Never Gonna Give EU Up: 7 Of The Best Expanded Universe Star Wars Novels

From the moment Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy was published, the Star Wars universe was never the same again. The Expanded Universe that developed over the next two decades was an intricate place home to many of the stories that fostered my love of science fiction. But with over a hundred books to choose from, the timelineContinue reading “Never Gonna Give EU Up: 7 Of The Best Expanded Universe Star Wars Novels”

Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021

2020 was a rough year for most, but definitely for science fiction. A lot of industries ground to a halt, meaning that many of this year’s expected releases have been ushed back to 2021. On the plus side, that means next year is going to be absolutely packed with science fiction goodies. Here’s just aContinue reading “Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021”

TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2

–Season 1 review located here– Starring: Pedro Pascal Episodes: 8 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: Disney+ First Aired: 2020 Verdict: 5/5 Look at social media and you’ll see a common theme emerging: The Mandalorian has saved Star Wars. Now, I don’t really think Star Wars needed saving, but there is no denying the popularity of StarContinue reading “TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 2”


I think we can all agree that 2020 has been quite a remarkable year. Most of the news has been on the negative end of the spectrum, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that. But while we have all been trapped indoors as a result of society collapsing around us, we’veContinue reading “BOUNDY AWARDS 2020”

AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn

-This review contains some minor spoilers. Proceed with caution- Genre: Space Opera Publisher: Penguin Runtime: 5hrs 35m Release Date: 21/07/2020 Cast: Emily Woo Zeller, Jonathan Davies, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Sean Kenin, Nicole Lewis, Carol Monda, Euan Morton, Catherine Taber, Marc Thompson Verdict: 5/5 Dr Chelli Lona Aphra is used to living dangerously. After all, theContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn”

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”

OUT OF ALIGNMENT: Cultural Morality in RPGs

Good and Evil, particularly in the context of Good versus Evil, has been a mainstay of roleplaying games since the very beginning. There are multiple very good reasons for this, not the least of which is that Good and Evil are concepts which go back right to the very earliest storytelling cultures. As a generalContinue reading “OUT OF ALIGNMENT: Cultural Morality in RPGs”

TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, Season 1

Starring: Pedro Pascal Episodes: 8 Genre: Space Opera Broadcaster: Disney+ First Aired: 2020(UK), 2019(US) Verdict: 5/5 It took a long time to get here, but at long last we have a live-action Star Wars TV show. If nothing else, we can thank Disney for that. The sequel trilogy may have been controversial, but there areContinue reading “TV REVIEW: The Mandalorian, 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”


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”