“Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.”

Science fiction is often about technology, yet there are some fictional universes where some technologies we take for granted are taboo. Let’s take computers, for example. Religious dictats are as prevalent in one world as strictures against Muslims and Jews eating bacon are here, today, arguably even more enforced. That is the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Continue reading ““Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.””


Book Review: Far Side of the Rubicon by Erik Wecks

I can’t believe it has taken me a year to read this seeing as the writer once described me as “one of his favourite review bloggers” or words to that effect. I’ve read four of his works to date, and I was very keen to read this, part one of a trilogy set in the same universe as his first book Aetna Adrift and following on in a roundabout sort of way, from the previous book. Continue reading “Book Review: Far Side of the Rubicon by Erik Wecks”

Book Review: Aetna Adrift by Erik Wecks

This is a stand alone kind of prequel novel for an upcoming series of books set in a universe known as “Pax Imperium”. It is a universe where government and megacorporations are one and the same (this corporate government is called The Unity and it is based primarily on the US government). This novel though is set purely on one planet in this universe – the titular Aetna. Continue reading “Book Review: Aetna Adrift by Erik Wecks”

Book Review: Zima Blue by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is one of modern science fiction’s most celebrated writers. Not everybody’s cup of tea, even seasoned fans such as myself sometimes find his work heavy going, he is a master of what is known as New Space Opera who fuses hard science fiction with social commentary and good old fashioned “sense of wonder” storytelling.

This is a collection of short(ish) stories not set in the Revelation Space universe and therefore showcasing the diverse worlds of his imagination. There are fourteen stories in all and rather than an intro from the writer, there are some closing thoughts. This works rather well in that it is easier to keep everything in context with the story still fresh in the mind. I’m not going to summarise all of them, just those that stand out. Continue reading “Book Review: Zima Blue by Alastair Reynolds”