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.
At the end of another year I wanted to summarise my reading related activities but rather than go into specific musings I decided to do a by the numbers approach and just detail some stats and figures.
Star Wars is back! It's been 32 years since Return of the Jedi and finally we have a sequel - a continuation of the Original Trilogy set roughly 30 years after the events of RotJ. Episode 7 always had its work cut out following the lacklustre and generally ill thought of prequels if it was to … Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – A Review by SilentRoamer
SilentRoamer: Firstly, thanks for submitting Inish Carraig for review, it was an enjoyable read and thanks for taking the time for this interview. Jo Zebedee: It was a pleasure to be asked and to receive such a thoughtful review. SR: I wanted to get a bit more information on the person behind the work. What would you say your … Continue reading An interview with Jo Zebedee by SilentRoamer
Inish Carraig is the second self published e-book from Jo Zebedee, author of Abendau's Heir, first book in The Inheritance Trilogy which has recently been picked up for publication. The plot is mostly tight and well paced, while the writing is gritty and delves into the motivations and emotional states of the characters with a subtle and nuanced touch. The characters are believable and feel worthy of emotional investment.
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is a 1974 militaristic science fiction novel which won the 1975 Nebula Award and 1976 Hugo and Locus Awards. The novel tells the personal war story of William Mandella and the developing interstellar war between Man and the Taurans.