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 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
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
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
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
It's been a while since I read Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire (2006), The Well of Ascension (2007) and The Hero of Ages (2008)) and this is the first review of a book or in this case trilogy that hasn't been a fairly recent read. The Mistborn trilogy is followed by another trilogy which is … Continue reading Mistborn Trilogy – A review by SilentRoamer
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
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.