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The War Of The Worlds Retro Review

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The War of the Worlds; a retro-review of the greatest alien invasion story of all time

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Prelude to Foundation

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The key to making Prelude to Foundation work is Seldon himself and, like many of Asimov’s other scientist-heroes, he works.

Some Thoughts On The SF Canons

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Continuing thoughts on the SF Canon discussion, other voices heard from.

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Foundation And Earth

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What’s wrong with psychohistory?

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Foundation’s Edge

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The book’s greatest weakness, however, is that it ties the Foundation to the Robots universe. I don’t dislike the robots, but I think they’re a step too far for the universe.

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Second Foundation

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Very little was known about the Second Foundation, ensuring its survival in a hostile universe.

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Foundation And Empire

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Foundation and Empire presents the Foundation with a challenge from a past that cements it’s position, then knocks everything out of kilter - subverting the whole series.

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Foundation

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Asimov was feeling his way into the Foundation universe - and it’s largely unique character - and it shows.

The Foundation Trilogy Reread: Introduction

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A modern day empire builder looks back on one of his influences in this re-read of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Retro Review: Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein

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Chris Nuttal[ offers his latest retro review of one of Heinlein's more controversial, later novels.

Retro Review: Heinlein’s The Rolling Stones

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A new look at an old Heinlein tale.

Heinlein in Reflection

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Chris Nuttall summarizes his recent retro reviews and continues discussing one of fandom's perpetual subjects.

Retro Review: Farnham’s Freehold by Robert Heinlein

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Chris Nuttall takes a look at one of Heinlein's most controversial novels.

Retro Review: Stranger in a Strange Land

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Unlike Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land is an outdated novel.

Retro Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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There is something more than a little disturbing about how Luna treats woman...

Classic Battlestar Galactica – The Review

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Battlestar Galactica's flaws are outshined by the sheer amount of work that went into the series and, in many ways, the performance of the cast.

Retro Review: Starship Troopers

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Chris Nuttal takes another look at Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

Review: Netflix’s Death Note

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Being a largely cerebral story, Death Note simply doesn't lend itself very well to the TV screen. I was therefore unenthused when Netflix announced that it would turn Death Note into a movie.

Guest Editorial: A Character Who Happens to be Black

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One of the charges leveled at the Sad Puppies is that they are against ‘diverse’ characters in books (and comics, movies, TV shows, etc.) The people who level these charges are, essentially, accusing the Sad Puppies of racism, that the only reason they could possibly have for objecting to these characters is their race (or gender, or sexuality, or whatever.) It is a fairly obvious rhetorical trap. By asserting that racism is the only reason to object to these characters, they brand the Sad Puppies as racists.

Review: Live Free or Die

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Live Free or Die -John Ringo Reviewing Live Free or Die is a complicated task. I like the book, I think it’s the best Ringo book...

An Introduction to Schooled in Magic

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Different worlds, different science. Chris Nuttall introduces us to one of his favorite themes.

The Real World Is A Messy Place

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The Empire's Core series (eight books in all) now has a new companion. Chris gives you the details.

Book Review: Black Magic Academy

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Black Magic Academy isn't your classic school story with magic. Not really.

Review: Warp Speed by Travis S. Taylor

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I broke with my standard rule of not buying hardbacks from a new author until I’d actually read the work. Do I regret that decision? It’s hard to say...

Review: 1945 by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

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Without Hitler, Nazi Germany doesn't declare war on the United States; instead, saner men take the helm and use more rational policies to bring the USSR to its knees

Review: The Draka Series

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The world of the Draka is the dark reflection of our own world. The core idea behind the series is that refugees from British North America settle South Africa (captured in the war) instead of Canada.

Review: Himmler’s War

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Himmler's War by Robert Conroy Writing alternate history (and period fiction) is a tricky task. There is always the temptation to bend details for the...

Review: Crisis of Empire

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Crisis of Empire (David Drake, Thomas T. Thomas, W.C. Dietz, Roger MacBride Allen and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.) -An Honorable Defence -Cluster Command -The War Machine -Crown of Empire Somewhat irritatingly,...

Review: First Citizen by Thomas T. Thomas

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Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (December 1, 1987) First Citizen by Thomas T. Thomas Julius Caesar is one of the few figures from Ancient History to...

Review: Lucy’s Blade

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Lucy' Blade John Lambshead Baen Books Kindle $6.83 Lucy’s Blade is a deeply frustrating book. There is a core of a very good story here; I enjoyed reading...