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My book tastes span from SciFi to Scfi & Fantasy!

Avatar is the character Ed Landini from "Infinitive of Go", Illustrator is Chris Moore

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Ninefox Gambit (2016) 4 stars

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle …

Space drama with a political twist. This place is all to do with shapes and numbers which kind of provide a magical effect.

So what happens if someone barges in to your galaxy and upsets the count?

Beyond the rift (2013, Tachyon Pub.) 5 stars

Combining complex science with skillfully executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the shifting border …

What a wild ride

4 stars

This book is a series of short stories, all of them very different. Most of them appear more as vignettes of life rather than having a nice and tidy ending and I like that.

What if we saw the typical horror story from the monster's side? Or if we needed to house humans right at the bottom of a deep sea trench, what could that look like?

There is a lot to take in and most of the stories were very entertaining without being a heavy hard-going read. If you like to read a story and think, "I've never seen it from that way" this is a worthwhile addition to your library.

And the end-notes reference a John Brunner book, which always a bonus in my, err, book.

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A Memory Called Empire (2020) 4 stars

Won the 2020 Hugo for Best Novel. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare is posted far from her …

Politics and spaceships

4 stars

What if, the Federation wasn't this big happy family and the humans weren't in charge but were only some minor part of some larger alien empire?

I enjoyed this book, it has a lot of politics; if you found the scenes in The Expanse around the earth parliament annoying, this book is not for you.

It also explains in an entertaining way how tricky being a Galatic Empire is, even (or perhaps because) you have the ships with the Big Guns.

A Memory Called Empire (2020) 4 stars

Won the 2020 Hugo for Best Novel. Ambassador Mahit Dzmare is posted far from her …

Politics and spaceships

4 stars

What if, the Federation wasn't this big happy family and the humans weren't in charge but were only some minor part of some larger alien empire?

I enjoyed this book, it has a lot of politics; if you found the scenes in The Expanse around the earth parliament annoying, this book is not for you.

It also explains in an entertaining way how tricky being a Galatic Empire is, even (or perhaps because) you have the ships with the Big Guns.

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Traveler in Black (1977, Ace Books) 5 stars

The Traveler in Black has many names but only one nature. He is tasked with …

One of my favourites

5 stars

This is a very typical John Brunner fragmented writing, some call it postmodernism writing. There are a set of seemingly unrelated short stories with the exception of the (almost) all-powerful Traveler in Black.

We watch the Traveler visit many strange lands, all the while bringing the world out of chaos. To do this, the Traveler must grant wishes; the twist being the old adage "be careful what you wish for".

How are these lands related and who is the Traveler? Some of these questions are answered, some remain a mystery.

Traveler in Black (1977, Ace Books) 5 stars

The Traveler in Black has many names but only one nature. He is tasked with …

One of my favourites

5 stars

This is a very typical John Brunner fragmented writing, some call it postmodernism writing. There are a set of seemingly unrelated short stories with the exception of the (almost) all-powerful Traveler in Black.

We watch the Traveler visit many strange lands, all the while bringing the world out of chaos. To do this, the Traveler must grant wishes; the twist being the old adage "be careful what you wish for".

How are these lands related and who is the Traveler? Some of these questions are answered, some remain a mystery.