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Book Review: Beyond This Horizon

Beyond This HorizonBeyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Beyond This Horizon, is the second of Heinlein’s published novels, and introduces us to a future utopia where poverty no longer exists and genetic engineering has advanced to a point where it is possible to selectively breed children for increased health, intelligence and longevity. The biggest problem faced by most of this world’s denizens is what to do with their time, leading to a society in which decadence is the norm and duelling with sidearms is considered an acceptable way of resolving disputes. Non-advanced citizens also exist, known as control normals, and are seen by the majority of others as a baseline with which to compare the genetic improvements found in the general populace.

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Book Review: Rocket Ship Galileo

Rocketship GalileoRocketship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Rocket Ship Galileo is the first book that Heinlein had published, and as one his works aimed at younger (juvenile) readers is heavy on action and adventure but light on heavy thinking. It’s also one of the earliest Heinlein books I remember reading as a pre-teen and still holds a strong appeal for me despite the passage of time.

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Book Review: Imago

Imago (Lilith's Brood, #3)Imago by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Imago is the third and final volume in Octavia E. Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy, and if I’m being honest I’m not entirely sure whether or not to say it’s my favourite of the three. On the one hand I found it to be an excellent read, but once I’d finished it I couldn’t help but feel a little disturbed by some of the concepts raised by the story.

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Science Fiction: Serious Literature or Commercial Pulp?

One of the arguments I regularly hear from the literati is that science fiction doesn’t count as ‘serious’ literature, usually backed up by the claims that sci-fi is nothing more than a pot-boiling thriller set in space, or that sci-fi doesn’t carry some deep and meaningful message like serious literature does. I’ve even heard all science fiction referred to as “cheap trash with absolutely no literary merit whatsoever”, and when I’m exposed to such uninformed assertions I can’t help but be incensed. Now, given that I’m a sci-fi writer myself you could be forgiven for thinking this is just a knee-jerk reaction, but I truly believe that science fiction (or any other genre fiction, for that matter) can have a place alongside serious literature.

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