BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings

Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Various Pages: 997 Publication Date: 10/12/2020 Verdict: 3/5 Robots. Androids. Machines. Mechanical men. Sometimes they come as conquerors, sometimes they are our slaves. Whether they are the ultimate other, or a reflection of our own desires, robots have a long history in science fiction. Here are one hundred stories fromContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We, Robots, edited by Simon Ings”

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 whoContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu”

BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption of Time, by Baoshu

Translator: Ken Liu Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Space Opera Series: Remembrance of Earth’s Past (4) Pages: 339 Publication Date: 16/07/2019 (this translation) Rating: 4/5   When Earth sent the brain of Yun Tianming into space, they had no idea what the result would be. Tortured and brutalised by the Trisolarans, Yun Tianming eventually foundContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption of Time, by Baoshu”

BOOK REVIEW: Waste Tide, by Chen Qiufan

Publisher: Head of Zeus Translator: Ken Liu Genre: Tomorrow Fiction Pages: 347 Publication Date: 30/04/2019 Verdict: 4/5 In the mid twenty-first century, Silicon Isle is China’s polluted shame – where half the world comes to dump their refuse. But there is more than just waste here. There are people, and there is hope . .Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Waste Tide, by Chen Qiufan”

BOOK REVIEW: Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu (translated by Joel Martinsen)

Publisher: Head of Zeus Series: Standalone (ish) Genre: Hard SF (ish) Pages: 479 Publication Date: 09/08/2018 (Chinese Edition 2004) Verdict: 4/5 When Chen witnesses a natural phenomenon kill his parents on his fourteenth birthday, he knows it will change his life. Little does he realise how much his obsession with ball lightning will change theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu (translated by Joel Martinsen)”

BOOK REVIEW: Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu

Publisher: Head of Zeus Series: Standalone Genre: Various Pages: 479 Publication Date: 19/02/19 Verdict: 5/5   Sixteen short stories from Chinese SF, translated and collected by Ken Liu   Between Clarkesworld, Tor and Head of Zeus, there’s never been a better time for an English-speaking reader to get into Chinese SF than now. Cixin Liu’s RemembranceContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu”

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”


Here’s the thing: A good story is a good story, regardless of context. That’s why you can enjoy a Lovecraft story without being a frothing-at-the-mouth, anti-semitic, homophobic racist. But this opinion piece isn’t about the separation of art from artist, that’s for another time. Today I want to talk about canon. The 2015 release ofContinue reading “CANON, CONTINUITY & CONTROVERSY”