A Night Without Stars
Written by Peter F. Hamilton.
Narrated by John Lee
Bienvenido was a world that the Brandt Colony ships had crash landed on after they entered the Void and all their tech had stopped working. 3,000 years of dictatorship by the Captains led to a revolution after Nigel set off a Quantum Buster in the Faller Forest and got them expelled from the Void to…a deeper Void. At least their tech started working again in time for them to fight with the Prime and Faller invasions. Krysandra, the warrior Angel, can’t keep up with the idiocy of the planetary government.
Now Nigel’s backup plan of a cloned Paula Maio has engaged to rescue Bienvenido and the Fallers have accelerated their Apocalyptic time table. Maybe they’ll find some unexpected allies? As usual I thorough enjoy works by Peter Hamilton. The character voice ranges in this work may have stretched the ability of John Lee but I still enjoyed its telling. Overall five out of five entertainment units.
Post Human Series Books 1-4
Written by David Simpson
Post Human Books 1-4 is what I would consider an Omnibus novel. That is good because really detest when authors under develop a story and the end product comes out under the Hugo definition for a novel.
Craig Emilson is a a Special Forces Operator working for the US trying to suppress the Chinese effort to develop a strong A.I. He and his team do a sub-orbital insertion into a radioactive wasteland from SpaceShip II, way to go Virgin Galactic. Just the start of a very twisted saga of events stretching a couple of hundred years, Moore’s law not withstanding.
The books progress from Sub-Human to Post Human, Human Plus and finally Trans-Human. In some of the story-lines the reader has a firm grasp of who is the protagonist and who is not but by the end…we are our own worst enemy.
I liked the quality of this book from concept through editing and the price is excellent for a kindle product. Personally, I give it four out of five stars for entertainment value and ignore some of the hand waving that occurred during…oh, trans-dimensional travel, worm-holes, alien humanoid shaped androids because we are the pre-eminent shape sentient life would choose…okay, so I didn’t ignore it.
Here is something that caught my notice because it truly is BS. Amazon shows this work has 1,816 reviews. If you think that is legit good for you. I don’t. Just call me jaded I guess but the effort to get legitimate reviews out of readers these days is Herculean and to see that tens of thousands are putting up reviews for best sellers sends up my scam antenna.
For the most part the demographic that consumes Science Fiction is not extroverted in the manner that would gain this response. That being said I’m encouraging folks to read this book in the four book form. Enjoy!
Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Narrated by Macleod Andrews
Damn it, no damn is safe!
The Centauran circus has come to town and they are serious about their take.
Apparently…so are we
I’m not sure who was imitating who but Footfall is a 1985 SciFi novel not unlike the Colonization series by Turtledove. Now these guys do not need praise or criticism from somebody three decades later but it is astounding how this work has stood the test of time…written as it was, a near term work.
Pachyderm-like aliens invade our solar system to try and take Earth from us. They bombard us with kinetic weapons, lasers and other crap they inherited from their predecessors. We on the other hand, are stimulated into innovations for fighting back. Can you hear the jingoistic species martial music in the background?
By the way, where else can a borderline alcoholic biker guy become a hero and then a space combatant ship do it all engineer? I liked this book back when I read the dead-tree version and I still like it in audio. Four stars for some hard SciFi.