Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost

Isambard Smith has been drafted for a mission – to collect a passenger, Rhianna, for one planet and take her to another. He’s given a small, pretty pathetic ship, the John Pym, a pilot in Carveth, an android and former sex-bot that is on the run, and he brings along his alien friend, Suruk the Slayer, an M’Lak with an unhealthy obsession with collecting skulls. Continue reading “Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost”

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

Purslane and Campion are two Gentian shatterlings from the House of Flowers, two of a thousand clones of Abigail Gentian who left the solar system around the year 3000 to travel and explore the galaxy. All shatterlings meet up for their thousand nights reunion during which they share memories of what they have experienced. Continue reading “House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds”

Cell by Stephen King

An event, the Pulse, hits the world and throws it into mayhem. Everyone using a mobile phone at the time (or afterwards) is affected and the majority of those attack each other and the normal people left behind. The streets aren’t a safe place to wander and locking yourself up in a secure house might be the one thing that keeps you alive, at least in the beginning. Continue reading “Cell by Stephen King”

An interview with Peter F Hamilton

Peter F Hamilton very kindly took some time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from me, mainly very general but I tried where possible to not ask the usual ones (except the future novels question, that seems almost mandatory) and wanted to focus only on the Void trilogy. Thankfully Peter agreed and below is the result. I hope you enjoy, there a few tidbits for the Temporal Void and hints at what to expect in volume three. Continue reading “An interview with Peter F Hamilton”

The Demon Trap by Peter F Hamilton

The Demon Trap is a short story featured in Gardner Dozois’ Galactic Empires anthology, a Science Fiction Book Club exclusive released only in the US – I was very glad (and lucky) to get my hands on a copy through eBay. Galactic Empires features six short stories by some of today’s best science fiction writers, and although I’ve still got the other five to read I wanted to post my thoughts on this one separately. Continue reading “The Demon Trap by Peter F Hamilton”

Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres

Jo-Jo Rasterovich, a mineral scout, has discovered Sole, an entity with so much power it is simply referred to as god. Sole knows the secrets of knowledge and agrees to share these secrets with the population that makes up the Orion League of Sentient Species (OLOSS). However, it is not for free. Sole agrees to trade this knowledge, but not for just anything: it requires the sentients to show feats of cleverness for such stuff. Representatives from different planets can apply to join the project, with only the most brilliant being accepted. One of these is Tekton, desperately wanting to be the one to gain new knowledge from Sole and willing to go to any length to get it. Continue reading “Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres”

Stealing Light by Gary Gibson

It is the 25th century and the Consortium spreads out over an area of space in the orion arm. Although humanity do not have the capability to use ftl travel, a species called the Shoal do, and are the only species in the galaxy with that know-how. They happily transport humans within the area they have been designated, but they also put strict limits within the agreement they have with humans, one among many being the prohibition of research into ftl travel. Continue reading “Stealing Light by Gary Gibson”

Death’s Head by David Gunn

Sven Tveskoeg is a legionnaire on a backwater planet, a self-healer and a tough son of a bitch with an artificial arm. When his base is attacked by the ruthless animal-like Ferox he is taken their prisoner and lives with them, a strained relationship at best. Sven is able to understand the Ferox, something that nobody thought was possible. When he is eventually rescued, interest in him is raised and a high ranking officer in Death’s Head (a high level special forces outfit) has plans for him. Sven is not one to pussy-foot around and answers bluntly to anyone that questions him, the sort of attitude that other Death’s Head officers despise and he makes no friends because of this – the only reason he is tolerated is because it is General Jaxx that essentially head-hunted him. Continue reading “Death’s Head by David Gunn”

Prador Moon by Neal Asher

The human Polity, a society run by AI’s with technology allowing them to travel instantaneously throughout the galaxy through the use of Runcibles, planet based systems that are run by the AI’s. The Polity lives in relative peace, but now the Prador, a species of huge crab-like creatures with technology equal to that of the Polity is discovered. The first meeting between the two has now been arranged and it is with this meeting that the true intentions of the Prador become apparent. Peace is not an option that they consider, they require the immediate surrender of humanity, starting with the station on which the meeting takes place. Continue reading “Prador Moon by Neal Asher”

Angel Stations by Gary Gibson

Angel Stations: artifacts found around the galaxy that permit faster than light travel between them by travelling through the singularity it creates. These ancient structures were created by the Angels, a long gone race that have left many other interesting things throughout the stars. One of the Angel Stations is found in the oort cloud of our system and allows humanity to travel to other stations that are discovered. Continue reading “Angel Stations by Gary Gibson”