Category Archives: Present Day Sci Fi

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

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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 Problem with Military Science Fiction Part 2: or why archaeologists get so bent up about taxonomy…

The Problem with Military Science Fiction Part 2: or why archaeologists get so bent up about taxonomy…
Tom blabs on about more reasons that MilFic gets such a bad rep…
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Posted in Alternate History, Hard SciFi, Military Science Fiction, Opinion Piece, Paranormal Mystery, Post Modern, Present Day Sci Fi, Ripping Yarn, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Strong Characters, Thoughtful, Uncategorized, Unique or Imaginative World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Voyagers, Ben Bova (TOR, 1981 {Blackstone Audio, Narrators: Stefan Rudnicki})

Voyagers by Ben Bova is an alien contact book set in the early-to-mid 1980’s that is somewhat spoiled by the sexist nature of much of the text. ‘Tis a pity as that it had great potential. For a full review see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Strindberg’s Star, Jan Wallentin (Viking Adult, 2012 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Graeme Malcolm}) Translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

Strindberg’s Star by Jan Wallentin, is a paranormal mystery/thriller that weaves 19th century science, secret societies, NAZI mysticism and a quest for the occult into a fascinating story. For more, go to: http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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