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Unashamedly elitist science fiction

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Unashamedly elitist science fiction



July 26th, 2019

The Del Rey paperback collection The Best of Murray Leinster includes most of the best-known stories of one of the most underrated of golden age science fiction writers. Here's the link to my review.

May 6th, 2019

Inherit the Stars

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James P. Hogan's Inherit the Stars is great ideas-based science fiction but it’s the slow, devious, tortuous and extremely clever unravelling of a complex puzzle that makes it enthralling. Here's the link to my review.

March 9th, 2019

Rex Stout was famous for the Nero Wolfe mysteries but Under the Andes is an interesting early science fiction/lost world novel of his. Here's the link to my review.

January 18th, 2019

I've reviewed Isaac Asimov's intriguing dystopian science fiction murder mystery The Caves of Steel. Here's the link to my review.

November 16th, 2018

Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel Monkey Planet became a major pop culture phenomenon when it was filmed in 1968 as Planet of the Apes. The novel itself is not as good as the movie but it's still worth checking out. Here's my review.


August 8th, 2018

Dennis Wheatley is best remembered for his occult thrillers but he wrote science fiction and lost world tales as well and They Found Atlantis belongs to both these genres. And it's a great deal of fun. Here's the link to my review.


July 1st, 2018

Gerry Anderson's much maligned and perhaps slightly underrated 1970s British science fiction TV series Space: 1999 spawned a very extensive series of spin-off novels including quite a few original novels. These included E.C. Tubb’s Alien Seed which appeared in 1976.

Alien Seed is one of the more successful TV tie-in novels that I’ve read so far. It’s slightly more serious in tone than the television series but it still manages to feel like a genuine Space: 1999 story. It’s quite ambitious, it's reasonably intelligent and on the whole I think it can be said that it's a succees. It’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s the link to my review.

June 25th, 2018

The Radio Man

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Ralph Milne Farley's The Radio Man is a light-hearted and quite enjoyable 1924 planetary romance. Here's the link to my review.


June 1st, 2018

Leigh Brackett’s 1964 novel The Secret of Sinharat is an expanded version of her 1949 novella Queen of the Martian Catacombs. Here's the link to my review.

April 22nd, 2018


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Edgar Rice Burroughs created a number of extraordinarily well thought out imaginary worlds, of which the Pellucidar cycle was one of the most interesting. The second book in this cycle, Pellucid, appeared in 1923. Here's my review.

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