Author Archives: Bruncvik

Chengdu Worldcon: Hugo Awards with an Asterisk

Last year’s Worldcon took place in Chengdu, China.  For obvious reasons, I skipped participating as a supporting member, so I did neither nominate nor vote for Hugo Awards.  In fact, I ignored the ballot completely, and instead focused on reducing … Continue reading

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Book review: Guardian Ship by Mark Wayne McGinnis

For a book with quite a high rating at Goodreads, this one was a disappointment.  I couldn’t decide whether the author included all the most cringe-worthy tropes as a way to introduce humor to the otherwise bleak book, or whether … Continue reading

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Book review: Chains of Command (Frontlines 4) by Marko Kloos

The fourth book in the most endearing military science fiction series, Frontlines, is a little less endearing.  It is still action-packed, returning to some more grounded and gritty combat that I’ve been missing so much since the first book, but … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: Perhaps the Stars (Terra Ignota 4) by Ada Palmer

And so, the Terra Ignota series is drawing to an end.  It goes out with a bang, both literal and figurative.  And true to the author’s previous books, it offers a brand-new theme and different style, which are just as … Continue reading

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Flash review: The Tale of Ak and Humanity by Yefim Zozulya

Touted as the inspiration for the dystopian genre, and in particular for Zamyatin’s We, this short story had my expectations running high.  It turned out to be very simplistic, with little to think about.  But perhaps because of this we … Continue reading

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Book review: EarthCore by Scott Sigler

This book cannot decide whether it wants to be a near-future thriller, an action romp or science-fiction with a sprinkle of body horror.  At the end, it tries to be everything, but only half-heartedly, leaving much to be desired.  I … Continue reading

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Modern classic: The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer

This review has been several weeks in making.  Usually, I write reviews in a week, with multiple rereads and revisions.  In this case, I never felt that my efforts were adequate to the quality of the book, and I ended … Continue reading

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Classic review: Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Heechee saga 2) by Frederik Pohl

Sequels to highly regarded books are a risky venture. The expectations are high, and even if the book meets them, the mood tends to be dampened by the more prominent hero’s journey curve, at the expense of worldbuilding. Where the … Continue reading

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Book review: The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn

Welcome back to the good old days of science fiction when stories were fun, authors didn’t need to comment on social issues or historical events, and readers didn’t have to be bogged down by hidden messages. Where the protagonists were … Continue reading

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Book review: Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

If it wasn’t for the recent Netflix series, this book would have been largely forgotten, except in more niche communities like biopunk aficionados. It presents a fascinating idea and milks it for what it’s worth. That’s not necessarily a bad … Continue reading

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