond our reach, and … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Nemesis, by Isaac Asimov

BOOK REVIEW: The Positronic Man, by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg

-Spoilers for the Foundation universe. A full index of novels can be found here- Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Tomorrow Fiction/Social SF Pages: 223 Publication Date: 1992 Rating: 5/5 Meet NDR-113: an ordinary household robot just like any other. Meet Andrew: the robot who would wish to be human. Join him on his two-century journey to change not … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Positronic Man, by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg