Somewhere within every review that I write of Eric Brown’s work usually appears a statement that he has [yet again] failed to disappoint me and this collection of eight interlinked short works is yet another superb example of this. This book showcases an author who writes consistently good science fiction and the stories overflow with so many of the ingredients which make up supremely entertaining yarns.
Project 77 is a collaboration between extremely talented professional artist Martin Deschambault and the publishing division of ArtStation, a showcase platform for games, film, media and entertainment artists. The quality of the artwork is second to none, to say the very least, the pieces merging together superbly giving the reader a tantalizing glimpse into a supremely fascinating universe.
English author Ian Whates has been around for a while now as a publisher, editor and author and I’ve been meaning to give one of his offerings a crack for some time, especially since he has been responsible for publishing stories from a few of my firm favourite sci-fi writers like Peter F. Hamilton & Eric Brown. Based on this, I naturally assumed that maybe Whates has the same good taste as me (IMHO) and finally sought out some of his own work. What caught my eye first was Pelquin’s Comet, a shortish novel and the first in a (so far) two-part series called The Dark Angels. It turns out that it’s a bloody good story, spinning my wheels up pretty good and arousing my imagination wonderfully because it’s brimming with many solid sci-fi tropes and elements.
Alien “invasion”, while not a new concept, has been a tried and true science fiction trope since the genre came to be. Many sci-fi authors have had a go at it at some stage because the arrival to Earth of a spectacular fleet of starships carrying more advanced beings will always be a cracking foundation for a story. In Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke applies his great mind to the idea and the result is a thoughtful tale, academic and philosophical, offering a possible outcome to the evolutionary journey of mankind.
This is the second book of a series that deserves to be recognized because it’s quality hard sci-fi which is well written and superbly plotted. The author’s personality and wit shine through in his style and those of you who saw my review of the first book of the series We Are Legion (We Are Bob) will know that I made comparisons with the writing of John Scalzi, one of the biggest names in contemporary sci-fi literature. I dare say that Dennis E. Taylor could also be destined for grand things just like Scalzi. This Bobiverse series so far has been a refreshing and fun injection of style into what has often seemed to me as a rather dry and dull sub-genre of science fiction.
Eternity’s Mind (Saga of Shadows #3) by Kevin J. Anderson My rating: 4.6 out of 5 Bringing to a conclusion a superb science-fantasy space opera epic, Eternity’s Mind delivers much more of that we’ve seen in the previous books of the Saga of Shadows (see my reviews of books one and two). Told in the same…
Acadie by Dave Hutchinson My rating: 4.3 out of 5Recently I have been taking a greater interest in shorter forms of fiction, and I’ve been seeing this novella rate well, so it was a simple choice to have a look for myself. It’s just over 100 pages in paperback form with an interesting storyline and…