Space 1975: Space Opera Stories with a 1970s Twist

Lovers of wild science fiction stories rejoice! Space: 1975 is a short story anthology with one thing in common: they are all science fiction stories written in the crazy style of the 1970s. Break out your bell-bottoms, keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle, and let these fabulous authors take you on rides of fancy. I love older science fiction. There’s something about the stories of the time that didn’t strive for perfection. Maybe…

Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising

Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising is the first book in the new Chiss Ascendancy series from Timothy Zahn. I was very excited when this book was announced. I’ve been a big fan of the Thrawn character since I first read the Heir to the Empire series. Zahn’s skill at creating unique stories, as well as his ability to write in the Star Wars universe, has only got better with time. What piqued my interest immediately was…

Terminal Alliance: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse

Terminal Alliance, the first book of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series, is a comedic military series fitting for our times. A disease inhibiting brain function devasted the human population. They are little more than violent, bipedal apes. An alien race called the Krakau has cured a small portion of the human population. In return, the cured humans serve as the main fighting force in the Krakau military. Enter our intrepid heroes. They aren't the…

Star Wars Queen’s Peril

EK Johnston's second book about Padme, Queens Peril, is set before and concurrent with The Phantom Menace. I'll be honest; when I first read the book's announcement, I thought it would be similar to the old journal series where the story is retold from the perspective of a single character. I was wrong. This book is so much more than that. It's a story of empowerment, not just for Padme but for her handmaidens as…

All Systems Red

Murderbot doesn't want to murder. Murderbot wants to watch TV. Unfortunately, Murderbot has to murder. Sometimes. Because Murderbot is a SecUnit, and its job is to protect whoever the company tells it to protect. As a point of discussion, Murderbot's pronoun is it. I'm not dehumanizing it. You could yell at Wells for dehumanizing Murderbot, but Murderbot isn't human. So don't @ me. Murderbot has no name. It thinks of itself as Murderbot because it's…

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Rosemary Harper, human, joins the multispecies crew of the Wayfarer. Their job is to tunnel wormholes that allow near-instantaneous travel between two points in space. The story chronicles one such trip that requires an unusually long transit time. Set in the Galactic Commons, an area of the Milky Way galaxy controlled by a central, collaborative government, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a multifaceted work of art. Chambers does an exceptional job…

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

Another addition to the official canon, Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne is typical of what seems to be the normal addition currently. That is, it follows a well-known character in the time between two of the movies. This one follows Luke Skywalker shortly after Episode IV. However, most Star Wars novels, even those from the legends canon, were in the third person. Heir to the Jedi is written in the first person from…

Dark Space

The first book in the Dark Space series, set in the far future in a post-apocalyptic galaxy, Dark Space is the epitome of dark sci-fi full of classic tropes. The ISS, a government lasting 10,000 years, has failed to drive out an invasion of a hostile alien species. All that remains of the human race is a few spare thousand, taking refuge in a barely habitable stronghold, barely able to feed themselves, and just barely…

Tarkin: Star Wars

James Luceno is an accomplished author and a veteran in the legacy Star Wars Expanded Universe. Tarkin: Star Wars is his latest work in the Star Wars Universe, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Story Group, making it part of the new official canon. Reestablishing some of the legacy canon as well as developing new canon, Tarkin does not disappoint. The novel is based around, wait for it, Wilhuff Tarkin, and one recognizes his foul stench…