Category Archives: SF Book Reviews

Book Review: Empire of Two Worlds, Barrington J. Bayley (1972)

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2/5 (Bad)

Killibol is a bleak, dark, gray rock planet in another galaxy populated with isolated termite-mound-like cities of its human colonists.  Because of the inability to grow food in Killibol’s soil, society is structured around protein producing tanks.  As a result of the rigid system of food production (i.e. power), life on Continue reading Book Review: Empire of Two Worlds, Barrington J. Bayley (1972)

Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59

3.25/5 (Good — collated rating)

James Blish, famous for his Hugo winning novel, A Case of Conscience, early Star Trek novelizations, and the Cities in Flight series also wrote some interesting short shorties.  This volume includes a Continue reading Book Review: Galactic Cluster, James Blish (1959) — collected short stories from 1953-59

Book Review: Three Worlds to Conquer, Poul Anderson (1964)

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4/5 (Good)

Poul Anderson’s science fiction adventure tale, Three Worlds to Conquer, is a remarkably exciting and engaging quick read.  Three Worlds is a “loose” sequel to Anderson’s short story, ‘Sam Hall’ published in the August 1953 edition of Astounding Science fiction.  Both cover some aspect of post-WWIII Continue reading Book Review: Three Worlds to Conquer, Poul Anderson (1964)

Book Review: Star Watchman, Ben Bova (1964)

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1.5/5 (Bad)

Ben Bova’s second novel, published in 1964, was expanded from an earlier short story. It tells the tale of the Star Watchman Emil Vorgens, a representative of the Terran Empire that covers over half the Milky Way, sent to the rebellious planet of Shinar. The Shinarians have invited the Komani raiders (imagine greenish wookies with Continue reading Book Review: Star Watchman, Ben Bova (1964)

Book Review: Merchanter’s Luck, C. J. Cherryh, (1982)

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4/5 (Good)

C. J. Cherryh’s Merchanter’s Luck is a heady brew of redemption, paranoia, fear, endless suspicion, and more paranoia. However, this work has markedly less of the seemingly-endless (and often unjustified) political manipulation that bogs down Cherryh’s more famous novels Cyteen and Downbelow Continue reading Book Review: Merchanter’s Luck, C. J. Cherryh, (1982)