Category Archives: Science Fiction

Lilith’s Brooding Sociology Treatise

Spoiler Check: Contains spoilers for Dawn, Book #1 of the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler. Another lemming. Barely half an hour into a ten hour audiobook, I lemmed* (in other words abandoned) Adulthood Rites, the second book in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis … Continue reading

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When is Sci-fi not Sci-fi? When it’s Inversions

Spoiler Check: I have completed Inversions by Iain M Banks  Inversions by the late Iain M Banks is regarded as a novel in his science fiction Culture series. But would anyone reading it as a stand-alone book recognise it as science … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Covenant

 It is fun to listen to Veronica Belmont mangle names of  authors on the Sword & Laser podcast, even if she only does that for effect. Most S & L episodes include Veronica and her co-host Tom Merritt reading out, … Continue reading

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The Great North Road away from Hamilton

 If ever again I get tempted to try another Peter F Hamilton novel, I need someone wise and avuncular to gently talk me out of it. It’s no good getting angry. I just have to remember that no matter how … Continue reading

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The oddness explained

 A couple of posts ago, I mentioned my surprise and amazement on discovering that I had managed to pick Excession, the fourth book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture series, as my new read on Audible in all ignorance of the fact … Continue reading

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Utterly shocked …

 … to hear the awful news about Iain Banks. It would have been terrible news at any time but I think maybe worse because I am right in the middle of, and very much enjoying, one of his books so … Continue reading

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How very odd …

 It is unusual for me to be at a loss to decide what to read next on Audible. I usually have a host of books I am itching to read, but when I recently finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, … Continue reading

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