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”

STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek

It’s been 54 years since Star Trek debuted on televison, and it has been with us in one form or another pretty much solidly since then. But for those who aren’t yet invested, a franchise with almost a thousand episodes can be daunting. Don’t worry though, because almost every episode can be watched with veryContinue reading “STAR TREK DAY 2020: Why You Should Watch Star Trek”

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 ofContinue reading “TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard, Season 1”

LET’S SEE THEM ALIENS: The Fermi Paradox & The Kardashev Scale

Aliens have been a part of science fiction for a very long time. You only need to look the success of Star Wars and Star Trek to see this. Both franchises suggest a galaxy teeming with alien life, from the cellular level to interstellar empires. Aliens that could be anything from a human with aContinue reading “LET’S SEE THEM ALIENS: The Fermi Paradox & The Kardashev Scale”


As we head into the futuristic space year 2020, it’s time to look ahead at what sort of SF we’re going to be treated to. This list is by no means comprehensive, as I’m not the omniscient superbeing I’d like to be. But here’s a sampling of what we can look forward to. All datesContinue reading “THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Upcoming SF in 2020”

Boundy Awards 2019

Today marks a full year since I started this blog. While there have been times it felt more like a chore than a hobby, overall it’s been fun. It’s brought me into conversation with both creators and fans from across the SF community, and I know at least one person has picked up a bookContinue reading “Boundy Awards 2019”


Last Friday, I ran a session of Star Wars Saga. It did not go well. For one thing, the rules are so complicated it makes Pathfinder look like D&D 5E. leaving aside my own GMing style, I can’t see how anyone can be expected to learn every feature of a ruleset so sprawling. Then there’sContinue reading “A BARREN WASTELAND: The State of SF RPGs”

PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019

Another year approaches, bringing with it a buffet of science fictional delights. Here are some that I’m particularly looking forward to. January 10 The Shadow Captain – Alastair Campbell I have a rocky relationship with Campbell’s writing, but this sequel to Revenger already has me intrigued. January 12 The Anarch – Dan Abnett The fifteenthContinue reading “PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019”