Tagged: Alastair Reynolds

Tips on Writing Fiction - Point of View

Tips on Writing Fiction: Part 1 – Finishing that first draft

Tips on Writing Fiction After the release of my second novel Roland, which you can purchase on Amazon Kindle, I thought it a great idea to write a short series articles on the writing process itself. After about a decade spent as a writer I think I have something to offer other prospective writer’s. So far I have published two novels, two novella’s, half dozen short stories and a book on Linux. These tips will mostly be useful for writing fiction, but...

Revenger review

Revenger review – Alastair Reynolds shows us a world of pirates and skulls, in space

Revenger Writing this review of Revenger is hard. The novel was released in September 2016 and though I am a major Alastair Reynolds fan I initially passed. I am not sure why, Revenger was hinted at by the author for a long time, but its sudden release made me worry it wasn’t that good. I need not have worried, Revenger is fantastic even if there is little to compare it with. But that is hardly a bad thing. So the story is hard to compare, it...

Beyond the Aquila Rift

Beyond the Aquila Rift: Alastair Reynolds short fiction collection

Beyond the Aquila Rift Sometime ago I wrote a preview about the upcoming works of famed sci-fi author Alastair Reynolds. Well, fans of his writing can look forward to even more of his stories. First up is BEYOND THE AQUILA RIFT: THE BEST OF ALASTAIR REYNOLDS. This is a collection of the author’s short fiction and novellas. For those readers unfamiliar with the author, Aquila Rift is his nomme de plume or alter ego. Reynolds has a long history of writing short fiction,...

Aurora Review - Kim Stanley Robinson

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson a Review

Aurora Review Author Kim Stanley Robinson released a new novel this year, Aurora. I considered it time to gather my thoughts and write a review for this very good book that alas also has some major deficiencies. Aurora is set some 500 hundred years into future on a generation ship. It’s goal is the Tau Ceti system. Freya, daughter of Devi, the de facto chief engineer, is struggling with her late adolescence. Her parents are worried she is not up to...

The Medusa Chronicles – Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter join forces

The Medusa Chronicles Hot after the release of his novel Poseidon’s wake and his short-fiction Slow Bullets famed SF author Alastair Reynolds has another book almost ready to go. It is entitled The Medusa Chronicles and it was co-written with another famous SF author, Stephen Baxter. The story is a sequel to the Arthur C. Clarke novel A Meeting With Medusa, published in 1971. The novella served as inspiration for the space dwelling creatures from the Star Trek TNG pilot...

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review

This April the third book in the Poseidon’s Children series by Alastair Reynolds, Poseidon’s Wake, is set to be released. Afterwards the novella, Slow Bullets, will gets its turn. The tentative release date is June 9th and this is an advance review. For those who are fans of Chasm City or his novella series Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days will find Slow Bullets to be very satisfying. Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds Review Slow Bullets takes place in the far future...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...