Science Fiction

Reviews of books in this genre:

Dune by

I was aware of Dune from the movie, which is one of my favourites (it’s well worth a watch, because the design team was clearly on something strong). I knew it was based on a book and I’d been meaning to read it for a while. I actually have the first three books in an – Read the rest of this review

The Years of Rice and Salt by

I’m reviewing this now, despite not finishing it, because it was a loaner from my library and they have since moved digital library providers so it’s unlikely I will get it again. Described as an alternate history where the Black Death wipes out 99% of the European population instead of just a third. In that – Read the rest of this review

Artemis by

Weir is best-known for The Martian, his fictionalised account of a man stranded on Mars. He was heavily praised for the science and realism used to tell that story. This is a different idea, but offers similar grounding in reality when it comes to the science of another heavenly body: the moon. Humans have finally – Read the rest of this review

Afterparty by

Our protagonist helped create a drug that alters the brain so you feel a divine presence, and, if taken in high enough doses, can see and interact with it as well. It’s a very interesting idea, and the mystery around who has put this drug, never approved for release, on the street is what drives – Read the rest of this review

Manhattan in Reverse by

Known for his large space operas, even Hamilton prefaces this book saying he doesn’t write too many short stories. To be fair, some of these edge toward novella-length, rather than being particularly short. I thought I would break it down by story. Watching Trees Grow An alternative history that leapfrogs through centuries to show us – Read the rest of this review