Category: Literature

Penetration testing A Hands-on introduction to hacking by Georgia Weidman Review!

Penetration testing A Hands-on introduction to hacking by Georgia Weidman Review!

As I have studied Computer Science I am naturally interested in Penetration Testing. No one wants to leave their computer or mobile devices unprotected, but I also wanted to know more on how such dark arts are performed. I don’t want to know that because I want break into some one’s computer but I would like to know just how the worlds IT infrastructure is vulnerable to people pressing keys on their keyboards a world away. As such I have a number of books on penetration testing on my shelves, most are collecting dust. I am not sure why I thought...

Autómata preview movie poster starring Antonio Banderas

Autómata Preview and Trailer Released!

It took me by surprise this morning to discover that Antonio Banderas was starring in a Science Fiction movie. It is called Automata and from the trailer it seems to be a cross between Blade Runner and I, Robot. What surprised me even more is that the trailer was very good. Internet forums are full of trolls saying that a particular work is derived from another. I don’t care, I accept that artists can be inspired by other artists as long as they remain respectful. Without inspiration we would not have fantastic movies such as The Matrix and Star Wars. As for...

The Circuit - Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno Review

The Circuit – Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno Review

The Circuit – Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno Review The Circuit: Executor Rising is the début novel of Rhett Bruno, who is otherwise an architect attached to Syracuse University. The story follows an all too familiar premise. In the far future after the earth was destroyed (by all means kill the old girl) and humanity scattered in the solar system. Various factions are vying for control (they always are) over a rare element called Gravitum (there is always something like that). However, the familiarity doesn’t stop there. Most leaders of the factions in this SF tale are either corrupt or incompetent or both. There are religious nuts, assassins, would-be heroes that...

Follow SciFiEmpire.net now on Twitter

Follow SciFiEmpire.net now on Twitter

As some regular visitors to this site may have noticed I have started to make some alterations. I am still in the process of altering the desktop theme and I have now added a new mobile theme. I consider both to be work in progress so please do give feedback. Of course the main changes are about the social media connections. I already had a Facebook page (here) and a Google+ page (here) but now a Twitter account (here) has also been added. From now on every new post will be automatically uploaded to the three social media accounts where you can get...

Star Wars Tarkin by James Luceno

Disney announces new ‘Canon’ Star Wars literature

This morning the Walt Disney Company announced that the Star Wars literature and comic-books know as the Expanded Universe is not canon. Fans have been dreading the announcement ever since the first rumors started about Episode 7 some 10 years ago. Now it would seem that all those novels and comics are ready for the trashcan as Disney announces it will release 4 new ‘Canon’ novels as a tie-in for next years new Star Wars movie. I myself won’t mourn the Expanded Universe much, ever since the Yuuzhan Vong invasion it has been little more than junk. The amount of derivative work was just...

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Mentats Of Dune Free Giveaway!

The last two days have ben kind of hell for me as sadly my laptop decided that it was time to keel over. My old laptop is dead, long live my new laptop. Anyway, as such I had no way to write reviews of either Person of Interest, Agents of SHIELD and Revolution. So I will give a short recap to convince you to watch those episodes regardless. Person of Interest; Vigilance finally manage to get ahead of the curve by eluding The Machine, they manage to get their hands on documents proofing the existence of The Machine and the CIA...

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Mentats of Dune Review + Free Giveaway!

Another year has passed so we can read yet another novel of the Dune Expanded Universe. This year the book is entitled Mentats of Dune. Though there are many mentats in the story the title is mostly used for decorative purposes in a way similar to all Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson Dune novels. Mentats is the second book in the Schools of Dune trilogy that focuses on the creation of the Empire after the Butlerian Jihad. Specifically it focusses on organizations such as the Bene Gesserit, The Mentat School and The Spacing Guild. As this is the second book in the trilogy it is blessed with not being obligated to lay down...

A Day in the Future Chapter 8

Read the first 2 chapters of ‘A Day In The Future’!

Well, it’s Monday and the last article I wrote was the review of the seventh episode of Helix on Saturday. When I am not busy with college or work I tried to write an article every two days or so. However, Monday has been a slow news day. Sure, the two teaser trailers for Star Wars: Rebels are nice but chances are you would have already seen those before you reached my blog. The same goes for the behind the scenes images of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Well, with a title like that you know they are just milking it....

