Category: Literature

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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...

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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...

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...

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...

Frederick Forsyth

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tron Legacy Olivia Wilde

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....

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...

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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...

‘On The Steel Breeze’ cover of next Alastair Reynolds novel revealed!

‘On The Steel Breeze’ cover of next Alastair Reynolds novel revealed!

Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite sci-fi authors for over a decade now. Along with writers such as Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross he has caused nothing short of a veritable British Science Fiction renaissance. Reynolds is of course famous for his Revelation space novels which includes the epic Chasm City. This last novel still holds a very special place in my heart. However, after this series of novels Reynolds published some stories that were thought provoking but had...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire victory posters released!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire victory posters released!

The first thing on your mind when you hear ‘Hunger Games’ is Jennifer Lawrence photo-shopped picture on every billboard and internet banner there is. This year we get to do it all over again as the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is slated for a November 22nd release in the US. And to mark the fact that there are only nine months left to release Lionsgate Studios has released two preview posters of antagonists Katniss Evergreen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) on their victory...

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Review!

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Review!

Ever since the Neuromancer movie has moved into pre-production I have started reading and rereading William Gibson novels. Pattern Recognition is the first novel in a trilogy entitled ‘Bigend Books’, which is a reference to the character Hubertus Bigend that appears in all three novels. Pattern Recognition didn’t start out as the beginning of a trilogy, at first author William Gibson conceived it as a stand alone story but ultimately it grew with Spook Country (2007) and Zero History (2010). Pattern...