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: 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 found … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Redemption of Time, by Baoshu

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 the … Continue 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 Remembrance … Continue 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 fifteenth … Continue reading PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019