Despite the flaws that have become apparent in the intervening years, at its core ‘Space Cadet’ offers a good space adventure for new readers. Continue reading ‘Space Cadet’ by Robert A. Heinlein – My First Real Science Fiction Novel
All the John Grimes stories I have read so far are written with a joyful enthusiasm. Continue reading “The Road to the Rim” by A. Bertram Chandler: Adventure in High Space
Agency is Gibson at his best. Continue reading Agency by William Gibson – A Timeline in Crisis
Mars has long held a fascination for humans and authors have used this fascination with great effect. From H. G. Wells‘ Martian invaders in The War of the Worlds to Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Barsoom to the myriad of modern books and films where Mars either place a central or peripheral role. Now Andy Weir has given us Mars as a science thriller in The Martian (2011). I say science thriller because although there are elements of science fiction surrounding the story, in actuality the world Andy Weir portrays is only slightly more advanced than our world today. The science for … Continue reading The Martian by Andy Weir is the Science Thriller You Must Read
About a fortnight ago I came across an interview with Science Fiction Grandmaster Samuel R. ‘Chip’ Delany over at SF Signal. What prompted this interview was the re-release of Delany’s three of his earliest novels in omnibus form. Now I am a huge fan of Delany’s science fiction works, but like many of us, I’m only acquainted with his more famous works like Triton (1976), Nova (1968), Dahlgren (1975), etc. I had not read his earliest works. After reading the interview I decided it was time to correct this shortcoming. Fortunately, Delany’s very first novel, The Jewels of Aptor (1962) … Continue reading The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delany. Echoing Future Greatness.