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Book review: Endymion (Hyperion Cantos 3) by Dan Simmons

There are two kids of Hyperion fans.  Those who think the Cantos should have ended with The Fall of Hyperion and those who understand that the Endymion books stand on their own, as a separate duology in the same universe.  … Continue reading

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Classic review: The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 2) by Dan Simmons

How to match a classic such as Hyperion?  Write a sequel that’s different in narrative structure and overall theme.  Other great series had done the same, but many were merely inspired by the genius of Dan Simmons who did such … Continue reading

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Classic review: Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos 1) by Dan Simmons

Hyperion is one of the best science fiction books of the 20th century.  It perfected the art of worldbuilding, while providing several very personal, emotionally upsetting, and gripping stories.  The writing and ideas were way ahead of their time, still … 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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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: The Genesis Fleet trilogy by Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell has built up one of the most successful military science fiction franchises, thanks to a few simple strategies. He kept the worldbuilding, character development and moral ambiguities at a minimum, and instead focused on the tactics of space … Continue reading

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Flash review: Counting Casualties by Yoon Ha Lee

A space opera encompassing a galactic war, numerous planets and cultures destroyed, and a journey that takes several years, in a package of less than 5000 words. Yoon Ha Lee continues with her trend of creating enormous worlds, which are … Continue reading

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Modern Classic: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

Very few books from the last quarter of a century were as influential as A Deepness in the Sky. Even fewer managed to upstage their already great predecessors in a truly grand manner. And while there are other titles spanning … Continue reading

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Book review: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

As far as expansive space operas go, this novel is mind-blowing. The scope of the worldbuilding, richness of characters and attention to detail are impressive, any they highlight the efficient writing that makes reading this book a true pleasure. Add … Continue reading

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