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”

The Gunslinger Born by Peter David & Robin Furth

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is a seven book epic following the journey of gunslinger Roland Deschian on his quest to the Dark Tower. In book 4, Wizard and Glass, Roland tells of his youth and the time he became a true gunslinger. It is this story that we follow in The Gunslinger Born, a comic adaption of The Dark Tower overseen by Stephen King, drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by Robin Furth and scripted by Peter David. The Gunslinger Born collects all seven of the comics that were released individually in one stunning hardback. Continue reading “The Gunslinger Born by Peter David & Robin Furth”

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke

It’s 2130 and Rama, a cylindrical space vessel 50km long by 20km wide has arrived in our solar system. Humanity do not know what it is or where it has come from, only that it is artificial and is passing through our solar system before heading out into deep space again. The only human spaceship that can reach it in time is the Endeavor with its commanding officer Bill Norton. Continue reading “Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke”

Hunter’s Planet: Aliens Vs Predator by David Bischoff

Hunter’s Planet picks up some years after the ending of Prey, with Machiko now working for the company on one of its many planets after spending the time inbetween hunting with the yautja. She is approached by Livermore Evanston, a businessman who owns a planet: Hunter’s Planet. He wants to hire Machiko, plus pay off her company contract, to help with an alien problem and has already hired others that will form the team she will lead. She arrives on the planet just as events take a turn for the worst, although she knows something is not quite right from the moment she arrives. Continue reading “Hunter’s Planet: Aliens Vs Predator by David Bischoff”

Prey: Aliens Vs Predator by Steve Perry & Stephani Perry

Ryushi, a planet where just over 100 humans live, farming Rhynth that they then ship back to other human worlds. The planet is hot and dry, the heat from twin suns giving it a barren landscape, where the only valuable thing for humans is the Rhynth, four legged beasts not too disimilar to terran Rhinos. However, with the cargo ship due to collect the shipment a rancher discovers something strange, a spider-like creature with a tail, dead near part of his heard. Continue reading “Prey: Aliens Vs Predator by Steve Perry & Stephani Perry”