Saturday, September 30, 2017

Book Review: The Corporation Wars: Emergence by Ken MacLeod

The third book. Emergence, in Ken MacLeod’s Corporation Wars trilogy continues straight on from the previous volume Insurgence where, as I explained in my review of that book, I had completely lost track of what was going on. A brief introduction to summarise the story so far or maybe a glossary that I could refer to to remind myself who was who might have been helpful before diving right back in to the plot.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review: Go Forth and Multiply Edited by Gordon Van Gelder

I’ve often found when reading Science Fiction from the 50s and 60s that what dates it more than the technology is the social attitudes. It was a much more sexist world in those days and the fiction reflects that: the astronauts and scientists are almost always male and any female characters are always secretaries, stewardesses or nurses and they frequently have hysterics and need to be slapped round the face.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Book Review: Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

After centuries of mankind’s increasing reliance on robots, they turn on their makers and wipe them out. That’s not what this book is about though. In Sea Of Rust we find out what happens next when robotkind and the huge AIs that helped them win their freedom are left to themselves.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Book Review: Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

The difficulty with time travel stories is that it’s very easy to tie yourself in knots whilst trying to make the plot interesting. Robert Charles Wilson makes it clear early in the plot how endless paradoxes and recursive loops are to be avoided. This by the fact that an alternative history is created when time-travellers arrive in the past, a history that from then on diverges from their own.

Read the rest of my Review at SF Crowsnest.