An interview with Marianne de Pierres

marianne-de-pierresMarianne de Pierres, an Australian author of science fiction, is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I discovered her last year when I read a great review of Dark Space and promptly went out to buy it. Since then I’ve read both Dark Space (review here) and the second novel in her Sentients of Orion sequence, Chaos Space (review here). This is turning into a great space opera and full of plenty of action, intrigue and political maneuvering, just what I like!

Marianne took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions, which I am very grateful for – I know she had been hard at work completing Mirror Space (book 3 of the Sentients of Orion). Her earlier novels, the Parrish Plessis books are on my to-buy list as I’ve heard a lot of great things about them. You can visit Marianne’s website here and also check out that of her publisher, Orbit, here. Also, courtesy of Orbit, there is an extract of Chaos Space up on their site – just have a look here. Continue reading “An interview with Marianne de Pierres”

Kéthani by Eric Brown

The Kethani are a peaceful alien race that make first contact on Earth in the early 21st century. White columns mysteriously appear across the globe at the same time causing questions and confusion. Shortly after all the world governments informed everyone of the arrival of the Kethani and the gift they have bought humanity: immortality. The stories contained within this collection are focused on a group of friends living in a small village in Yorkshire and the effects that the coming of the Kethani have on them and their lives. Continue reading “Kéthani by Eric Brown”

The Real Story by Stephen Donaldson

I picked up the recent Gollancz release omnibus of the Gap 1 & 2, The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge, as I was interested to see what the series would be like. I decided to tackle The Real Story on its own first, hoping that what I found would give me enough of a taste to go forward with the rest of the series. I’m not sure whether this one is representative of the whole series though, it certainly reads like a stand alone story. Continue reading “The Real Story by Stephen Donaldson”

Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

Takeshi Kovacs is ex-Envoy, trained with conditioning that will transfer with regardless of what Sleeve he’s in. After being made an offer of work that he can’t refuse he’s re-sleeved in body that will turn heads while he carries out his investigation: did Laurence Bancroft commit suicide or was he, as he believes, murdered? Continue reading “Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan”

First and Only by Dan Abnett

Gaunt is Colonel-Commissar, leader of the Tanith First – the first and only. With their home world destroyed in an attack that happened as the first regiment was leaving they became the last survivors of the planet, gifting them their nickname, Ghosts. With exceptional tracking and scouting skills due to the unique moving forests on their world, Gaunt’s Ghosts are a formidable foe with many victories over the enemy, the forces of Chaos. Continue reading “First and Only by Dan Abnett”

Chaos Space by Marianne de Pierres

Mira has fled Araldis on Insignia – as an Innate only she can pilot the ship with the gene she has inherited from her father. Setting course to the nearest OLOSS system in search of help for Araldis, she faces continuous obstacles and questioning, not only about Araldis but of the Biozoon, Insignia, in which they show more than just a passing curiosity. Along with the group of mercenaries she picked up on Araldis, Mira and Insignia try to find help. Rast, the leader of the mercenaries, has some interesting contacts that will help them on the way. Continue reading “Chaos Space by Marianne de Pierres”

The Gabble and other stories by Neal Asher

The Gabble and other stories is a new collection of Neal’s shorter fiction with 10 short stories dating from 1999 through to this year. Anyone that has read Neal’s other collection, The Engineer ReConditioned, will know just what to expect from the man that is the master of weird, wonderful and downright gruesome alien creature creations. Add this to the great way in which Neal can quickly draw you into a story and you’ve got a must have collection of some of the best science fiction out there. Continue reading “The Gabble and other stories by Neal Asher”

Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont

I’m fairly easy when it comes to getting books and knowing what I like in the science fiction genre, but when it comes to fantasy I don’t know where to start. I’ve tried some things in the past (the first Wheel of Time springs to mind – my brother lent me his copy as he’s working his way through the series) but I’ve got a chapter or so in to the book and find nothing that I like so I put it down. I decided that I really should try something else, I’ve read so many things on the various forums I visit about such great fantasy series’ that I’ve never bothered with before. Continue reading “Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont”

Implied Spaces by Walter Jon Williams

First up a big thanks to Graeme for sending this on to me after he had finished it a while back. His review was great and made Implied Spaces the exact sort of thing I thought I would enjoy – it didn’t disappoint! Although it’s taken me a while to get around to, I couldn’t be more thankful to Graeme for passing it my way! Continue reading “Implied Spaces by Walter Jon Williams”

Watching Trees Grow by Peter F Hamilton

After reading Vault of Deeds (a novella by James Barclay from PS Publishing) last week and enjoying it so much I picked Watching Trees Grow up off the shelf as a nice and short bedtime read. I’ve read it before so I knew what was coming, but it still doesn’t take away the fact that this is a great little read :) Continue reading “Watching Trees Grow by Peter F Hamilton”