Category Archives: Science fiction

REVIEW: Bumped – Megan McCafferty

(Corgi 2011) I’d been meaning to read Bumped for ages, having previously read and enjoyed McCafferty’s excellent Jessica Darling series, to which I was introduced by my sister back when Sloppy Firsts was first out in 2001. Bumped is quite … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Torrent – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2013) Book 1 in Rust and Relics series Delia and Simon are wandering around Arizona in their campervan using Delia’s archaeological knowledge (and her Indiana Jones-ish bullwhip skills) and Simon’s tech wizardry to locate and retrieve historical artefacts … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi

(Tor Books 2012) Fuzzy Nation is a re-imagining of the story and events in Little Fuzzy, the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel by H. Beam Piper – Scalzi describes it as a sort of “re-boot” of the Fuzzy universe. I’ve not read … Continue reading

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APPRECIATION – Iain M. Banks

With just having finished The Hydrogen Sonata, I now realise that I’ve read all of Iain M. Banks’ novels (as opposed to his other incarnation’s works, of which I’ve read only three). It’s something of a saddening experience to think … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Great North Road – Peter F. Hamilton

Hamilton’s latest sprawling sci-fi novel takes place largely in Newcastle, on Earth, and on the planet St Libra, in the Sirius system, in the year 2143. A timeline from 2003, summarising significant events to 2121, gives notes on events pertaining … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

(Orbit e-book, originally published 1992) This was the very first novel by Neal Stephenson that I read, long before Cryptonomicon or The Baroque Trilogy. There’s a lot of similarity between it and Zodiac (which I read for the first time … Continue reading

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Neuromancer – William Gibson

(e-book, originally published 1984) Gibson’s first novel was written, so the author has said, in a state of “blind animal terror.” It doesn’t show. It’s an accomplished piece of work, conveying a dystopian future of mega-corporations and polluted cities with … Continue reading

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CryoBurn – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen e-book 2010) This is the latest in Bujold’s Vorkosigan series of sci-fi novels, coming some years after the events told in Diplomatic Immunity: Miles is married to Ekaterin, they have four children in addition to Ekaterin’s son Nikki, and … Continue reading

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Zodiac – Neal Stephenson

(Grove Press 1988) This is one of Stephenson’s early speculative thrillers, though it’s not until a fair way through the book that the future-prediction becomes apparent. Sangamon Taylor lives in a low-rent house in Boston with a few others; he’s … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Immunity – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen 2002) This book follows on from the events of A Civil Campaign, about a year or so later. Miles and Ekaterin are married, and at the start of the book, are on their way home from a long-delayed honeymoon, … Continue reading

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