Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and filmsContinue reading “Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)”

Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

I saw Dark Eden advertised in SFX magazine a few years ago and added it to my mental wish list. It sounded my sort of thing and I eventually bought it on Kindle. A tale of strange alien worlds and life forms, exotic yet hostile, beautiful yet problematic about a small colony trying to survive.Continue reading “Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett”

Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 6

Carrying on the story with part 6. If you’ve missed the others, never fear. Here they are… Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 He looked vaguely unimpressed considering we were identical people – well aside from the fact that he carried a little bit more weight around the middle. He lookedContinue reading “Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 6”

What is “New Space Opera”?

… there are plenty of American writers who, like the Brits [list of names provided] have been engaged in reinventing and refurbishing space opera’s cherished but almost fatally tarnished and rusted tropes. In short, the New Space Opera is more of a confluence than a movement: a wide range of writers working on a broadContinue reading “What is “New Space Opera”?”

The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars: Thoughts on War of the Worlds

Do you “believe” in life on other planets? I don’t but only because – in this case – “belief” is irrelevant. People used to believe that this planet was the centre of the solar system. The fact that this hypothesis was violently enforced does not make it true. What matters is the evidence and theContinue reading “The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars: Thoughts on War of the Worlds”

Anti SciFi Snobbery is Still a Thing

Sadly, and despite that the genre is far more mainstream today than it has ever been, crossing age and gender and social class divides, people still misunderstand and misrepresent what it is. I am in a book reading group on Facebook. Most of the members are middle aged women and most of the books discussedContinue reading “Anti SciFi Snobbery is Still a Thing”

Book Review: Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton

I’ve waited a long time to read anything by one of the new masters of sci-fi and of British sci-fi. I purchased this collection of short stories several years ago; around the same time, I also purchased The Reality Dysfunction which I hope to read soon. This will be a review of Hamilton’s working styleContinue reading “Book Review: Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton”

Snippet Sunday 10/5/15(2): Dwarf Star Part 8 (Finale)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 A wave of air passed through the tunnel and swept over the crowd, signalling the arrival of the metro. He found the high-pitched humming comforting as the maglev train slid gracefully into view. Looking left and then right he stopped forward toContinue reading “Snippet Sunday 10/5/15(2): Dwarf Star Part 8 (Finale)”

Snippet Sunday 10/5/15 (1): Dwarf Star Part 7

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 Here’s part 7. Because I missed posting anything last Sunday, I will post the finale later today. Enjoy this penultimate part of the story! ‘Yes,’ she sighed. ‘My grandmother recorded everything I did, with one small exception. None of the footage she sent backContinue reading “Snippet Sunday 10/5/15 (1): Dwarf Star Part 7”