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Archive for the 'Science Fiction' Category

Review: The Dragonlover’s Guide To Pern by Jody Lyn Nye (with Anne McCaffrey)

• August 6, 2016

The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern by Jody Lynn Nye My rating: 4 of 5 stars I loved the Pern series when I was a kid (still do, in fact) and it was one one of my go-to feel-good series for many years. This slim volume bought back many happy memories of the books (only reread […]


Review: Sci-Fi Chonicles by Guy Haley (ed.)

• June 19, 2016

Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction by Guy Haley My rating: 4 of 5 stars A really handy guidebook that covers almost every multi-media franchise in the genre that you might care to name. I’m assuming that’s why authors like C. J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold, Samuel R. Delany and […]


Review: Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russel T. Davies and Benjamin Cook

• June 18, 2016

Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russell T. Davies My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are any number of books on writing that detail how to go about it. I’ve read more than my fair share of them, seeking advice on how to spark up my own literary offerings (hint: the only advice that […]


A Book Ian Likes: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

• April 22, 2014

Imagine a world in which television corporations control the news and the way in which people partake of information. A world where children kill one another in their schools and nothing is done to prevent it; where police chases are televised; in which people feel closer to characters in bland soap operas than to members […]


A Series Ian Likes: The Dragonriders Of Pern

• April 29, 2013

They’re fantasy’s most beloved megafauna. Feared for their deadly flame, famed for their miserliness, they have somehow come to be a symbol for the magical and wondrous places inside our heads. Anne McCaffrey managed to combine the more fearsome aspects with the noblest when she created the series that she is most famous for back […]


Review: The Stainless Steel Rat Omnibus by Harry Harrison

• April 24, 2013

The Stainless Steel Rat Omnibus by Harry Harrison (This review first appeared in The Specusphere, February 2009) James Bolivar “Slippery Jim” diGriz is a criminal of the far future. He robs banks, defrauds governments and corporations, picks pockets and short-changes obnoxious taxi drivers. He is also an agent of the Special Corps, an intergalactic police […]


Review: The Disestablishment Of Paradise by Phillip Mann

• April 2, 2013

Phillip Mann is an Englishman living in New Zealand. His previous novels have been excellent, though not always entirely to my taste. He does, however, always give the reader plenty of thoughtful material to work with. His latest novel, The Disestablishment Of Paradise, is billed as an ecological thriller in the vein of Avatar and […]


Review: Spirit by Gwyneth Jones

• April 1, 2013

(This review appeared in The Specusphere in March 2009) Spirit, or The Princess Of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones Gwyneth Jones is the winner of multiple awards and the author of many acclaimed novels, both as herself and her YA alter-ego Ann Halam. She is most famous for her Bold As Love series of dystopian […]


Blake’s 7: The Audio Adventures

• March 30, 2013

I am a monstrous fan of the original run of Blake’s 7, the space opera that ran from 1977 to 1981. How big a fan? Well, I have all three novelisations by Trevor Hoyle. I have a huge collection of videos from the early 90s as well as a couple of the compilations that the […]