I realized that although I have made many lists of books, I have never done a list for military science fiction, one of my favorite sub-genres to read. An online friend asked about recommendations, so I did what I usually do, and crowdsourced the list-making. Over 300 comments later… No, not all of them were… Read More Top 100 Military Science Fiction Books
This is a question that was asked, and answers posed for, on a panel I recently attended. The panelists were David Drake, Christopher Stasheff, David Burkhead, Mark Haynes, and Dave Creek. I only jotted a few notes during the panel, but there were some interesting thoughts that I will use to springboard into my… Read More What is Hard Science Fiction?
Into the Hinterlands by David Drake and John Lambshead Fair warning, I think David Drake is the best author working today. That being said he is human, some of his work is better than others. John Lambshead is a British author that has done work for Baen. I have had some slight on line encounters with… Read More Curmudgeon Review: Into the Hinterlands
First of all, I’m back, and I’m sorry for my lack of planning! I thought I would have a few minutes to put up a post Saturday and yesterday, and it didn’t happen. Next year, I will plan ahead for this. We arrived in Tennessee on Thursday, early, treating that first day as a vacation… Read More LibertyCon 27 AAR
My Mom was looking for good SF or Fantasy books, cheap FREE. So I compiled a list, with links, for her. On Basilisk Station, by David Weber Oath of Swords, also by David Weber, one of the best Epic Fantasy series out there. A Hymn Before Battle, by John Ringo, excellent military SF 1632, by… Read More Favorite Free Reads!
Starships are meant to fly… So yes, I do listen to my daughter’s music from time to time. But that line caught me, and it came back as I finished Mistress of the Waves and started thinking more about the central premise of the story. George Phillies succeeded in doing something that rarely works out… Read More Review: Mistress of the Waves
It seems obvious that in order to get a reader interested in your story, you must have a great line. Something that stands out, grabs their attention, but isn’t corny. The idea here is to intrigue your reader and bring them into the story without making them lean away and smile politely until they can… Read More Seducing the Reader: Part 1
Wanderlust Lost Tennyson’s Ulysses was written when Tennyson was a very young man, but it deals with Ulysses in his old age, home from twenty years of wandering and fighting the gods themselves, and it resonates with men of the age Ulysses is in the poem. How is this possible? Tennyson grasped on the… Read More Wanderlust Lost