Grand Tour #13 Ben Bova revisits the curious, atmospheric creatures of Jupiter, in this continuation of his Grand Tour series. 3.5 stars In brief: A good book for hard-ish SF readers, and definitely good for Bova fans.
Thomas Cale #1 Three boys grow up almost entirely in an inland monastery, as does a girl from a similar convent, in post-apocalyptic America. 2 stars In brief: A fantasy written by someone with only a passing familiarity with the genre.
Firebird Anthologies #1 A collection of fantasy and science fiction stories. 4 stars In brief: well worth picking up.
Alcatraz #1 The title pretty much says it all. Young Alcatraz is faced with evil librarians and dinosaurs. 3 stars In brief: While the writing is clever, it’s not clever enough.
H. G. Wells thoughts on world peace and the single transferable vote. 3.5 stars In brief: Interesting, inspirational, troubling, and funny in turn.
Void #2 The second book in Peter Hamiltons complex story of galactic politics, religion, and aspiration. 3.5 stars In brief: A worthy successor to The Dreaming Void.
An extended version of Vances novella The Kragen – descendants of a crashed interstellar prison ship deal with a squid-like local lifeform. 4 stars In brief: Worth a read by anyone.
Jubal Droad leaves home and becomes a spy, but is caught up in complex and bizarre intrigues. 4 stars In brief: A sympathetic read.
Void #1 The Dreamer broadcast to a highly evolved society the transmissions he received from the strange galactic Void region – dreams that have inspired a large movement that aims to replicate the dreams society. 4 stars In brief: A very satisfying read.
Dreamtime #1 The story of Reeth Caldason, a tormented warrior with a secret; Kutch, a novice magic user; and Serrah, another warrior, from another country. They and a host of others are enmeshed in the machinations of two empires fighting it out through proxies on the island of Bhealfa. 3.5 …