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  1. Anthony G Williams

    The Proteus trilogy, by Charles Sheffield

    The Proteus trilogy, by Charles Sheffield Charles Sheffield (1935-2002) was not your average SF writer, in that he left Cambridge University with a Double First in Mathematics and Physics. Born and brought up in the UK, he emigrated to the USA and became Chief Scientist of Earth Satellite...
  2. Anthony G Williams

    The Broken Empire trilogy, by Mark Lawrence

    The Broken Empire trilogy, by Mark Lawrence Last year I reviewed the first two volumes of Impossible Times, a contemporary urban fantasy series by Mark Lawrence: One Word Kill (24 August) and Limited Wish (7 December). These impressed me considerably, so I decided to explore some of his other...
  3. Anthony G Williams

    The Exile Waiting, and Superluminal, by Vonda N. McIntyre

    The Exile Waiting, and Superluminal, by Vonda N. McIntyre I browsed through my bookshelves recently and found a couple of volumes by Vonda N. McIntyre, an author whose name was familiar to me although I could not recall anything about her books. As usual before writing a review, I checked the...
  4. Anthony G Williams

    Beyond Time: Classic Tales of Time Unwound, edited by Mike Ashley

    Beyond Time: Classic Tales of Time Unwound, edited by Mike Ashley This is one of a number of anthologies in the Science Fiction Classics series published by the British Library, this one (as you may have guessed) dealing with time travel. As usual in this series, there is a long introduction by...
  5. Anthony G Williams

    The Riyria Chronicles, by Michael J. Sullivan

    The Riyria Chronicles, by Michael J. Sullivan The Riyria fantasy series was recommended to me by several members of the Classic SF discussion group, so I took a look at the series structure and soon became rather confused. The first six volumes, under the general heading of The Riyria...
  6. Anthony G Williams

    Orconomics, by J. Zachary Pike, and The Question Mark, by Muriel Jaeger

    Orconomics, by J. Zachary Pike, and The Question Mark, by Muriel Jaeger I decided to acquire Orconomics after some enthusiastic comments by members of the Classic SF Group. It is subtitled "A satire", about which more later. The setting is a land populated by a wide variety of more or less...
  7. Anthony G Williams

    Menace of the Monster, edited by Mike Ashley

    Menace of the Monster, edited by Mike Ashley This anthology, subtitled Classic Tales of Creatures from Beyond, is one of the British Library's Science Fiction Classicsseries of reprints, sent to me for review. As with others in this series, it begins with a substantial introduction by Mike...
  8. Anthony G Williams

    The Universe Next Door, from New Scientist magazine

    The Universe Next Door, from New Scientist magazine I've been reading a non-fiction science-fiction book! It's called The Universe Next Door and it consists of about sixty short "what if?" articles collated from the files of New Scientist magazine, covering a vast range of topics. Titles such...
  9. Anthony G Williams

    One Word Kill, by Mark Lawrence

    One Word Kill, by Mark Lawrence A couple of months ago, this book arrived in the post. That was something of a surprise, as I had not ordered it, had in fact never heard of it, but as it is labelled "Advance Reader's Copy: Not for Resale" I assume that the publisher's marketing people had...
  10. Anthony G Williams

    The Songs of Distant Earth, by Arthur C. Clarke

    The Songs of Distant Earth, by Arthur C. Clarke My reading of Clarke has been somewhat patchy, as I absorbed all I could find in the 1960s and into the 1970s, but not a lot thereafter. So while Rendezvous with Rama remains one of my all-time favourites (and the book I would recommend to anyone...
  11. Anthony G Williams

    Wayfarers series, by Becky Chambers

    Wayfarers series, by Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is the start of the Wayfarersseries. The setting is in a future in which, having trashed the Earth, what is left of humanity is divided between settlements on Mars, and the huge Exodan fleet cruising a galaxy which is...
  12. Anthony G Williams

    The Tide Went Out, and The Darkest of Nights, by Charles Eric Maine

    The Tide Went Out, and The Darkest of Nights, by Charles Eric Maine Charles Eric Maine (real name David McIlwain, 1921-1981) was a British author who published sixteen SF novels between 1953 and 1972, plus half-a-dozen detective stories using the pseudonyms Richard Rayner and Robert Wade. Four...
  13. Anthony G Williams

    A Plague of Demons, by Keith Laumer (2)

    A Plague of Demons, by Keith Laumer (2) I reviewed this classic SF tale on this blog over eight years ago, but as it has recently been the book of the month for the Classic Science Fiction discussion group ( ClassicScienceFiction@groups.io | Topics) it is worth reviewing in the light of points...
  14. Anthony G Williams

    Noumenon, and Noumenon Infinity, by Marina J Lostetter

    Noumenon, and Noumenon Infinity, by Marina J Lostetter Noumenon is the first novel from established short-story writer Marina Lostetter. It takes as its starting point some well-worn SF themes: the invention of a method of avoiding the lightspeed limitation, making starships practical (the...
  15. Anthony G Williams

    The War in the Air, by H G Wells

    The War in the Air, by H G Wells H.G. Wells was one of the founders of modern SF who shot to fame as a result of a series of novels which have remained popular since they were first published: The Time Machine(1895); The Invisible Man (1897); The War of the Worlds (1898; and The First Men in...
  16. Anthony G Williams

    Machineries of Empire trilogy, by Yoon Ha Lee

    Machineries of Empire trilogy, by Yoon Ha Lee Ninefox Gambit is the first volume of Yoon Ha Lee's SF trilogy, Machineries of Empire. It comes well recommended, winning the 2017 Locus Award for best first novel, and nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. One reviewer summed it up as "Starship...
  17. Anthony G Williams

    The German invasion of England - pre-World War 1 speculative fiction

    The German invasion of England - pre-World War 1 speculative fiction I have recently become intrigued by a rather specialised sub-branch of fiction concerned with stories written in the years before World War 1 forecasting a German invasion of England. Not too suprisingly, this is known as...
  18. Anthony G Williams

    The Fifth Force, by Libby McGugan

    The Fifth Force, by Libby McGugan This is the (long delayed) sequel to the author's first novel, The Eidolon, which impressed me so much when I reviewed it over four years ago. This is my review from then: The plot is set in the present day and concerns Robert Strong, a young theoretical...
  19. Anthony G Williams

    Four-Sided Triangle, and Shoot at the Moon, by William F. Temple

    Four-Sided Triangle, and Shoot at the Moon, by William F. Temple The British Library is continuing to republish long-forgotten books in its Science Fiction Classics series. They have kindly sent me two of these for review: Four-Sided Triangle, and Shoot at the Moon, both by British author...
  20. Anthony G Williams

    Fantasy Windhaven: The Graphic Novel, by George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle

    Windhaven: The Graphic Novel, by George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle A graphic novel is a new experience for me. I have never considered buying one, probably because I associate them with the comic books of my youth (mostly featuring derring-do in World War 2). However, I understand they are...
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