The X-files to return for 6 episodes. Gillian Anderson hot in sexy lingerie.

Gillian Anderson to author Science-Fiction saga ‘EarthEnd’

The X-files has been over for more than a decade, the show was briefly back in 2008 with the movie ‘I Want To Believe’ but that has been the only sci-fi outing for co-star Gillian Anderson in recent years. We have instead had the pleasure of seeing her acting in movie such as ‘Boogie Woogie’ and shows such as ‘Hannibal’ and ‘The Fall’. However, the 45-year-old X-files alumni is set to return to her sci-fi roots in a big way. Next year she will star in the Jon Wright movie ‘Our Robot Overlords’ besides Ben Kingsley, but she will also make her...

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The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth review!

Some of you may be wondering why it took so long for me to write a review of Alastair Reynolds’s ‘On The Steel Breeze’. The book has been out for almost two weeks now and I only posted the review yesterday. Well, besides being a very long story that takes days to read I also snuck in some Frederick Forsyth in between. In particular, I have been reading his latest thriller ‘The Kill List’ which I think is worthy of a proper review despite not being Science-Fiction. Ever since ‘The Day of the Jackal’ Forsyth’s thriller have both been absolutely brilliant reads as...

On The Steel Breeze Review

Compared to movies and TV-shows writing a book review is a lot harder. First you have to read it, and as it is Science-Fiction they rarely come in sizes small and medium but are usually large and extra large when it comes to the word count. As it takes time to read you quickly become worried that too many other websites will put up reviews before you do and so part of the fun in writing a review disappears. I am trying to be honest here, though I like writing a lot, I also want my blog to be read. However, when it comes...

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

On The Steel Breeze chapter 2 online!

As readers will probably know the next novel of the Maestro of Science Fiction Alastair Reynolds will be published at the end of September. The first chapter of On The Steel Breeze has already been online since last week and so now Gollancz has released a second. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a PDF version so you will have to read the chapter below. That’s hardly a burden now is it! I don’t expect a third chapter to be released, from here on I think it is just straight run to the finish line on September 26th! Stay tuned to www.SciFiEmpire.net for...

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

On The steel Breeze chapter 1 Online!

On The Steel Breeze For those readers who enjoyed ‘Blue Remembered Earth’ from Alastair Reynolds last can now read the first chapter of his upcoming novel ‘On The Steel Breeze’. This latest novel is a sequel to last years and the second in a planned trilogy called Poseidon’s Children.  Though last years ‘Blue Remembered Earth’ was not without it flaws I do belief that I have maligned a bit too much in my review, so better not search for it then. ‘On The Steel Breeze’ will be released September 29th. Synopsis An epic vision of our journey into deep space....

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SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 2nd anniversary!

SciFiEmpire Two years ago today I decided to make the big plunge and sign up for a website with a hosting company. For the most part I just wanted to vent my opinion on all matters science fiction, ranging from TV-shows, movies and novels that came about while my own writing career kind off passed by slowly. Strangely enough, writing a blog is easier and harder than I assumed it would be. The hardest part is keeping discipline to write something. I know, that kind of came out wrong. The easy part is all the technical stuff which I thought would...

Iain Banks - Posthumous release of The Quarry

Iain M. Banks dies at age 59!

Iain M. Banks dies at age 59! Renowned Scottish Science-Fiction author has died of gallbladder cancer at age 59. The author who also use the name Iain Banks on some of his books is mostly known for his ‘The Culture’ series. The Quarry. Iain M. Banks will see one more book released posthumously. It is entitled The Quarry and will feature a youngster and his father who is dying of cancer. The novel will be released 20 June 2013 in the UK and on 25 June 2013 in the US by publisher Little, Brown and Company. Synopsis… Kit doesn’t know who his mother...

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Dan Brown’s Inferno review!

As regular visitors know this website mostly focuses on Science-fiction, but sometimes I will review other popular media. Dan Brown’s Inferno that was released about a week and half ago kind of falls into that class despite the fact it has sci-fi elements. Ever since the novel The Lost Symbol from 2009 have I been waiting for a another book. You might say that I got hooked on Dan Brown through The Lost Symbol. As for his earlier works such as The Da Vinci Code, I was already familiar with theories about the holy grail being an allegoric reference to a possible bloodline of Jesus...