Category Archives: Science Fiction

Anomaly by Skip Brittenham My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anomaly is a rather large format book, spanning the width of at least 2 1/2 to 3 hardcover books, which makes it a bit unwieldy while reading it. I couldn’t exactly carry it on the bus with me. But, what’s inside seems to justify the … Continue reading

The Phoenix War by Richard Sanders My rating: 3 of 5 stars The fourth book in the Phoenix series, this one continues the story right where it left off in the Phoenix Crisis. As I’ve stated in reviews of previous books in the series, this is not bringing anything novel to the science fiction genre; … Continue reading

Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon by James Benford My rating: 4 of 5 stars Starship Century is a collection of science and science fiction focused on both what it would take to reach the stars and what it might be to journey on such voyages. It’s writers include all-stars in both the and science … Continue reading

Permanence by Karl Schroeder My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a top notch sci-fi read, blending new ideas with a classic feel, and has immediately catapulted Karl Schroeder into my favorite authors list. This book falls into the category of hard sci-fi, but with interesting characters, a well thought out story, and … Continue reading

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds My rating: 4 of 5 stars Alastair Reynolds is most popular for his hard sci-fi opera type books, but with this one he takes a slight deviation and brings some new elements to the story. Here you’ll find a mix of steampunk, mystery, angels, airships, cyborgs, and a strange tower, … Continue reading

Blackstar Act One: Purified by Joshua Viola My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a fun cyberpunk sci-fi story from the combined talents of a good musician and a solid writer. This book is really a novella that will have additional episodes coming in the future, so don’t expect to know the final outcome … Continue reading

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kim Stanley Robinson’s books are full of big questions and big ideas, and 2312 does not disappoint in this regard. This look into humanity’s future 300 years from now brushes on many topics, ranging from sexual identification to artificial intelligence, to space habitats and … Continue reading

The Long War by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is book number two in the Long Earth series, a tale about parallel universes that can be accessed by ‘stepping’ sideways. This series has grown on me more and more as I’ve read it. It is more than just a story about … Continue reading

The Phoenix Crisis by Richard L. Sanders My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the third book in Richard L.Sanders’ Phoenix series, and like the previous two my biggest complaint is that he really needs a good editor to go through the work before publishing; the spelling and grammar mistakes get annoying after a … Continue reading

Out of the Dark by David Weber My rating: 3 of 5 stars I liked the initial premise of this book because it was a slight twist on the classic alien invasion of Earth story.But admittedly, there were a few things that made some of the story difficult to get through, or could have been … Continue reading

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