Book review: Battlemage (Age of Darkness 1) by Stephen Aryan

Regular visitors to my blog will know that although I’m an avid reader, I tend to read a fairly narrow range of genres. I like space opera, and I like military SF, and there are more than enough books in those genres to keep me going for a lifetime. When I need variety, the crossover…


Netflix review: Lost in Space (2018)

It sometimes seems that Hollywood – and the media industry generally – is caught in endless cycle of reboots. It’s often said that there are no new ideas anymore, and in the last few years we’ve seen an increasing number of reboots and reimaginings of classic films and series. Some have been good; with the…


Happy Easter and bonus review: Alien: Escape

Happy Easter to one and all! Today’s post is a bonus review, which is (very tenuously) linked to the season. This is my review of a London attraction that involves a very different sort of egg… Madame Tussauds is currently (as of April 2018) host to a unique attraction set in the Alien universe. Titled…


The Eternity War: Exodus – cover launch!

Hugely exciting news today – Orbit have revealed the cover to my next book! Take a look at The Eternity War: Exodus… Releasing in November 2018, Exodus is the next chapter in The Eternity War trilogy. If you’ve read Pariah – the first instalment in the series – then you’ll know that things were left…


New interview: Crash Landing with Stephen Aryan

You’re crashed on an alien planet (of your choosing). You have to choose five books to keep you occupied. What do you choose, people? WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE? These, and many other SFF choices, are the subject of Stephen Aryan’s brand new podcast series, Crashing Landing! As well as being the award-winning author of the…


The Lazarus War & The Eternity War: suggested reading order

I’ve had a few emails lately from readers asking about the order in which they should read my books, so I thought I’d do a blogpost on the topic. I now have two book series on general release, with another book due later this year, and several foreign language versions available, so things are bound…


Book review: Babylon’s Ashes by James SA Corey

Babylon’s Ashes is the sixth in the hugely popular Expanse series. Not only has The Expanse been a highly successful run of books, but it has also recently been made into a very well-received TV series by SyFy (available on Netflix in the UK). It’s also one of my favourite SF book series – so…


Movie review: Black Panther

Since Black Panther’s inclusion in Captain America: Civil War, comic book fans have been eagerly awaiting T’Challa’s stand-alone movie. Black Panther is a character with a huge cult following – a unique superhero, who stands apart from the standard Marvel fare. But the film has had a troubled history; dwelling in development hell since as…


Book review: The Warmaster by Dan Abnett

The Warmaster is the fourteenth novel in the Gaunt’s Ghost series, and marks Dan Abnett’s long-awaited return to Black Library. Incredibly, the thirteenth entry in the series – Salvation’s Reach – was published all the way back in October 2011, and left Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his famous Ghosts in the aftermath of a tremendous victory…


Netflix review: Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon is – somewhat incredibly – Richard K Morgan’s debut novel. The combination of cyberpunk SF and detective noir hits a particularly sweet spot: representing in some ways an updating Bladerunner, and standing as a modern day classic for many. I was a latecomer to the series; I think that I picked AC up…


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