Tag Archives: spaceships

Embers of War

At the start of the year, I posted a list of books I was planning to read for the Planetary Awards.  I’m going to try to blast out mini-reviews of the ones I’ve read before the February 14th nomination deadline.  That’s right, Feb 14, get your nominations in. Embers of War Embers of War will not […]

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 […]

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 […]