All posts tagged: Robert A. Heinlein

Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In Space

Oh boy, am I excited about today’s Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm, because the focus is on books set in space—a topic squarely in my field of vision. And, as someone who read a lot of SFF over the years (check out the SFF books in my Library) I can now share some of my favourite titles with you. #1. RIMRUNNERS — by C. J. Cherryh is one of Cherryh’s numerous Company War novels. But this one is dark, gritty and a great view of military ‘grunts’ in space. As WO Bet Yeager, from the losing side, is forced to hide in plain sight aboard an enemy ship—with a death warrant on her head—and try to figure out a way to survive long enough to get off. #2. THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY — by Douglas Adams, yes, I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll probably mention it again at some point in the future DON’T PANIC! This classic is a fun (and at times yes, silly) read in …

I’m A Science Fiction Nerd And — This Is My Genre #Tag

How perfect in SciFiMonth that Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, tagged me to talk more about my favourite genre—which just happens to be, science fiction. As if I haven’t stopped all month boring everyone with my book and author recommendations, here’s me talking a little bit more about the genre I love. This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. What is your favourite genre? Ha! As if readers stopping by my blog don’t already now, but in case you didn’t, it’s science fiction. And the even broader umbrella: speculative fiction. Who is your favourite author in this genre? One? Only one? You’re kidding me … I’d have to say, as a child, maybe Robert A. Heinlein, but in my teenage years it was probably Anne McCaffrey and C. J. Cherryh I read the most. It’s hard to choose only one. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back? I’ve said it before, it’s the sheer scope and range of the genre that’s epic: from space opera, …

First Contact or, Alien Invasion?

First Contact can come in many guises. And, if such a thing every happens, what would the reality of Aliens arriving be like for us here, on planet Earth? Would First Contact be benign or an all out alien invasion? Well, there’s been enough written by various SF authors over the decades about who, what, how and even why aliens might come to Earth. From invading forces sent to conquer us, through to subtle ‘Overlords’ quietly subverting us with ‘gifts’ that, in the end, alter our DNA, changing us from within only to be absorbed into the ‘Overmind’. Right through to alien flora landing on Earth via a meteorite shower, and colonizing Africa from the roots up, as it does in Chaga! The creepiest novel I’ve read about first contact or, should that be, alien invasion? Was The Puppet Masters, by Robert A. Heinlein, in which an alien spacecraft lands in nowhere Iowa. And slowly, the alien ‘slug-like’ creatures start attaching themselves to human hosts, taking over their minds and bodies. Invasion of the Body …

6 Sci-Fi Book Suggestions For People Who Don’t Like SF

Following on from Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, I’m offering up a few suggestions of book choices, for those of you afraid to dip your toes into the SF swimming pool.   So, go grab your water wings, and let’s jump in at the deep end shall we: Let’s get funny For me the Piers Anthony and his Xanth series was a huge discovery, as a teen. The books are full of silly puns, fun characters, who go on weird-ass quests, where just about anything goes in a Xanth novel.  Start with: A Spell For Chameleon (Del Rey, 1977) Alternate history and timelines If you are a regular to my blog, then you will have seen a couple of reviews of mine for Gareth L. Powell’s Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy. Which is a fun fast mix of an alternate timeline, with a generous heaping of steampunk overtones, and characters that will make you sit up and go, wtf! As you’re introduced to a cigar-chewing sentient macaque who flies a Spitfire, circa WWII. Intrigued? You …

A Need for Speed

Oh, look, a shiny new planet … I’ll race you there! Today’s #RRSciFiMonth topic is loosely centred on ‘speed’. Which, strangely enough, made me think of these three books: THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon — This one has absolutely nothing to do with speed, dark, light, or otherwise, and is in the list because it mentions the word speed. Okay, so sue me. Why it is here, is because it’s a powerful story about what is “normal” and told in first person POV from an autistic man. THE ROLLING STONES by Robert A. Heinlein — Okay, so this one isn’t so much about speed as it is about a family who wrangle their way off the Moon, and the Luna Colony, head to Mars and then, make it out as far as Saturn. And is (in part) the inspiration for the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Heinlein wrote about an animal he called a ‘flat cat’ the reproduced like a tribble, long before Star Trek got to grips with its very …