All posts tagged: Science Fiction

Top 5 Tuesday

Because Inge over at The Belgian Reviewer suggested it, I’ve been thinking about book covers and their impact. And more specifically, the one’s that I, personally, love. Certainly, there have been many over the years but, for this Top 5 post, I’m sticking to covers from the last few years rather than the last few decades. #1. THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty #2. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He as illustrated by Feifei Ruan #3. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett as illustrated by Josh Kirby #4. EARTHSEA by Ursula La Guin as illustrated by Charles Vess #5. The FLAVIA DE LUCE series by Alan Bradley as illustrated by Joe Montgogomery — And yes, I’m nominating the entire 10-book series for their bright colours, fun depictions, and consistent continuity of dark humour. What’s important to note about all these covers—bar the Flavia de Luce series—is they are all fantasy titles. Which begs the question, what’s wrong with all the other genres that they don’t put the same kind of effort …

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 …

Fictional Friday #1

P R O P H E C Y THE ELECTRICAL STORM raged across the darkening sky, in complete contrast to what Arianrhod felt. Or, to be more exact, what she didn’t feel. She didn’t feel anything. In fact, she felt empty, devoid of any emotion. A fact which bothered her on many levels. Had she compartmentalized them all—as was her want in times of stress—or did she just not feel anything as many seemed to believe? It had been four weeks to the day since her mother—who they were now calling the great Don—had passed away. And, in that time, all hell had broken loose. In many ways it was fitting that a storm should rage tonight of all nights. The night she had to give her final answer to the Council. Would she, as her mother’s heir, give up the life she led and take up the reigns of power to become the next Mhor Rioghain? The next Great Queen? As Captain of the prestigious Star Cruiser, the Bright World, pride of the Prydain …

A Lady of Letters: Part 1

10 St James’s Sq, London November 26, 1852 Dear Mister Turing, You arrived in a fluster on my doorstep yesterday without so much as a gentlemen’s calling card nor, may I say, wearing anything approaching gentlemen’s attire. And an uncovered head in public, Mr. Turing? Tut-tut. But let us set aside how scruffily dressed you were. You then proceeded to badger and cajole my butler, Samson, physically and forcibly gain entrance to my home, and chaotically open and slam nigh on every room door on the premise instead of waiting, as Mr. Samson suggested you do, in the hallway. As any proper person might. But, as I have found out to your detriment, you are neither polite nor a gentleman, Mr. Turing. What you are, I have yet to determine. Forcible? Most certainly. Irascible? Without question, and quite possibly, incoherent to a point of madness. You most certainly are in need of either a calming tonic or a dose of Madam Pompadour’s French Gin. Either way, it is what I finally discerned after deciphering the …

A World of Make Believe

I hope you will join me over on the Wrywriter website to read some of my short and serialised free fiction. And find out about another side of me that maybe you don’t know about: I write. Yes, fiction, and, did I mention, it’s free to read. What’s more, if you love to read science fiction, then you might also like to read my space opera, SPACE FLEET, where the story is posted as a series of Personal Logs, Data Entries, and Story Episodes, from the POV of several characters. One of whom—Ada Novak—is penned by the delightful Vera, from Unfiltered Tales. Stop by and let us know what you think, and more, why not sign-up for free notifications of new content, and never miss an episode.