Category: Literature

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Second Woman Who Wasn’t – A short story

For a few weeks I have been writing a Sherlock Holmes short story. As an author I write for SciFiEmpire.net kind of like a side-project. Yet I don’t often post the fiction that I write. It is something I intend to correct. In fact, if you follow this link you can read a Star Trek The Next Generation short story I published last month. Today I finished a draft of a Sherlock Holmes story I had wanted to write for a while. As the original Arthur Conan Doyle estate has no longer the exclusive rights pretty much anyone can use the...

Star Wars Inferno Squad by Christie Golden

Disney announces Star Wars Inferno Squad as sequel to Rogue One

Star Wars Inferno Squad The standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, released in December has not disappointed Disney financially. However, as most of the major characters died at the end of the movie we are not likely to see a sequel. LucasFilm producer Kathleen Kennedy has already said as much. To keep the Rogue One mini-franchise going Disney has announced a follow-up novel – Star Wars Inferno Squad. With this novel the Rogue One continues in another format. Inferno Squad is written by Christine Golden, whose work Dark Disciple I reviewed 18 months ago. The book is scheduled for release on July...

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 I can tell you writing a Computer Science book is no mean feat either. As I said this will be a series...

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 has both elements of steampunk and hard-sf. It is certainly is space opera, but trying to classify the story would do it...

Empire Games review by Charles Stross

Empire Games Review – Charles Stross returns to travel among time lines

Empire Games Since the start of the year I have had a bit of the January blues. The best medicine is to delve right into a good science fiction novel. Empire Games from Charles Stross is such a pick me up, and you can now find out if it might work for you too. Empire Games left me with a bewildering array of emotions, all of them positive. It is difficult to compare this story with anything I have read or seen before. The closest comparison I can think of are the TV-series Fringe and Sliders (first 2 seasons). Charles...

My new novel – Roland – is now available for pre-order from Amazon!

Roland Dear readers of SciFiEmpire.net – my third book, and second novel is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The title of the novel is Roland, named after the protagonist. It is set in in the future, though I would be hesitant to call it pure science-fiction. The novel is scheduled for release on January 29th, this Sunday. So those who pre-order it won’t have to wait long. I have set an introductory price of just $ 1.99 – so be quick because I don’t know if the price will remain that low for long. Roland marks the end of a long...

Star Trek The Next Generation A gentle Encounter Before Farpoint Deanna Troi wearing skirt uniform

Star Trek The Next Generation A Gentle Encounter Before Farpoint

Star Trek The Next Generation A Gentle Encounter Before Farpoint For a while now I have considered writing a novel set in the Star Trek universe. I already have an extensive collection of notes as well as outlines for several novels. Yet I have not been able to really make a good start. One issue is that the novel will probably be rejected because I am still a novice writer. Just before Christmas I felt an urge to salvage something. I wrote this short story for your entertainment. Perhaps it could be an impetus for something different. This short story ticks...

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net, your website for all Sci-Fi news

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net 2016 has come and gone. For many it outstayed its welcome. Problems such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has certainly made me apprehensive about the future. Sadly we also lost far too many celebrities: Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and actor Alan Rickman to name just a few. On the last day of the year we also lost William Christopher, who played father Mulcahy on M.A.S.H for over a decade. All this makes me resolute in my attempt to make 2017 a better year. But I will talk about my new year’s resolution...

Black Friday deal - purchase Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners for $2.99

Black Friday deal – purchase Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners for $2.99

Black Friday deal For those inclined to improve their Computer Science skills can now purchase my E-book on pre-order from Amazon. The book, entitled Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners, is for sale in the Kindle store for $ 2.99. You can download it directly to your Kindle or as an PDF and read it on any device of your choosing. As the title betrays the book is an introductory text into Linux, Programming and Hacking. It aims to teach novice readers a critical amount on each topic. Taken together forms a solid foundation about computers. You can read the full synopsis below. Linux, Programming and...

Black Friday deal - purchase Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners for $2.99

Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners now available on Amazon

Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners I wanted to give you guys the news that my computer book is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The book, entitled Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners, is for sale in the Kindle store for $ 2.99. You can download it directly to your Kindle or as an PDF and read it on any device of your choosing. As the title betrays the book is an introductory text into Linux, Programming and Hacking. It aims to teach novice readers a critical amount on each topic that taken together forms a solid foundation about computers. You can read...

The end for SciFiEmpire.net - So long and farewell!

The end for SciFiEmpire.net – So long and farewell!

The end for SciFiEmpire.net – So long and farewell! Readers of SciFiEmpire.net may have noticed I have been absent from posting for a few weeks. I had a lot of work to do and there are some big changes coming in my life. After some hesitation I decided the best decision was to stop posting on SciFiEmpire.net. Effectively that means the end of this blog. If anyone wants to continue the torch feel free to contact me. The decision to stop was not easy. Especially today. I was planning to post a review on the last Person Of Interest episode of...

Introduction to Swift for Ubuntu

Introduction to Swift for Ubuntu in one easy tutorial!

Introduction to Swift for Ubuntu Those regular readers of this blog may know that I am also a writer. Currently I have two books nearing completion. One is a science fiction novel which is now in its third and I hope last draft. The other book is closer to my profession. Its an introductory book on Linux and programming. This week I have been busy working on its second draft. Mostly I have been fixing typos, re-checking code examples and creating consistent screenshots. I thought it a good idea to share a sample chapter. This is an extra chapter called...

Star Trek Novels in 2016

A full release schedule of Star Trek Novels in 2016!

Star Trek Novels in 2016 It has been a while since I wrote an overview of all upcoming Star Trek Novels in 2016. Below is a preview of 14 novels announced for release this year. 7 of those are set in the TOS universe alone. The Original Trilogy TOS is getting a lot of love this year with no fewer than 7 novels scheduled for release. Two of those releases are this month, February, with Miasma (Ebook) by Greg Cox and The Latter Fire by James Swallow. In April we see the release of Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward. Then, from June...

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, publishing them in the most unlikely magazines besides those well known such as Interzone. Reynolds has previously published short fiction collections,...

A Happy New Year from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy New Year from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy New Year I would like to wish all readers a Happy New Year. I am sure 2016 will be a wonderful year filled with family happiness, job promotions and of course exciting Science Fiction! To get a glimpse of what you can expect from the new year you can read my two previous posts. The first previews upcoming sci-fi games and the second upcoming movies. The start of 2016 is also very promising. This evening the BBC will air a one-off special episode of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I will post a review tomorrow. The day...

SciFiEmpire christmas tree in winter. Wishing you the Seasons Greetings

Wishing you the Seasons Greetings

Wishing you the Seasons Greetings Christmas has almost arrived and the year is almost over. As such I wish every reader of this website the seasons greetings. I hope you will enjoy your holiday. I know I will. I will probably end up viewing The Force Awakens at the cinema for a second time this week. If you haven’t seen it yet, do go! For those who worry about a drought in articles can rest assured. I will post plenty over the coming week or so. For a start there is an update on Star Citizen, a preview of 2016, a...