Category Archives: Ultratech

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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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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The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit, 2012)

The Hydrogen Sonata is not Iain M. Banks’ best book, but is a good read for any fan of his Culture series. I suspect, however, that it won’t appeal to people who are not at least somewhat familiar with the Culture and will have no appeal to individuals who don’t like Science Fiction. Continue reading

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The Art of a Book Cover Part 2 – The Winner for Strings on a Shadow Puppet

The Art of a Book Cover – The cover for “Strings on a Shadow Puppet is revealed! Continue reading

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The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (St. Martin’s Press, 1974)

The Forever War is the classic future soldier’s story by Joe Haldeman and serves as one of the two pillars upon which Military Science Fiction stands. Inspired by Haldeman’s experiences in the Vietnam War, it not only tells the harrowing tale of men and women at war, it also tells one of the best tales of the difficulty of returning from war that can be found regardless of genre. This is truly a marvelous book that should really be read by anyone. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com
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Ringworld Engineers, Larry Niven (Del Rey, 1980)

(Science Fiction, Classic Science Fiction, Exploration Science Fiction) Grade: Δˡ — (Delta Prime) A good read, but only if you like the genre (or subgenre). In brief: Ringworld Engineers is Larry Niven‘s follow up novel to his award winning concept … Continue reading

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