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Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 1986 {Macmillan Audio, Narrators: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki, and Cast})

With the impending release of Ender’s Game, I decided to review Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card’s sequel-of-sorts to his most famous tale… for a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Dauntless, The Lost Fleet Book 1, Jack Campbell (aka John G. Hemry) (Ace Publishers, 2006)

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is the first of six volumes in Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series. It is a straight Space Naval Military Science Fiction book that will appeal to those interested in space combat and issues of command, control and communications, but uses many archetypes and has background plot holes that strained my disbelief. For more information, please go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2003)

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a collection of two novellas by Alastair Reynolds set in his Revalation Space universe. Each story stands alone, though both are subtly linked to create an enjoyable book and a good addition to the series. Continue reading

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Redemption Ark, Alistair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2002)

Redemption Ark is Alistair Reynolds’ third book, and the second volume of his Inhibitor Trilogy. It’s a highly enjoyable read, but in suffers a bit from “middle book of a trilogy” syndrome. Even so, it almost reads as a stand alone, and continues the central saga of one of the most imaginative worlds I have seen in Science Fiction. I cannot imagine many people who like Science Fiction being able to resist this series. Continue reading

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Chasm City, Alistair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2001)

Chasm City is Alistair Reynold’s second book, and though set in his Revelation Space universe, it is a stand alone novel in its own right. It follows the story of a man hell bent on revenge and his journey through a post nano-apcolyptic technogoth world. It is marvelously dark story that in many ways epitomizes the best elements of New Space Opera (particularly Space Opera Noir), and could serve as a great sampler for those curious about the Revelation Space Universe. For more on this story, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Revelation Space, Alistair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2000)

Revelation Space was Alistair Reynolds’ first book, and serves as the first volume of the continuing Series of the same name. It is a stand alone novel, and though in that sense, one does not feel cheated at the end as one sometimes does in the Serial form of story telling. It is, however, a remarkible opening salvo for one of the most imaginative worlds I have seen in Science Fiction, and I cannot imagine many people who like Science Fiction being able to resist the next book. (for more indepth review, see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com) Continue reading

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