Vessel by Lisa A, Nichols (SF Novel, May 2019). This debut novel is another near-future space-adventure. A mysterious disaster has struck the NASA spaceship Sagittarius after it passed through a wormhole to study a distant planet as a possible site for colonization. Out of contact for years, it was long presumed lost. But now it returns via the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Vessel"
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds (SF Novel, March 2019). I’m likely to catch flak from purists by tagging a time travel novel as “hard SF.” But in this case the author has gone all-out to present a fairly rigorous theoretical basis for how it’s achieved. No physical bodies are dispatched to what used to be part of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Permafrost"
Relic by Alan Dean Foster. (Far Future SF Novel, 2018). A veteran and best-selling author published in a wide range of genres, but most famed for his SF work, Alan Dean Foster sets this thoughtful yet exciting book quite far in the distant future. How far distant? Well, the spreading of humanity through space to colonize […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Relic"
Delta-V by Daniel Suarez (Hard SF Novel, 2019). Delta-V is a fine example of high-tech and relentlessly ‘hard science’ near-future adventure. Suarez portrays a variety of environments on earth and in space with consistently sure-handed and detailed writing. He does not skimp on human interactions or get so lost in the plot that characterization is neglected. He opens […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Delta-V"
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson (SF Novel, October 2018). One of the current leaders in ‘hard’ SF, Kim Stanley Robinson turns his eye to our one natural satellite about 30 years in the future. And along with rigorous depictions of various lunar landscapes and how humans react to the moon’s slight gravity, Robinson (as always) […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Red Moon"
Street Freaks by Terry Brooks (SF Novel, October 2018). At some point Brooks, a legendary fantasy author particularly famed for his epic series about Shannara, decided to try his hand at near-future SF. This good, though I’d respectfully say not great, novel is the result. Los Angeles has become even more of a sprawling mega-city than […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Street Freaks"
Rewrite by Gregory Benford (SF/Time Travel Novel, 2018). A much-honored and old-school SF writer, Gregory Benford built a considerable reputation for works of a “hard science” nature. As such, some readers and critics were doubtless surprised when, in the 1970s, he produced Timescape. In general, time travel books are considered prime examples of the less-than-realistic sort of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Rewrite"