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Review: The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke

• January 23, 2017

Sentinel/the Tr by Arthur C. Clarke My rating: 3 of 5 stars A pretty good collection of stories: only a couple of them have the “zinger” punchline that annoyed me in Of Time And Stars and it’s used effectively in one of them. There’s only one story that relies on some sort of esoteric science […]


A Book Ian Likes: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

• January 9, 2017

For many years, Arthur C. Clarke held the belief that a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only unnecessary but also impossible. So it was a surprise for many when 2010: Odyssey Two was published. Certainly it was an unneeded sequel, but it manages to extend and explain many of the events of […]


Review: 2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

• December 31, 2016

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The thing’s hollow – it goes on forever – and – oh my God – it’s full of stars” I’ve been rereading this book for over thirty years now and this is the first time I noticed the significance of the […]


Review: The Proteus Operation by James P. Hogan

• December 20, 2016

The Proteus Operation by James P. Hogan My rating: 3 of 5 stars I remember this being a really exciting and fast-moving alt-history thriller when I first read it. It’s still exciting but it’s not exactly fast-moving. It’s a great story: a team from 1975 gets sent back to 1939 to try and change history […]


Review: The Outward Urge by John Wyndham

• October 25, 2016

The Outward Urge by John Wyndham My rating: 3 of 5 stars Not indicative of the wider Wyndham canon but probably the most ambitious in scope of all his books. It’s the story of 200 years in the lives of a spacefaring family at the awkward birth of a future history spanning the inner solar […]


Review: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

• October 24, 2016

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham My rating: 4 of 5 stars You know the drill: the women of the sleepy village of Midwich wake up and find themselves pregnant with identical children who are a bit weird. Hilarity ensues. Well, not quiet, but it is a strange story. Mr Wyndham takes his comfortable formula […]


Review: The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

• October 24, 2016

The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is probably my favourite of Mr Wyndham’s novels despite its shortcomings. The good, first. It’s a great idea: aliens or creatures from beneath the sea marauding the coastlines of the world for some reasons that are never really made clear, then terraforming […]


Review: The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

• September 11, 2016

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Long Earth comes to a conclusion – well, the book does, as the final chapter suggests that there are more stories to be told in this setting. I will admit that I will miss the setting far more than I will miss […]


Review: The English Way Of Death by Gareth Roberts

• August 27, 2016

The English Way of Death by Gareth Roberts My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pretty ordinary: a whole lot of promising ideas weave themselves into a coherent and interesting story but just fail to grab my interest. I liked the structure of the story, the fact that it contains my favourite Tardis Team and how […]


Review: The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham

• August 7, 2016

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham My rating: 5 of 5 stars As with all Wyndham novels, it’s only the occasional contemporary reference that lets you know you’re in the past. It feels astonishingly modern, even (depressingly) down to the debates about the role of women in a future that will take a […]