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Book review: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

In trilogies, a series comes to an end with the third book. Off course. That’s the point, right? And yes, even the mind bending, convention shattering Imperial Radch series comes to an end with Ancillary Mercy. Why? Because, like I said, it’s the third book and trilogies have only three books. But is it done? No. Definitely not. Or at least, I don’t want it to be done. Is Ancillary Mercy that good? Yes, it is. Both Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword were excellent, my opinion. But Ancillary Mercy is the best.

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Book review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword is the second book in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy. The First book, Ancillary Justice (which we also reviewed, check it here), received loads of critical praise and won a bunch of awards. These include the most prestigious awards in Science Ficiton. Ann Leckie received not only the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, but also the BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Award. As you might expect, Ancillary Justice’s sequel was highly anticipated.Continue reading

Only one year until new Ann Leckie book

If you are like me, you are craving for a new book by Ann Leckie from the moment you put down the conclusion to her epic Imperial Radch trilogy. Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy are all equally fantastic novels and I just can’t wait where Ann’s imagination takes us next.

New Ann Leckie books to come

Well, we have to wait just a little longer. A year to be more precise. Ann Leckie has signed with Orbit Books for two more books. The first of those will be released in the fall of 2017. And gues what, it will be set in the same universe as the Imperial Radch trilogy. I guess it’s inevitable that when a series is this succesful, it continues beyond the original series. And I think it’s great. It would be a shame to drop a universe so rich and full of potential. I doubt the book will be a continuation of the story line set in the Imperial Radch trilogy, but there is a whole universe to explore.Continue reading

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What we know.

The wait is almost over. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit the cinemas on December 16th. I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see what this new exploration of the Star Wars universe brings. A fresh perspective on the attack on the Death Star from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. And, let’s not forget it is the first of the Star Wars Anthology Series. A series of four (until now) announced stand alone Star Wars movies The extended Star Wars Universe is brought to the big screen. It’s a great time for to be a fan.

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National Geographic’s MARS. Any good?

Last Sunday National Geographic broadcasted the first episode of six part miniseries Mars. Mars is part drama/adventure/Sci Fi and part documentary. They call it a scripted-documentary hybrid (whatever the heck that means). About half consists of interview with people trying to get us to the Red Planet. The other half takes place in 2033. It is essentially a fictionalized preview of the first human mission to Mars. Question is: is it any good?

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First Impressions: HBO’s Westworld

On October 2, HBO’s new massive budget series Westworld premiered. I was looking forward to this from the day it was announced, but also a bit anxious. I have watched the first three episodes by now and the big question is (as with any high profile Sci Fi production): can it deliver? Can something that we can’t compare to real world examples be made into a convincing visual experience?

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In short, yes it can.

Absolutely.

So stop reading, run to your preferred watching gizmo, don’t delay and dive in!

 

 

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Michael Crichton: an overview of his work

While reading about the new HBO series Westworld, I found out that it is based on the 1973 movie Westworld which was created, written and directed by the great Michael Crichton. I have been a longtime admirer of the man and big fan of his work. Because he sadly passed away at 66 in 2008 I thought to pay tribute to the man and his work by writing about him and giving you an overview of his work.

Well, not all of his work. I’ll focus of the science fiction related part of his work. Michael Crichton was a very prolific writer on many topics and maybe he is best known by the general (non-Sci-Fi enthusiast) public for creating one of the longest running dramas in TV history: medical drama ER. But, as said, I’ll go into his excellent science fiction work.

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Book series overview: The Expanse

The Expanse book series is an exhilarating Space Opera by James S.A. Corey.

The Expanse book series is not just regular a series of books. It is a friggin’ swarm of cool material. There are the main books (five published, four more to come), the novellas (three published, two more planned) and two short stories. And let’s not forget that the series is adapted for TV, which opens a whole new host of possible Sci-Fi pleasures. But, let’s start with the main story: the books.

Humanity has explored and colonized the entire solar system. There are two main colonies – Mars and Ceres Station (a space station on the largest asteroid in the system) – which have become sovereign powers independent from Earth. Ceres Station is home to the Belters: humans raised in low-gravity conditions. Earth and Mars have been exploiting the inhabitants of The Belt, which now is a powder keg of social unrest and dissatisfaction.Continue reading

Book Review: Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice is the first book of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy. An intelligent and thought provoking Space Opera. A real SciFci must read!

Mindblowing

OK, I’ll just get it right of my chest: this Ann Leckie blew my mind! Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is the first book of an epic trilogy with story angle I have not seen before. To put it in one sentence: Ancillary Justice tells the story of a multibody form of artificial intelligence (AI) that ends up trapped in one of its many bodies and goes out to get revenge in a world where gender distinction is not embedded in language and sociopolitical status determines just about everything. Yep… crazy cool.Continue reading