[imdb_movie_detail title=”Logan” detail=”plot”] Logan has always been my favourite X-men1 . Not that I’ve read a huge number of the comics, I haven’t, but in the way back far off days of my childhood I did watch the cartoons. And back then Logan would usually have been my head-fanfic character, followed by Storm, and then […]

Six Wakes

I first heard about Six Wakes on Kameron Hurley’s blog. And then on John Scalzi’s Big Idea, and I thought it sounded intriguing. So I went ahead and ordered it. And then I read about it on The Book Smugglers, and I thought, right I’d better read this one. And then it arrived in the […]

Ninefox Gambit

Machineries of Empire ; book 1 …the battle of wits between a disgraced captain and her undead advisor, a brilliant tactician and mass murderer who might be out to kill her next. (as described by the author on Terrible Minds) I tend not to read/listen to reviews before I read a book. I skim the […]

The Virtual Swallows of Hog Island

In “The Virtual Swallows of Hog Island,” a programmer finds himself working for the self-proclaimed “Bad-Boy of Virtual-Reality Therapy.” While his boss is breaking new ground and breaking the rules and his coworkers are engaging in questionable uses of the latest technology, the lonely programmer is in a state of mourning over his deep personal […]

The Moment

In 2010 “The Moment” was nominated for the Hugo Award in the Best Short Story category. Over the course of millions of years, a wide range of alien intelligences visit the mark of a footprint on the moon, ponder its significance, getting it wrong until the very end. (Blurb from Goodreads This is one of […]

A Closed and Common Orbit

Wayfarers ; #2 Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s […]

The heart goes last

Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every […]

Way down dark

The Australia trilogy : book 1 There’s one truth on Australia: You fight or you die. Usually both. Seventeen-year-old Chan’s ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home. They never found one. The only life that Chan’s ever known is one of violence, of fighting. Of trying to […]

A matter of oaths

Available for free from the author’s website : http://www.arkessian.com/ The patrolship Bhattya is looking for a new member of staff, and Rafe appears to be the man for the job. But then rumour reaches them that he has been mind-wiped for Oath-breaking. A terrible crime, because the Oaths between the Emperors and the Guild are […]

The red : first light

Book 1 in The Red trilogy ; part of my 2016 Sci-Fi experience (review site here) Lieutenant James Shelley never wanted to be a soldier. But life happened, and he made some choices, and then had one forced upon him. Military service or jail. He chose the military life. And now he is out in […]

The Ghost Brigades

Part of my 2016 Sci-Fi Experience Book 2 of the Old Man’s War series. In the first book of this series the reader is introduced to the idea of old people signing up to join the military, the Colonial Defense Force, get new bodies, and fight the aliens on behalf of humanity. The reader is […]

The Long way to a small angry planet

Wayfarers ; #1 Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what […]