‘Walking to Aldebaran’ Review: A Mind-Blowing Descent into Madness

Walking to Aldebaran is a mesmerizing descent into absolute madness. What begins as an exciting trek to a mysterious object nestled at the end of our solar system morphs into untold horrors as a single astronaut descends further into the bowels of an endless cavern. The protagonist begins as a human we can empathize with…

‘Einstein’s War’ Review: A Side of Relativity You’ve Never Seen

Einstein’s War is a comprehensive account of the many factors influencing Einstein’s theory of relativity. At times, it’s difficult to wrap your head around the science and mathematics involved, but this historical account breaks down some of the mystery. Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I By Matthew Stanley…

‘Borderless’ Review: Smart Storytelling in a Tech-Driven World

Borderless is a wonderful continuation of the Analog series, giving us a new protagonist and a new conspiracy with global implications that threatens to undermine human civilization as they know it. The villains are more villainous, the secrets are more damning, and the stakes are as high as can be. This is a spy novel…

‘Bandwidth’ Review: Political Intrigue Amidst a World on the Precipice

Bandwidth masterfully combines speculative genres, pitting political thriller against climate change science fiction to create a compelling narrative that constantly keeps you on your toes. The character development is spot-on, showing us a protagonist with a difficult past whose career and life choices are coming back to haunt him. The novel surprised me at every…

Previewing ‘Empress of Forever’

I had a chance to preview Empress of Forever, out this June, and it is the wildest of rides through space, time, and reality. It’s the kind of book that slowly pulls you in, showing you an interesting character who seems pretty normal. She makes a big life decision, adding a bit of intrigue to…

‘The Undefeated’ Review: An End to Some, A Beginning to Others

The Undefeated is smart, insightful storytelling, following a writer in her later years as she returns to her childhood home on a planet soon to be invaded. What starts as a bit of fond reminiscence becomes a story of oppression, detailing the everyday acceptance of slavery in the shared universal culture. We see how prejudices…

‘The Obsoletes’ Review: Robo-Adolescence On Display

The Obsoletes is a robot-meets-coming-of-age tale, balancing the angst of a teenage boy with the difficulties of operating as a robot in an unaccepting human world. The protagonist is a deeply complex character who spends every waking moment trying to get by in the world. He acts as father, mother, and brother in the household, presenting…

‘Radicalized’ Review: Science Fiction Meets Modern Society

Radicalized is a no holds barred look at the major issues plaguing our modern day society, incorporating science fiction and technology elements into smart, on point storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, marveling at how well he is able to discuss and breakdown issues like income inequality, racial profiling, a corrupt health system, and the…

‘Superlative’ Review: Chasing Extremes in the Natural World

Superlative follows its title expertly, detailing the many species and biological marvels that fall within the extremes of their respective genera. It’s a fascinating book written in a down-to-earth style that’s filled with the excitement and wonder of a scientist’s inner child. At the end, you’ll understand how amazing the world truly is and how…