Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the Space Opera 2019 Challenge. Wow, what a stunning book! I was thoroughly enamoured of the prequel to this, The Forge of God. I thought it was a brilliantly written apocalyptic epic, full of twists and turns and intrigue and enough […]Read more "Book Review: Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear"
The Forge of God by Greg Bear My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the Apocalypse 2019 Reading Challenge. Method of the world’s destruction: Unknown aliens using a combination of self-replicating nuclear explosions to shatter the Earth’s crust at the tectonic faults, while superdense compressed matter and anti-matter come together at the Earth’s core […]Read more "Book Review: The Forge of God by Greg Bear"
VALIS by Philip K. Dick My rating: 2 of 5 stars Read for the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club. I gotta tell ya, I’ve read enough PKD on the SF Masterworks imprint list by now (holy sh*t, FOURTEEN PKD books on this list and NOT ONE Lois McMaster Bujold?! Are you people out of your […]Read more "Book Review: VALIS by Philip K. Dick"
Cauldron of Ghosts by David Weber My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoy this series. When Weber and Eric Flint get together, they are better than the sum of their parts. Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki are best appreciated as a superspy buddy comedy, something like Lethal Weapon with spies in space. This […]Read more "Book Review: Cauldron of Ghosts by David Weber & Eric Flint"
Jem by Frederik Pohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read for the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club. This book was absorbing, interesting, and kept me picking it up to see what would happen next. It was also joyless, cynical, and depressing in a way that makes A Song of Ice and Fire seem hopeful […]Read more "Book Review: Jem: The Making of a Utopia by Frederik Pohl"
I’m re-reading the last ten books in the Honorverse space opera series by David Weber in true chronological order. That is to say, I am reading it all as if it were one big story, not several separate books, in the order in which the events described took place (as much as possible.) I will […]Read more "A True Chronological Reading of the Last 10 Honorverse Books, Part 5 @DavidWeberBooks"
By Brendon Specktor When the universe’s largest stars run out of fuel and die, they explode in technicolor tsunamis of gas and dust that can stretch on into space for dozens of light-years. To see the full array of cosmic colors left behind by a star gone supernova, you generally need some pretty sophisticated telescopes […]Read more "Soar Through the Heart of a Neutron Star"