Void Stalker – Review

Flashback Friday

Perpetually Past Due

Void Stalker by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2012, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages: 462

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

 “It knew itself only as the Eldest.”

The Exalted is dead and now Talos leads the beleaguered remains of the 10th and 11th companies of the Eighth Legion aboard the reclaimed warship Echo of Damnation. This is where we find First Claw and the cast of characters from the previous books in Void Stalker. After experiencing a frightening prophecy which makes up the prologue, Talos awakens and finds himself facing a world he thought he would never see again. With no memory of directing his subordinates to head to the planet (Tsagualsa), Talos must figure out why he has returned to the place where the Legion separated into its disparate war bands centuries ago.

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District 9 (2009) – Review

District 9 (2009) Poster

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Louis Minnaar, Jason Cope, and Vanessa Haywood

Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes

Genre: Science fiction, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.” Continue reading “District 9 (2009) – Review”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  by Chris Wraight

Cover illustration by Mikhail Savier

Published in 2016

Pages: 171

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The night was clear of cloud, lit only by a scatter of blue-white stars above the towering flanks of Krakgard.”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf, by Chris Wraight, is the second book in the Primarch series by the Black Library. Named after the leader of the Space Wolves Legion, the novel tells the tale of a duel between Russ and one of his brothers, as well as the events that lead up to it. A story about siblings, legacy, and the intentions behind great undertakings, Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  transcends a simple tale of battle to create a compelling narrative. Continue reading “Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review”

Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar – Review

Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar by David Annandale

Published in 2016

Pages: 181

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“One empire had come to Thoas to crush another.”

In Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultrimar, by David Annandale, pragmatic stoicism meets the unhinged rage of insane aggression as the mighty Ultramarines seek to destroy their green-skinned foe. This is the first in a series of books following the Primarchs; a group of demigod warriors in the year 30,0000 who lead the armies of the Emperor of Mankind in his quest to take over the stars. Tales of heroism, folly, and philosophical quandaries all mix in this short, but entertaining, book. Continue reading “Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar – Review”

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories – Review

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

Published in 1976

Pages: 211

Genre: Science fiction, short story collection

“Here I am with another collection of science fiction stories, and I sit here and think, with more than a little astonishment, that I have been writing and publishing fiction now for just three-eighths of a century.”

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories is a short story collection by Isaac Asimov that not only showcases his writing, but gives insight into the background and origin of each story. Asimov is one of the most famous science fiction writers, and it is easy to see why his range and skill with words continue to be celebrated. Since this is a collection of short stories (and the first one I have reviewed on the blog), I will give short descriptions of each story and then my overall impression of the book.

Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Continue reading “The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories – Review”

Snuff Fiction – Review

Snuff Fiction by Robert Rankin

Published in 1999

Pages: 361

Genre: Science fiction, alternative history, satire

“The school keeper’s name was Mr. Blot.”

Are you a self-professed anglophile (someone who really likes England)? Enjoy satire and witty writing? Don’t mind the British slang word for cigarettes in that context or have no idea what that means? If any of these statements apply then Snuff Fiction by Robert Rankin is the book for you! Now that this awkward introduction in the inexplicable form of a sales pitch is over, let’s get to the meat of it. Continue reading “Snuff Fiction – Review”

Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity – Review

Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity by Robert Brockway

Published in 2012

Pages: 336

Genre: Science fiction

“Red dreamt in half-present shapes; screen burnt images twisting behind his eyelids.”

Red is a drug beta tester living in a city called the Four Pillars. He is given a contract to try a new version of Presence, a drug people use that somehow allows them all to hallucinate en masse. While under the influence of this drug, he ends up in the slums of the city and must find his way back (the destination isn’t explicitly explained, so let’s just say somewhere not in the slums) before the company that pays him to test the drug sends hired goons to kill him for breaching his nondisclosure agreement. If this sounds strange and a little confusing, that’s because it is; Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity is one of the worst science fiction books I have ever read. It was a chore to finish and if I hadn’t been reading it in order to write this review, I would have dropped it by the end of chapter two. That rhyme wasn’t intentional. Continue reading “Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity – Review”