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Book Review: Space Cadet

Space CadetSpace Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was Heinlein’s third published novel and the second of his ‘juvenile’ books, and as far as I can remember it was the first book by Heinlein I ever read. Perhaps for that reason more than any other it is still one of my favourite Golden Age sci-fi novels.

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Book Review: The War Of The Worlds

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First published in 1898, H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds is undoubtedly one of the first great sci-fi novels. Following the template of invasion literature that was common in the later third of the nineteenth century it presents us with a hypothetical war waged by an intelligent Martian invader, and in doing so foreshadows much of the horror of the two world wars that were to follow it’s publication during the next fifty years.

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Book Review: Parable Of The Sower

Parable of the SowerParable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parable Of The Sower is the first half of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, and introduces us to a near future dystopia in which society has all but disintegrated following an ecological collapse. While the novel centres itself on the Western seaboard of the USA, it is implied (though not specifically confirmed) that the effects of the collapse have been felt worldwide. The story is presented through the eyes of the novel’s protagonist, Lauren Olamina, a teenage girl who initially lives with her father, step-mother and step-brothers in a walled community on the fringes of what’s left of Los Angeles. Lauren also has a condition which Butler calls ‘hyperempathy’, an ability which causes her to feel the perceived pleasure and pain of those around her.

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