Titanicus by Dan Abnett

When the vital forge world of Orestes comes under attack by a legion of Chaos Titans, the planet is forced to appeal for help. Titan Legio Invicta, although fresh from combat and in desperate need of refit and repair, responds, committing its own force of war engines to the battle. As the god-machines stride to war, the world trembles, for the devastation they unleash could destroy the very world they have pledged to save. Continue reading “Titanicus by Dan Abnett”

God Emperor of Didcot by Toby Frost

The evil alien Ghast along with the religious fanatics the Republic of Eden have invaded Urn, the principle planet of the Didcot system and the main supplier of tea to the British Empire. Without tea the British will lose their moral fibre and the Ghast will wipe them aside. Continue reading “God Emperor of Didcot by Toby Frost”

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”