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 […]

Dragon’s Blood

Book 1 in The Pit Dragon trilogy Austar IV started life as a prison planet, over the generations and years it has evolved into a deeply segregated, almost feudal society. Jakkin was born free, but in order to survive his mother sold herself and her son into “bond”. Every bonder wears a bag, and when […]

Rolling in the deep

Part of my RIP reading The Imagine Network[ref]think the SyFy network[/ref] has decided to investigate the legend of the mermaid. They’ve recently discovered just how lucrative fictional-documentaries can be. So they hire a ship with its crew and a team of scientists and send them out to sea with a film crew to find out […]

The Glad Hosts

Read the short story online at Lackington’s and then the discussion on metafilter. Mai is a colonist on Shanti, entranced with this alien world and its permanent spring. Although it took ten years to travel to the planet from Earth, to her it feels like only a few weeks. And now she has so many […]

The law of becoming

The fourth novel of the Jaran The closer I got to the end of this book the slower I found myself reading. I just didn’t want it to end. First of all it is the final published book in the Jaran series, and I didn’t want to leave that ‘verse. But also, the series itself […]

An earthly crown

I hate writing recaps of follow up books in a series. I never know what to give away about the previous book so I’ll just copy and paste the blurb from the author’s website : In An Earthly Crown, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by […]

Jaran

Novels of the Jaran, book 1 The Chapalii empire rules over all the known galaxy. Earth and all her allies have been subsumed, not conquered, into it. But no humans have any real understanding of exactly how Chapalii culture or society works. After Earth’s one rebellion they rewarded the leader, Charles Soerenson, with a dukedom, […]

The dazzle of day

Dolores Negrete is leaving home, she will be boarding the Dusty Miller along with many other Quakers and leaving the planet, heading for the great unknown of space. Earth is dying. The land has, for the most part been used up, species are going extinct and people are dying of cancers and starvation and disease. […]