Arrival (Theatrical Science Fiction Movie, 2016). This film, based on a story by Ted Chang, one of the very best of the younger generation of SF authors, earned a fistful of Academy Award nominations. It won in one technical category (sound) and could’ve easily earned more. If it wasn’t that year’s actual Best Picture, it was […]Read more "FILM REVIEW: Arrival"
Future Days edited by (Science Fiction Anthology, 2018). This book of all-new Science Fiction contains 17 stories by as many authors. I found the anthology a bit uneven, which is only to be expected. I will only provide comments about the works that struck me as among the best. But I want to stress right up […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Future Days"
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (SF novel, 2018). This author’s third SF novel mostly takes place during the final events of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. In this universe, humans long ago fled an environmentally destroyed Earth in a fleet of enormous generational ships. This is by no means a new idea, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Record of a Spaceborn Few"
Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport (YA/SF Novel, May 2018). I class this one as YA SF mainly because the lead character, Oichi, is herself a young adult. She’s a common worker (a ‘worm’ to use the insulting local venacular) aboard a generational starship over a century into a sublight voyage to what those aboard hope will […]Read more "REVIEWED: Medusa Uploaded"
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This impressive first novel takes the aspects of a very familiar science fictional trope and uses them as metaphor for the exploration of past and present-day injustices. The trope in question is the generational spaceship, fleeing an Earth ruined by human greed and/or stupidity at relativistic […]Read more "REVIEWED: An Unkindness of Ghosts"
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars Novel, 2017). This entry in Del Rey Books’ series of tie-in books concludes a trilogy of original novels by Wendig. They follow The Return of the Jedi but come well before The Force Awakens in the chronology of the ever-growing franchise canon. It shows the final (suitably violent) collapse […]Read more "REVIEWED: Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End"
The Dark Light-Years by Brian Aldiss (Science Fiction Novel, 1964). Aldiss, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction’s New Wave, recently died. This inspired me to dig out my somewhat ancient paperback copy of this novel to reread (after multiple decades). It’s very brief as novels go today (128 pages in my Signet paperback edition) […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Dark Light Years"