Category Archives: sci-fi

Book Review: Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett

I’ve reviewed Only Superhuman, Christopher L. Bennett’s first original novel, over at Escape Pod. I liked it, for the most part.

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Book Review: “Ghosts of Engines Past” by Sean McMullen

Read my latest book review here. Book Review: Ghosts of Engines Past by Sean McMullen

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Book Review: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

Every now and then, a book comes along with a great premise and solid execution that a lot of people like and recommend with great gusto. Ready Player One by Ernest Kline is such a book. And it is good … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man” by Jonathan C. Gillespie

I’m not a huge fan of military SF. But I am a fan of post-apocalyptic SF. I’m not a huge fan of augmented-humanity SF. But I am a fan of humans-aren’t-the-most-powerful-people-in-the-universe SF. So when author Jonathan C. Gillespie put out … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Apollo’s Outcasts” by Allen Steele

On the whole, Apollo’s Outcasts is a good book, a fast read, and a story that is accessible not only to the YA audience but to an adult one as well. Allen Steele has been writing for a long time, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Long Earth” by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The main bulk of the story is Lobsang and Joshua traveling westward and discovering the various life-forms that have developed in the Long Earth. As they go, they discover that something is upsetting the higher-order creatures, forcing them eastward (toward … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Ink” by Sabrina Vourvoulias

I do think that Ink and stories like it — such as the film A Day Without A Mexican — do need to be told. Without getting political, I feel confident in saying that the US is getting more and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion”, edited by Mary Alice Money

My review of Joss Whedon: the Complete Companion, a compendium of articles and essays on all of Whedon’s creations (and I mean all), is now on Escape Pod. Read it here. Book Review: “Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion”

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Book Review: “11/22/63” by Stephen King

Book Review: “11/22/63” by Stephen King

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Book Review: “Pirates” by Nobilis Reed

Nobilis Reed is a good writer — he really gets into his characters’ heads, which is all the more difficult when the story is told via first-person-limited perspective. I just felt that the first 50-60 percent of the book didn’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Embassytown” by China Mieville

Unlike Kraken, Embassytown doesn’t force the reader to perform mental gymnastics to keep up with Mieville’s use of language. However, the book did take me quite a while to get through. There’s a lot to absorb, and a lot of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Scouts” by Nobilis Reed

Warp drive. Hyperspeed. Folding space. Immersion. The Infinite Improbability Drive. Read five different pieces of science fiction and you’re guaranteed to find five different propulsion methods with five different names. But one thing I can guarantee is that you’ve never … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Blind Man’s Bluff” by Peter David

For fourteen years, David has been sharing with us the adventures of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the U.S.S. Excalibur — his unorthodox style, his unorthodox crew, his unorthodox worldview. In fact, if New Frontier had a single word to describe … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ever since the success of Bacigalupi’s Windup Girl, I’ve been meaning to read both it and Ship Breaker. It turns out I finished the latter almost a year to the day since it was released. I’m not sure how it … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Seize the Fire” by Michael A. Martin

Book Review: “Seize the Fire” by Michael A. Martin

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Book Review: “Soft Apocalypse” by Will McIntosh

Apocalypse fiction has been around for many years, usually in the form of a cataclysmic event — asteroid impact, nuclear bomb, giant space squid — that destroys a good chunk of the entire planet and leaves the survivors to fend … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Dancing with Bears” by Michael Swanwick

Book Review: “Dancing with Bears” by Michael Swanwick

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Book Review: “Paths of Disharmony” by Dayton Ward

Book Review: “Paths of Disharmony” by Dayton Ward

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Book Review: “Rough Beasts of Empire” by David R. George III

Book Review: “Rough Beasts of Empire” by David R. George III

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Book Review: “Zero Sum Game” by David Mack

Book Review: “Zero Sum Game” by David Mack

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