BOOK REVIEW: The Good That Men Do, by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin

-this review contains major spoilers for the Enterprise series finale, continue at your own risk- Era: Enterprise Publisher: Simon & Schuster Genre: Space Opera Pages: 446 Publication Date: 2007 Verdict: 5/5 Everyone thinks they know the story of the NX-01’s finale voyage, and how Jonathan Archer helped found the United Federation of Planets. But whatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Good That Men Do, by Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin”

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 thatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Latter Fire, by James Swallow”

BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams

-Spoilers for The Stars Now Unclaimed and A Chain Across The Dawn– Publisher: Simon & Schuster Series: The Universe After (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 366 Publication Date: 20/08/2020 Verdict: 5/5   Esa and Jane are on a mission: To find a way to stop the Cyn, the energy-based aliens currently wreaking havoc across the Galaxy.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Firmament of Flame, by Drew Williams”

BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott

Publisher: Tor (US)/Head of Zeus (UK) Series: The Sun Chronicles (#1) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 523 Publication Date: 01/10/2020 Rating: 4/5 The Galaxy has fallen into an age of darkness. Amid the chaos, the Republic of Chaonia stands firm against its many enemies. With war once again on the way, young Princess Sun is determinedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott”

BOOK REVIEW: The Indranan War Trilogy, by K. B. Wagers

Publisher: Orbit Genre: Space Opera Books: 3 Published: 2016-2017 Verdict: 4/5 Hail Bristol is just another gunrunner. Or so she wants people to think. When her family is attacked, she is ofrced to return home and embrace her birthright as the next Empress of Indrana. She’s not entirely happy about the prospect, and neither areContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Indranan War Trilogy, by K. B. Wagers”

BOOK REVIEW: Cauldron of Ghosts, by David Weber & Eric Flint

-Major spoilers abound for all previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Crown of Slaves (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages: 823 Publication Date: 2014 Verdict: 2/5 The Mesan Alignment’s conspiracy to bring a new order to the Galaxy has been exposed. But as old alliances areContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cauldron of Ghosts, by David Weber & Eric Flint”

TV REVIEW: Babylon 5

Starring: Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Jerry Doyle, Bill Mumy, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jeff Conaway,  Patricia Tallman, Andrea Thompson,  Jason Carter, Michael O’Hare, Julia Caitlin Brown, Tobert Rusler, Mary Kay Adams, Tracy Scoggins Episodes: 111 (+6 spin off-films and a 13-part spin-off series Crusade) Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: PTEN/TNTContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Babylon 5”

AUDIO REVIEW: Dooku: Jedi Lost, by Cavan Scott

-This review contains some spoilers. Proceed with caution- Genre: Space Opera/Science Fantasy Publisher: Penguin Runtime: 6hrs 21m Release Date: 30/04/2019 Cast: Orlagh Cassidy,  Euan Morton, Pete Bradbury, Jonathan Davies, Neil Hellegers, Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Robert Petkoff, Rebecca Soler, Marc Thompson Verdict: 4/5 Dooku. Once a Jedi Master, now Count ofContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Dooku: Jedi Lost, by Cavan Scott”

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi

–spoilers for The Collapsing Empire and The Consuming Fire- Publisher: Tor Series: The Interdependency (#3) Genre: Space Opera Pages 313 Publication Date: 14/04/2020 Verdict: 5/5 The Interdependency is doomed. With the Flow collapsing, interstellar travel will soon become a thing of the past. Emperox Grayland II stagess a last desperate bid to save as manyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi”

BOOK REVIEW: A Rising Thunder, by David Weber

-Major spoilers abound for all previous books in the Honorverse. Click here for a full index of reviews- Publisher: Baen Series: Honor Harrington (#13) Genre: Military SF/Space Opera Pages: 626 Publication Date: 2012 Verdict: 4/5 War is coming. Though they have made peace with their ancient foes in Haven, the Star Empire of Manticore nowContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Rising Thunder, by David Weber”