Category: Reviews

Are we there yet? – Passengers movie review by ChunkyBanjo

Are we there yet? – Passengers movie review by ChunkyBanjo

The spaceship Avalon is bound for Homestead II, a new world full of back-to-basics prospects beyond the gleaming megacities of Earth. The journey will take 120 years, so the 5,000 passengers and 259 crew remain suspended in hibernation pods until four months before they reach their destination. That is, aside from Jim (Chris Pratt) who … Continue reading Are we there yet? – Passengers movie review by ChunkyBanjo

WHAT DO YOU SEE…. The Great Ordeal ARC review by SilentRoamer

WHAT DO YOU SEE... The Great Ordeal is the fifth book of R. Scott Bakkers darkly epic Second Apocalypse series, which to date consists of The Prince of Nothing trilogy (The Darkness That Comes Before (2003), The Warrior Prophet (2004) and The Thousandfold Thought (2006)) and the Aspect Emperor tetralogy (The Judging Eye (2009),  (The White Luck … Continue reading WHAT DO YOU SEE…. The Great Ordeal ARC review by SilentRoamer

Why stick with a single reality when you can walk through a multiverse – Halting State review by Sigfrid

It is 2018, and a police officer (Sue), an insurance underwriter (Elaine) and a computer nerd (Jack) are called to Hayek Associates, an Edinburgh-based gaming company that has reported an impossible bank robbery from the central vaults of a MMORPG called Avalon Four. Yet senior management seem distinctly unhappy about all this attention, and when … Continue reading Why stick with a single reality when you can walk through a multiverse – Halting State review by Sigfrid

You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body, temporarily. A Canticle for Leibowitz review by Sigfrid

Undoubtedly an intellectual powerhouse, but it failed to marry this with the compelling narrative that makes a truly great work of fiction. Synopsis: 600 years after society self-destructed in nuclear war, a new dark age has descended. Three short stories depict an obscure monastery attempting to preserve the remnants of civilization by hoarding literature from … Continue reading You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body, temporarily. A Canticle for Leibowitz review by Sigfrid

God is dead; they found his carcass floating in space near Alpha – Our Friends from Frolix 8 review by Sigfrid

Traditionally a novel spends its early sections introducing some form of crisis, and its later sections dealing with the consequences that follow. Philip K Dick has a curious habit of only developing the problem and then signing off, leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination. To date I have found no better examples of this … Continue reading God is dead; they found his carcass floating in space near Alpha – Our Friends from Frolix 8 review by Sigfrid

They sought a volume of space and filled it with stars – Beyond the Blue Event Horizon review by Sigfrid

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

I was a disembodied, wandering view-point – Star Maker review by SilentRoamer

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