‘Finder’ Review: An Adrenaline-Fueled Space Race

Finder is an action-adventure space opera done right, filled with death-defying acts and sheer luck of our thieving protagonist. There’s never a dull moment as we cycle through fight scenes, devious plots, and the nearly impossible task of stealing and delivering the payload. It’s a fun time and I enjoyed going along for the ride….

‘Edges’ Review: A Smart Space Opera in Search of Answers

Edges is an intellectual space opera featuring an epic journey to discover the answers of the lost human race. The writing is pristine, featuring strong characters who quest for the answers to humanity’s potential demise. With the dangers of a past war lurking on the outskirts and technologies that are a marvel to imagine, Edges…

‘The Luminous Dead’ Review: A Lonely, Terrifying Descent

The Luminous Dead is a tense descent into the caves of an alien planet, following a single climber as she attempts to discover a dark secret buried in the caverns. It’s a deeply personal account with only two characters, one climbing and one on the comm system. There are perils at nearly every turn and…

Previewing ‘A Chain Across the Dawn’

A Chain Across the Dawn is the kind of space opera I love, filled with action, high stakes missions, and a cause to fight for. I had a chance to preview the first third of the book and loved every page of it. The story begins in the action but I didn’t feel left out…

‘The Municipalists’ Review: When Man Meets Witty AI, Brilliance Ensues

The Municipalists is a collection of strangely compelling elements that coalesce beautifully, resulting in one of the more unique novels I’ve read this year. I was surprised to find a novel centered on an uptight civil service worker whose defining feature is an obsession with trains and the transit systems of various cities. Coupled with…

‘A Memory Called Empire’ Review: The Brilliance of a Master Worldbuilder

A Memory Called Empire is a tour-de-force, sweeping you into a complex story and brilliantly rendered culture. From the start, a new ambassador must tread carefully through the treachery of a predecessor suddenly deceased. Answers are hard to find, allies are difficult to determine, and dangers are lurking where least expected. It’s part murder mystery,…

‘The Chaos Function’ Review: The Art of Reworking an Apocalypse

The Chaos Function is an expertly crafted journey through the apocalypse, barreling down a winding road of terrifyingly real possibilities. What starts as a typical war reporter story becomes so much more, revealing a technology with a long and questionable history that defies understanding. Skillingstead presents us with a protagonist who is an expert at…

‘Rosewater’ Review: Brilliant Storytelling in the Near Future

Rosewater is a science fiction masterpiece, highlighting a deeply personal narrative amidst a brilliantly rendered world in the near future. It’s part supernatural, part alien invasion, part societal collapse, and part spy novel, all rolled into one. It’s easy to get pulled into Thompson’s inventive storytelling and, when you’re done, you’ll be happy to find…

‘The Bayern Agenda’ Review: The Thrill of Spies in Space

The Bayern Agenda is an expertly written combination of science fiction and espionage thriller, filled with well-drawn characters and a story you won’t be able to stop reading. You’ll find all of the intrigue of a cold war spy novel, set amidst a galaxy on the brink of another massive war. Moren deserves high praise…