Category Archives: Classic Sci Fi

Ender’s Game: The Movie

I know I don’t normally review movies, but as that I have reviewed a large number of the Ender Series books here, I thought I should probably give a quite review of the recently released film. In short, I actually … Continue reading

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The Archaeologists’ Guide to Reading the Culture: A Farewell to Iain M. BanksAn Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Tom mourns the passing of Iain M. Banks by listing the order he suggests reading his books… Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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Empire of the East, Fred Saberhagen (Ace, 1979 { Blackstone Audio, Inc, Narrator: Raymond Todd)

Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen is the omnibus collection of this classic science fantasy novel. It is a rip-roaring speculative adventure whose best parts are hard to describe without giving spoilers. A great fun read for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Continue reading

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An Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks

Having heard about one of his favorite authors’ imminent demise, Tom reviews all of Iain M. Banks works in his Archaeologists’ Guide to Iain M. Banks. For a full detail go to Continue reading

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Dune, Frank Herbert (Gollancz, 1966; [NEL, 1978] {MacMillan Audio, 2007 Narrator: Simon Vance and full cast})

With one week to go before publishing my book, I decided to review one of the most influential bits of Science Fiction that I have had the pleasure to read.
Dune by Frank Herbert is one of the most important science fiction books of the 20th Century. Frequently referred to as Science Fiction’s answer to Tolkien, the book (and subsequent series) has remarkable world building, but if you ask me, it is the story structure that really sets this book apart. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: The Art of a Book Cover

I have long said that, initially, the cover art for a novel is more important to a novel’s success than the writing itself.[1]  We may all say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we are honest, we … Continue reading

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