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  1. Anthony G Williams

    Future Crimes: Mysteries and Detection through Time and Space, edited by Mike Ashley

    Future Crimes: Mysteries and Detection through Time and Space, edited by Mike Ashley This latest British Library Science Fiction Classics anthology sent to me for review combines my favourite genres, as I read almost as many detective stories as I do science fiction or fantasy. The Editor's...
  2. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Spaceworlds: Stories of Life in the Void, edited by Mike Ashley

    Spaceworlds: Stories of Life in the Void, edited by Mike Ashley The theme for this British Library Science Fiction Classics anthology sent to me for review is living in space: in space stations, spaceships and generation ships (sub-light-speed starships which take several generations to reach...
  3. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Tim Pratt: The Axiom series

    Tim Pratt: The Axiom series The author is best known for writing fantasies, of which I can’t recall reading any, but the Axiom series is conventional SF. The setting is the Solar System many centuries in the future, in which Mars and various moons of Jupiter and Saturn are settled with...
  4. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Another Time, Another Place, by Jodi Taylor

    Another Time, Another Place, by Jodi Taylor Another Time, Another Place is the twelfth and latest volume of The Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor. Those of you who are familiar with Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog will feel right at home, as the basic setting is similar. St...
  5. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes, edited by Kevan Manwaring

    Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes, edited by Kevan Manwaring The British Library’s series of classic SF anthologies continues to expand and has spun-off a related series, Tales of the Weird. Heavy Weather is one of these, recently sent to me to review. The editor’s...
  6. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley

    Born of the Sun, edited by Mike Ashley The British Library’s series of classic SF anthologies is now growing into a substantial resource which is well worth acquiring by anyone with an interest in the roots of SF. The format is now well established: the introduction by editor Mike Ashley sets...
  7. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi For the Good of All, by Ian J Ross

    For the Good of All, by Ian J Ross This novel has had a most unusual gestation. The author, a journalist, describes his experience of major heart surgery in 2015, followed by post-operative complications which led to three weeks in a coma. He had been warned by the surgeon that some memory loss...
  8. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi The Society of Time, by John Brunner

    The Society of Time, by John Brunner The English author John Brunner (1934-1995) was very well-known when I was in my youth: what may be regarded as his peak writing years of 1968/70 coincided with my time as a student, during which I belonged to the university’s Science Fiction and Fantasy...
  9. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi The Expanse series, by James S. A. Corey

    The Expanse series, by James S. A. Corey Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, Nemesis Games and Babylon's Ashes are the sequels to Leviathan Wakes (reviewed here on 23 May) in The Expanse series. My conclusions about that book included the following: The writing is of a high standard...
  10. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi The Invisible Library series, by Genevieve Cogman

    The Invisible Library series, by Genevieve Cogman This review gives an overview of The Invisible Library series to date, incorporating the first volume (previously reviewed on 26 July) which has the same title. First, the background to the series: The heroine is Irene Winters, a professional...
  11. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Nature's Warnings: Classic Stories of Eco-Science Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley

    Nature's Warnings: Classic Stories of Eco-Science Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley Another of the excellent Science Fiction Classics series of anthologies edited by Mike Ashley and published by the British Library, who sent me a copy for review. The Introduction by the editor sketches in the...
  12. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi When it Changed, edited by Geoff Ryman

    When it Changed, edited by Geoff Ryman Published in 2009, this is an unusual anthology as it consists of short stories written by British SF writers in consultation with scientists. Writers were paired up with scientists whose work interested them in order to explore the fictional...
  13. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley

    Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley Yet another of the educational anthologies in the Science Fiction Classics series published by the British Library, this one concerned with a subject which is currently topical in real life: the potential...
  14. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Dispel Illusion, by Mark Lawrence

    Dispel Illusion, by Mark Lawrence This is the third volume in Lawrence's Impossible Times series; the first two (One Word Kill and Limited Wish) were reviewed here in August and December 2019 respectively. These three books constitute one continuous story so the novels – and the reviews –...
  15. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Planetside, Planetfall, and The Invisible Library

    Planetside, Planetfall, and The Invisible Library Three contrasting recent novels, all intended to be the start of series. Planetside, by Michael Mammay Planetside was recommended to me as a good example of military SF, so I added it to my reading list. The first thing I noticed on flipping...
  16. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi The Red Queen's War trilogy, by Mark Lawrence

    The Red Queen's War trilogy, by Mark Lawrence This trilogy (consisting of Prince of Fools, The Liar's Key and The Wheel of Osheim) was written after The Broken Empire reviewed here on 10th April. One interesting aspect of the story which is only gradually revealed is the connection with The...
  17. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi The Northworld Trilogy, by David Drake

    The Northworld Trilogy, by David Drake This trilogy was first published as three individual novels: Northworld (published 1990), Northworld Vengeance (1991) and Northworld Justice (1992), although I have all three in one paperback omnibus, published by Baen in 1999. The first novel (but not the...
  18. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey

    Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey I came to this book in a rather backwards sort of way, in that I first heard of The Expanse TV series which sounded interesting (but I don't subscribe to SyFy or Amazon) then learned that it was based on a book series – so I found that instead. Also called...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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