Category Archives: SF Book Reviews

Book Review: The Horn of Time (collected short stories), Poul Anderson (1968)

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2.5/5 (Average)

I was massively disappointed with this collection of Poul Anderson short stories from the late 50s and early 60s.  Only two were worth reading: ‘The Horn of the Time the Hunter’ and ‘Progress.’  I guess if you are a Poul Anderson completest it might be worth the purchase but otherwise, stay away.  The creepy Continue reading Book Review: The Horn of Time (collected short stories), Poul Anderson (1968)

Book Review: The Fall of Chronopolis, Barrington J. Bayley (1974)

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4.25/5 (Very Good)

The Fall of Chronopolis (The Last and Final Days of the Chronotic Empire) by the relatively unknown British sci-fi author, Barrington J. Bayley, is one the best time travel books I’ve ever read. Other reviewers have suggested that this is Bayley’s best as well — I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve read The Garment Continue reading Book Review: The Fall of Chronopolis, Barrington J. Bayley (1974)

Book Review: Double Star, Robert Heinlein (1956)

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3/5 (Average)

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1956

I’ve never been blown away by Heinlein — twenty-five Heinlein novels later, the trend continues (well, I must admit, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was very good).  Supposedly deserving of the Continue reading Book Review: Double Star, Robert Heinlein (1956)

Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

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2/5 (Bad)

This novel feels like two separate stories connected by the presence of the dueling machine. The story when the dueling machine is a dueling machine and the story when the Bova decides that the dueling machine is also teleportation device and a therapy device and only occasionally used for duels. The first part of the novel Continue reading Book Review: The Dueling Machine, Ben Bova (1969)

Book Review: The Seedling Stars, James Blish (1957)

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Overall score 3.75/5 (Good)

James Blish’s The Seedling Stars is a collection of three novelettes (Seeding Program, The Thing in the Attic, Surface Tension) and a short story (Watershed).  Each is loosely connected by internal chronology and subject matter: pantropy (the modifications of humans for live on other planets instead of terraforming).  The quality Continue reading Book Review: The Seedling Stars, James Blish (1957)