Monthly Archives: November 2010

Polyanna Was a Space Marine: Why Military Science Fiction Characters Are Too Good to be True

One of the biggest criticisms of Military Science Fiction is that the heroes are just too good to be believed. The reason why this seems to be the case is looked at in greater detail. Continue reading

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Century Rain, Alistair Reynolds (ACE Books/Gollancz)

Century Rain is a noir espionage novel of the Cold War variety, with nanotech death machines and wormholes to give it a new twist. Though not Reynold’s best work, I enjoyed it thoroughly once I realized that any similarities to his other books is purely superficial. I really enjoyed this book, and I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that one of the protagonists is an archaeologist (though that didn’t hurt). Continue reading

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Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2008 {UK}/2009 {US})

Matter is a mediocre offering by one of the best writers around. Despite strong characters living in a well developed universe and a rich and complex plot, its use of overly complex sentence structure makes it an extremely difficult read. As that I normally love Banks’ use of complex language, this criticism is really saying something. Continue reading

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Spotlight: Thomas L. Evans (via Roxie’s Blog)

Well… okay. Not a review, but it’s about me, so how could I resist? I promise a review tommorrow! Spec Fiction aficionado, Archaeologist, Reviewer, Writer…Sounds like the beginning of Sesame Street’s ♫♪ one of these things is not like the … Continue reading

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Death Troopers, Joe Schreiber (Balantine Books, 2009/Audible Audio Edition) Narrator – Sean Kenin

Han Solo versus the Zombies. What starts out as an interesting premise of combining two genres degrades into a series of clichés highlighted by purple prose.

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