Category: Literature

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...

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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...

‘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 a lower readership because they were somewhat disjointed. This was countered by the Sci-Fi Steampunk novel Terminal World released in 2010. Ever...

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 tour as they were the winners (survivors) of the 74th Hunger Games. As you might guess even if you haven’t read...

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 Recognition deals with topics such as ‘found footage’, ‘memory of history’, globalization and branding. At times these themes come too...

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game Review!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game Review!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game by Alan Gratz is the fourth novel in the series and is set in the Star Trek Reboot Universe that was started with the 2009 movie directed by J. J. Abrams. This series of novels targets those aged 12 and above though it is certainly also recommended for older readers who want their fix of the new Star Trek. Plot outline…. The story starts with cadet’s Kirk and McCoy joining the ‘Assassination Game’, an impromptu competition at the academy wherein cadets need to kill each other with a spork, McCoy’s reason to join is to impress upon Nadja Luther, the game’s organizer....

The Assassination Game First Chapter Online! ***UPDATE Large cover***

The Assassination Game First Chapter Online! ***UPDATE Large cover***

After Simon & Schuster revealed the cover of their upcoming novel Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game they have now also uploaded the first chapter as a teaser. Download the PDF file here below to get it.   Enjoy!!!.   Download Link: Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game   (After hitting the link, push the top sentence entitled Starfleet Academy the Assassination Game).     ***UPDATE*** It would seem that Simon & Schuster have uploaded  a high-resolution version of the cover, it’s just gorgeous.

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game cover revealed!

Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game cover revealed!

After less than a week to go until its supposed June 26th release date publishers Simon & Schuster have finally revealed the cover of the fourth installment in The Starfleet Academy young adult novel series. Book 4 is entitled The Assassination game and is written by Alan Gratz. So far, I have reviewed all earlier novels in the series and I must say I am looking forward to this one. And even though the plots seems to have elements from the 1980’s movie Gotcha it also seems that series will continue its often bleak view of reality. The cover itself is OK I think, it...

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night Review!

Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night Review!

Plagues of Night is written by David R. George III, a Star Trek veteran vilified by fans over his earlier novel that was part of the Typhon Pact series. Rough Beasts of Empire of course dealt with the shocking divorce of Captain Sisko and Kasidy Yates. Plagues of Night however tries to tie-up all the earlier Typhon Pact novels by describing the events from the previous stories from the ‘Point of View’ of other characters in the first few chapters, sadly at first I didn’t know what the author was trying to do as I thought that history was repeating itself with these events. If that is the opinion of an experienced...

“Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury dies!

“Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury dies!

Ray Bradbury, the legendary writer of science-fiction, fantasy and horror died yesterday at the age of 91. Ray is of course mostly famous for Fahrenheit 451, a story were everybody has joined together to create a complete dystopia for those enlightened who happened to think differently. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman whose job it is to burn books, all books, but slowly changes his mind as he can’t identify the society around him with his own feelings.  Well, after Ray’s death it will come down to us all to be like Guy Montag and voice our opinion when we want to.  ...

Blue Remembered Earth Review!

Blue Remembered Earth Review!

Alastair Reynolds’ latest sci-fi novel is entitled ‘Blue Remembered Earth’, it was released earlier this year and here is the full review. The novel is the first in a planned trilogy called ‘Poseidon’s Children’ and as such it suffers from the fact that it tries too hard to be both epic and the necessity that certain plot points can’t be fully developed yet. The author Alastair Reynolds first rose to fame with his Revelation Space novels first released in 2000, the standalone sequel Chasm City still occupies a warm spot in my heart. Over the following years we have seen more sequels...

Star Trek Novels Update!

Star Trek Novels Update!

As I have not posted anything on Star Trek novels lately like I used to I will give a brief summary of what has happened on this front. ***UPDATED*** Here is the cover of Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game. ***UPDATED*** ‘Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game’. First of all is the prospective release of the Young adult novel ‘Starfleet Academy The Assassination Game’ by Alan Gratz late June next month, I say prospective because even though it is highly expected by fans there has been no information on this book whatsoever. Meaning no new synopsis, front cover or interviews by the author. Which gives rise to...

Fifth Starfleet Academy book slated for august 2013!

Various publishers have a listing for a fifth entry in the Starfleet Academy series, unfortunately it is slated for august 2013 which is still a while away. Meanwhile no news yet on the firth novel scheduled for June this year, I had hoped that the cover would have been released but so far no luck. Stay tuned for the announcement on who is to be the writer of the fifth book. source; http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1442428570/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=8ofsguitothet-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1442428570