Category Archives: Near Future fic

Graveyard: The Mutant Files (vol. 3), William C. Dietz (Publisher: Ace Books)

(Science Fiction, Crime Thriller, Gritty Noir, Series, Chronicle) Grade: B/Γ +— Highly enjoyable book of mixed genre. Solid story, good characters, if you like these genres, read this book. If you like one of them, but not the other, I … Continue reading

Posted in Crime Thriller, Dystopian, Mystery, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Trilogy, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, Urban Fantasy, World | 1 Comment

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire (A Movie Review)

Β (Beta) Fantastic movie within the genre Alright, I’m off and traveling, so I thought I’d do a quickie review of The Hunger Games – Catching Fire.  In essence, I can sum it up by saying I loved it and that the … Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Coming of Age tale, Conspiracy, Cycle, Dystopian, Near Future fic, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Saga, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Spy Thriller, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World, YA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Germline – The Subterrene War: Book 1, T.C. McCarthy (Orbit, 2011)

Germline is the lackluster, near future Military Science Fiction novel by T.C. McCarthy that serves as the first in the Subterrene War series. Written from the POV of a war correspondent, it has an interesting premise, but sparse descriptions and an unsympathetic narrator failed to really pull me in. For a full description go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com or short link to: http://wp.me/pWa2h-E3 Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Coming of Age tale, Dystopian, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Present Day Sci Fi, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Thoughtful, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Wool Omnibus, Hugh Howey (Broad Reach Publishing, 2012)

The Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is one of the great examples of self-publishing done right. Starting with single short story (Wool) that was complete in itself, Howey built a dark and gripping series of stand alone short stories that meld beautifully into a great novel. Buy it now, or go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com for a full review! Continue reading

Posted in Chronicle, Conspiracy Novel, Cycle, Dystopian, Hard SciFi, Identity, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Post-Apocolyptic, Ripping Yarn, Saga, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen, 2013)

Fire with Fire is the first in what promises to be an exciting new series by Charles E. Gannon. A cross genre book that combines elements of Spy Thriller and Space Opera, the book comes down more on the Sci-Fi side of things, but makes for a good adventure story. Continue reading

Posted in Conspiracy Novel, Espionage, First Contact, Military Science Fiction, Near Future fic, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Thriller, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Alien Object, Alternate History, Anthology/Collection, audio book, Chronicle, Classic Literature, Classic Sci Fi, Comedy, Conspiracy, Conspiracy Novel, Crime Thriller, Cultural Contact, Cyberpunk, Cycle, Dystopian, Espionage, Far Future, Future History, Generation Ship, Hard SciFi, Identity, Military Science Fiction, Music, Mystery, Near Future fic, New Space Opera, Non-Fiction, Opinion Piece, Original Fiction, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Place-Out-Of-Time, Planetary Romance, Political Drama, Post Colonial, Post Modern, Post-Apocolyptic, Present Day Sci Fi, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Saga, Science Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Serial, Series, Space Exploration, Space Opera, Spy Thriller, Stand Alone Novel, Steampunk, Strong Characters, Supernatural, Thoughtful Espionage Tale, Thriller, Time Travel Story, Title, Titles, Trilogy, Ultratech, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World, Urban Fantasy, World, YA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008{Scholastic Audio, Narrator: Carolyn McCormick)

Tom finally gets around to reviewing The Hunger Games and is surprised by how good it really is. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

Posted in audio book, Conspiracy Novel, Identity, Near Future fic, Part of A Series but can be Read without reading previous volumes, Political Drama, Ripping Yarn, Romance, Saga, Science Fiction, Series, Stand Alone Novel, Thoughtful, Thriller, Trilogy, Uncategorized, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments