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Science Fiction

Book Review: Lightless by C. A. Higgins

by Boreas

Del Rey (Sept, 2015), Cover by David G. Stevenson   Caitlin A. Higgins’ ‘hard sf’ Lightless (2015) is a solid, first novel that engrosses from the get-go. It balances scientific speculation with developed main characters in a tense, claustrophobic and psychologically thrilling drama. Whilst Higgins covers familiar ground in her exploration of SFnal themes, she does so […]

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Book Review: Unforgettable by Eric James Stone

by Boreas

Baen (Jan, 2016), Cover by Kurt Miller   Whilst the plot of Eric James Stone’s Unforgettable (2016) might sound like a cliché one is liable to find in any old espionage novel with a gimmicky hook to reel the reader in, it works, and it works wonderfully. The conceit, that a man is completely forgettable […]

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Book Review: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Orbit (May, 2012), Cover by Kirk Benshoff   Science fiction was always a large part of my ‘golden age’ of reading as Michael Dirda once put it, and I find it’s remained a large part of my adult life, too. I love it for its visions of the future. These prognostications are the essence of […]

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Book Review: Edda by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2011), Cover by Tony Sahara   Reading Edda requires familiarity with both Epic and Saga, and this write-up will contain plot details from the preceding volumes of the Avatar Chronicles trilogy. Reviews for Epic and Saga, however, can be read without fear of spoilers. ————— Conor Kostick started an extremely entertaining trilogy for juveniles with Epic, his opener […]

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Book Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

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Harper Voyager U.K. (Apr, 2015), Cover by Jamie Jones   Quests are ubiquitous in all cultures. Joseph Campbell carefully explained the hows and whys of every major story being a quest, a hero’s journey in some form or the other. Peter Newman’s The Vagrant (2015) is another quest narrative and follows the format of Campbell’s monomyth to a […]

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Armada by Ernest Cline, a Philippic

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Crown Publishing | July 2015 | Cover by Russell Walks   Knowing full well the futility of eliminating bias in the appraisal of books one reads, I’ve at least attempted to present balanced and reasonable outlines of my thoughts and impressions on my book write-ups for this blog at BSFB. I’m going to discard any such attempt at […]

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Book Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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Bantam Spectra (Jul, 1992), Cover by Tim Jacobus   The Domesday Book was the first comprehensive survey ordained by William the Bastard after his conquering of England in the eleventh century. It was an extremely invaluable resource for historians and economists and so very comprehensive that nothing like it was ever attempted again until the […]

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Book Review: Saga by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2009), Cover by Tony Sahara   While Conor Kostick’s Epic was a fun sword-and-sorcery adventure in a virtual gaming environment, this sequel in the Avatar Chronicles trilogy, Saga (2008), is a wholly different beast. Its scope extends far beyond the MMORPG themes its predecessor was limited by, although, in hindsight, Kostick did set up the […]

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Book Review: Epic by Conor Kostick

by Boreas

Firebird (2008), Cover by Tony Sahara   There’s a certain kind of appeal in the idea of conflict resolution through a sophisticated virtual medium, especially when conflicts have a tendency towards real, physical violence. An environment that eliminates the crutch of physical inadequacies by providing the same starting point for all makes vis-à-vis encounters in […]

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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

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Tachyon Publications / June, 2015 / Cover by Thomas Canty   Slow Bullets (2015) is a mystery, the kind where science is used to shed some light on the superbly engrossing puzzle presented and without devolving into technical minutiae. It’s also a character study of a group of humans trying desperately to retain whatever shreds of societal cohesion […]

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