A weak follow-up, but a highly entertaining and enjoyable space opera. Robinette Broadhead, matured since his time on Sigfrid von Shrink’s couch but still greatly troubled by his final outing from Gateway, sponsors a mission to explore a Heechee food factory in the Oort Cloud. The mission has the potential to solve humanity’s ever-spiralling food … Continue reading They sought a volume of space and filled it with stars – Beyond the Blue Event Horizon review by Sigfrid
Month: April 2016
A novel on the rise of collective consciousness on a galactic scale. Star Maker (1937) is a Science Fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon. The novel is not quite a sequel to the earlier The First and Last Men (1930) but carries over the same future history themes. Where The First and Last Men is the two billion … Continue reading I was a disembodied, wandering view-point – Star Maker review by SilentRoamer
On top of being a highly entertaining and disturbing read, this novel also marks a significant turning point in Dick’s back-catalogue, and is vital reading for any ‘Dickhead’.
Overall the writing is Asimov's usual fare; blunt and workmanlike and readable enough, but where this falls down and other Asimov's stand tall is in their big ideas. The Stars Like Dust does not bring those usual staple of Asimov those big ideas, to the table, which results in my least and indeed Asimov's least favourite novel. It just fell short for me.
Pebble In The Sky is a charming yet mediocre example of golden age sci fi, with a swashbuckling story and an unusually everyday protagonist. The main group of characters are all unlikely heroes - a tailor, an archaeologist, a scientist and his daughter. Part of the charm was Asimov's recognition in the epilogue that he had misunderstood the nature of radiation when writing, rendering the book largely impossible with hindsight.
Time is such a fickle thing, watching the clock tick down to a holiday and the hands seem to move through treacle, when ticking down for a looming deadline they seem rocket fuelled.