Category Archives: New Space Opera

Strings on a Shadow Puppet, reviews, interviews and trailer views

A review, two interviews and a book trailer for Strings on a Shadow Puppet, the exciting spy-space opera by T. L. Evans 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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The Archaeologists’ Guide to The Billanobian Hegemony

T.L. Evans discusses the Billanobian Hegemeny 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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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: a description of the HMS Hunter

This week’s continuing recovery has led me to post the ship description and deck layout of the HMS Hunter, as depicted in Strings on a Shadow Puppet. Continue reading

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Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi (TOR, 2006)

Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is the sequel to his tremendously successful Old Man’s War, in which the author both succeeds and fails to live up to his potential. This novel focuses on the Colonial special forces, and manages to both deliver on some of his nefarious hints and fall a bit flat in his use of large info dumps. Even so, I enjoyed the tale for what it was and think that it will appeal to Military Science Fiction fans. For a full review, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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