Tag Archives: spaceship

Reading on the Road

I haven’t been posting regularly for the past few months, as I wound down my last job and then drove back and forth across the country for job interviews.  It’s been fatiguing, but allowed me to burn through some audiobooks.  I’ll run through a few of them here, but I’m leaving out others, either because […]

Some Military Sci-Fi

This will be the last of my posts about books I’m NOT nominating for the Planetary Awards this year.  My plan is to finally make my nomination for best novel tomorrow, and for best short story on Thursday.  Thursday night (Feb 14) is the deadline, so get your nominations in by then! Rumors of War Rumors […]

The Rim of Space

The Rim of Space I’m sneaking in one more post at the end of Vintage Science Fiction Month.  Last week, I posted about Secret Agent of Terra by John Brunner, which I read in Ace Double #F-133.  The other half of that double is The Rim of Space by Arthur Bertram Chandler.  Chandler was a sailor […]

Series: Republic of Cinnabar Navy

With the Lightnings Once upon a time, there was a real-life historical figure named Thomas Cochrane.  His dashing naval exploits inspired at least two historical fiction series:  Master and Commander (I’ve read all 21 books in this series and enjoyed all but one) and Horatio Hornblower (I’ve only read the first book, which wasn’t bad, but […]

Setting: Galactic Empire, part 2

In part 1, I wrote about the enormous scale of a galactic empire.  If we’re going to turn that empire into a decent setting for a story, we’ll need to understand its economics. The first thing we need to know is what type of FTL (Faster Than Light) technology it has. Without FTL, the planets […]