Tag Archives: space opera

Book Review: The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson (1973)

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4.5/5 (Very Good)

Notable Awards: Hugo and Locus SF Awards nominee, 1974 Nebula Award nominee, 1973

Poul Anderson’s delightful space opera chronicles the struggle between the growing Terran Empire and the Ythrian Domain (inhabited by birdlike beings).  The main action occurs on the planet Avalon, a colony of Ythri but settled by BOTH humans and Ythrians who have managed to create a multicultural Continue reading Book Review: The People of the Wind, Poul Anderson (1973)

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)

Book Review: The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson (1969)

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3/5 (Average)

This was the first Poul Anderson book I managed to finish (I got bogged down in one of his later novels a few years ago). The Rebel Worlds is part of a series of books by Anderson about his main character Dominic Flandry and the failing Terran Empire. The series includes Ensign Flandry (1966), A Circus of Continue reading Book Review: The Rebel Worlds, Poul Anderson (1969)

Book Review: Mission to the Stars (variant title: The Mixed Men, A. E. Van Vogt (1945)

3/5 (Average)

A. E. van Vogt spins a great space opera in this short (157) page volume. Mission to the Stars–as it was later known–was originally published under the name The Mixed Men.

Here is a brief plot summary: Lady Gloria Laurr, Grand Captain Continue reading Book Review: Mission to the Stars (variant title: The Mixed Men, A. E. Van Vogt (1945)

Book Review: Interstellar Empire, John Brunner (published as a collection in 1976)

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1.75/5 (Bad)

John Brunner is rightly famous for his dystopic works Stand on Zanzibar (won Hugo for best novel), The Jagged Orbit, The Sheep Look Up, and Shockwave Rider but most of his output Continue reading Book Review: Interstellar Empire, John Brunner (published as a collection in 1976)

Book Review: Methuselah’s Children, Robert Heinlein (1958)

2.5/5 (Average)

Before you judge my review of this “classic” purely by the low rating please read my defense and reasons. First of all, if I was still a 13 year old boy this would have been very good, however, even then I would have been slightly disappointed by how much Heinlein has to offer and how little he actually develops in Methuselah’s Continue reading Book Review: Methuselah’s Children, Robert Heinlein (1958)