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"
The Beach Head by Christopher Mari. (Christian SF Novel, 2017). This one is an explicitly Christian-based post-Apocalypse in science fictional form. Our main characters, John and Kendra, are officers with New Philadelphia’s Defense Forces. This great walled city houses what inhabitants believe to be the last surviving remnants of the human race. We’re told that, as per the Book […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Beach Head"
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson (SF Novel/First of Trilogy, 2017). This, the first book in the Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy, is a rollicking space opera adventure of the relatively near future (the main body of the novel is set in earth year 2213). It bears comparison to much of Heinlein’s classic juveniles–both […]Read more "REVIEWED: Last Day on Mars"
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez (Near-Future Techno-Thriller, 2017). In this high-stakes and high-tech thriller Daniel Suarez peers not quite 30 years into the future. He foresees 2045 as a world where a combination of global warming, ubiquitous 3D printing technology, ultra-cheap robotic mechanization and in particular a revolution in genetic manipulation has radically restructured the human […]Read more "REVIEWED: Change Agent"
For Love and Glory by Poul Anderson. (SF Novel, 2003). Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the last surviving Big Name Writers of that bunch of authors who gave the world the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was of the hard-science school of thought overall and won pretty much every award the field had […]Read more "REVIEWED: For love and Glory"
Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. (SF Novel, 2016). The latest in the seemingly endless series of sequels, prequels and spin-offs from the magnificent SF creation of Frank Herbert, Navigators of Dune is set some 10,000 years prior to the groundbreaking classic original. It’s also the concluding volume in a series-within-the-series about the Great […]Read more "REVIEWED: Navigators of Dune"
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. (SF Novel, 2014). This first novel is a good, adventuresome space opera. A bright young woman who now calls herself Rosemary Harper has fled her native Mars (escaping a scandal not of her making). She’s taken a job aboard the Wayfarer, a spaceship that travels the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet"