Book and Film Reviews

Review of Quantum Leap season 1, pilot episode July 13, 1985 (2022).

Out of Time: An Atticus Wolfe Time Travel novel (2022) by Dave Sinclair.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a 2021 fantasy film.

Infinity Engine: Transformation Book Three (2017) by Neal Asher.


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Review of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the Season One wrap up (2022).

Review of episode ten of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: A Quality of Mercy (2022).

Review of episode nine of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: All Those Who Wander (2022).

Review  of episode eight of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Elysian Kingdom (2022).

Review of episode seven of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Serene Squall (2022).

Book review of The Titanic Paradox (2022) by R.L. Stine.

Review of episode six of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach (2022).

Review of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).

Review of The Batman (2022).

Review of episode five of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Spock Amok (2022).

Review of episode four of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Menento Mori (2022).

Review of episode three of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Ghosts of Illyria (2022).

Transient: A Tech Noir Novel (2016) by Zachry Wheeler. Actually, it’s a novelette.

Review of episode two of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Children of the Comet (2022).

A review of episode one of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022).

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Cover art for Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary (2021) a novel by Andy Weir.

Mara’s Awakening by Leo Flynn, a 2022 update to his novelette.

Skin Traders: A 224-Verse novelette (2022) by Gregg Cunningham.

Sworn to the Light (2021), a fantasy novelette by Denton Salle.

Three-minute TikTok video review of “Children of Time” (2018) by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It’s fast and it’s whimsical. Have fun.

Dream Park (1981), a science fiction/mystery by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.

OceanSpace (2000), a science fiction novel by Allen Steele.

Film review of the Marvel movie Eternals (2021).

Film review of the James Bond thriller No Time to Die (2021).

Film review of The Matrix Resurrection (2021), fourth movie in the franchise.

Rogue Protocol (2018) is the third part of “The Murderbot Diaries” novella series by Martha Wells.

Jack of Shadows (1972), a science fiction/fantasy novel by Roger Zelazny.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), a Marvel comic book movie.

Binti: The Complete Trilogy (2020) by Nnedi Okorafor, a fantasy series.

Cyroburn (2010), the 14th book in the 16 novel Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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Mass market paperback cover for “Gray Lensman”

Gray Lensman (1951), the fourth book in the “Lensman” series by E.E. “Doc” Smith.

Swirling Darkness (2021) by Sam M. Phillips is a novella and part of the Black Hare Press “Underground” series.

Leviathan Falls (2021) ninth and last novel in “The Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey.

Review of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” (2021).

Review of Star Trek: Picard (2020), season one.

Wolf by Wolf (2015) by Ryan Graudin.

Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon (1977), a series of speculative short stories by Spider Robinson.

Black Widow (2021), a Marvel superhero movie.

The Seventh Scroll (1995), an archeological thriller by the late Wilbur Smith.

Children of Time (2018) by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The Accidental Time Machine (2008) by Joe Haldeman.

Hounded (2011), the first in the Iron Druid Chronicle urban fantasy series by Kevin Hearne.

Upright Women Wanted (2020), a dystopian future novella by Sarah Gailey.

tiaTiamat’s Wrath (2019), book eight in The Expanse novel series by James S.A. Corey.

End of Men (2020), a novel of the dystopian near-future by Suzanne Strobel.

Persepolis Rising (2017), book seven in The Expanse novel series by James S. A. Corey.

Artificial Condition (2018), part two of Martha Wells’ “The Murderbot Diaries”

Pyre and Ice (2020) a science fiction novelette by Josh Griffing

Babylon’s Ashes (2016), sixth in “The Expanse” series by by James S. A. Corey.

Review of the 1930s Doc Savage stories Fortress of Solitude and The Devil Genghis by Lester Dent

Film review of John Wick (2014).

Nemesis Games (2015), fifth in “The Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey.

Cibola Burn (2014), fourth in “The Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey.

Abaddon’s Gate (2013), third in “The Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey.

Caliban’s War (2012), the second novel in “The Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey.


Promotional image for the film Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) A DCU superhero movie starring Gal Gadot.

Leviathan Wakes (2011), the first novel in the “Expanse” series by James S. A. Corey.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017), a science fiction film starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

Kor’Thank, Barbarian Valley Girl (2020) a ridiculous romp into improbable high school and other dimensions by Kent Wayne.

Mara’s Awakening (2021), a SciFi novelette by Leo Flynn.

On Basilisk Station, a 1993 science fiction novel by David Weber and published by Baen Books.

Latuda’s Lady in White (2021), a fantasy/horror short story by Aaron Michael Ritchey, published by Baen Books.


Promotional image for the 1981 film “Outland”

Outland (1981), a science fiction film starring Sean Connery.

APPLESEED: A Founder Effect Legend (2021), a short story by Robert E. Hampson, published by Baen Books.

Starship Troopers (1959), a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein.

All Systems Red, book one in the Murderbot Diaries (2017) by Martha Wells.

Prador Moon (2008), a Polity novel by Neal Asher.

Galactic Patrol (1950), third novel in the Lensman series by E.E. “Doc” Smith.

Review of The World of Science Fiction 1926-1976 (1980): “But What Good Is It?” by Lester Del Rey

Review of The World of Science Fiction 1926-1976 (1980): A Personal Past and Uncertain Future by Lester Del Rey

Terminum (2020), an indie SciFi thriller by Lyla El-Fayomi.

Mission: Outbreak (2019), a science fiction novel by Michael Gilwood.


Cover art for the 1968 edition of “First Lensman”

First Lensman (1950) by E.E. “Doc” Smith.

Triplanetary (1948), E.E. “Doc” Smith’s first novel in the Lensman series.

The Collapsing Empire (2017), a SciFi novel by John Scalzi.

A Justified State (2018), a murder mystery set in a dystopian future, authored by Iain Kelly.

Witches vs. Wizards, a 2018 fantasy anthology published by Zombie Pirate Publishing.

Echo Volume 4: The Last Edge of Darkness (2017), conclusion of the “Echo” series by Kent Wayne.

Autonomous (2017), a science fiction novel by Annalee Newitz.

And Hell Followed (2019), a horror anthology based on the biblical Book of Revelation, published by Death’s Head Press.

Lexicon, a 2013 science fiction novel by Max Barry.

Moon of Ice (1989), Brad Linaweaver’s novel based on his award winning Novella.

Kirinyaga, Mike Resnick’s award winning 1988 SciFi short story.

The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2002), a science fiction anthology edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), a Marvel/Sony superhero movie.


Promotional image from the 2019 film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), the third film in the recent Star Wars trilogy.

Suppose They Gave a Peace (1992), an anti-war short story by Susan Shwartz.

The Lucky Strike (1984), an alternate history novella of the bombing of Hiroshima by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Moon of Ice (1983), the late Brad Linaweaver’s Nebula award nominated novella.

Deep Sound Channel (2000), a novel of submarine warfare by Joe Buff.

The Meg (2018), a scifi action horror film.

Hyperion (1989), a Hugo and Locus award winning science fiction novel by Dan Simmons.

The Collapsar Directive (2017), a science fiction anthology published by Zombie Pirate Publishing.

The Abyss: Special Edition (1989), a science fiction action/adventure movie.

Escape from L.A. (1996), a science fiction action/adventure movie.

Alita: Battle Angel (2019), a science fiction anime film.

Star Trek (2009), the J.J. Abrams film reboot of the franchise.

Cover image for Neal Asher’s novel “War Factory”

War Factory: Book Two in the Transformations series (2016). A science fiction novel by Neal Asher.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), a Star Wars prequel film.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), a science fiction movie.

Shadows in Zamboula (1935), a classic “Conan the Barbarian” short story by the legendary Robert E. Howard.

The Dunwich Horror, a 1928 short story by H.P Lovecraft.

Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1982) Classic science fiction/film noir starring Harrison Ford and the late Rutger Hauer.

Parable of the Sower (2000), a science fiction novel by the late Octavia E. Butler

SS-GB: Nazi Occupied Britain 1941 (1978) An alternative history thriller by Len Deighton

Captain Marvel (2019), a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Reviver, a 2013 horror/mystery novel by Seth Patrick.

springBlack Eyes, Luminous Monsters, a science fiction short story written by Joanna Maciejewska for the anthology Spring Into SciFi (2019)

Men in Black International (2019), a soft reboot of the original franchise.

Avengers: Endgame (2019) this year’s “must see” Marvel superhero film.

The Invisible Man (2017) a modern film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel.

Yuddh Ke Khel by Mel Lee Newmins, a short story featured in the anthology World War Four (2019)

Aquaman (2018) A DC comic book/science fiction film.

The Package by Brian MacGowan, a short story featured in the anthology World War Four (2019)

Neuromancer (1984), a SciFi/Cyberpunk classic by William Gibson

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Cover image for Gregory Benford’s novel “The Berlin Project.”

War Pig by Gregg Cunningham, a short story featured in the anthology World War Four (2019)

Cold Fusion by Sam M. Phillips, a short story featured in the anthology World War Four (2019)

Monitor Logan by Neal Asher, a novelette featured in the anthology World War Four (2019)

The Berlin Project, (2017) an alternate history novel by Gregory Benford.

Red Mars, (1992) a science fiction novel by Kim Stanley Robinson.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), an animated children’s film.

Serenity (2005), a science fiction film.

Escaping Infinity (2017), a SciFi novel by Richard Paolinelli.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), a science fiction film.

The Predator (2018), a science fiction film.

Yage: A Tom Regan Thriller (2018) a novel by Aidan J. Reid.

Dark Intelligence: Transformation Book One (2015) a novel by Neal Asher.

The Mummy (2017), a Universal Studios film starring Tom Cruise.


Cover image of NK Jemisin’s 2015 Hugo Award winning novel “The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season (2015), the first book in “The Broken Earth” series by N.K. Jemisin

Lepers (2009) A Short Story by Keyan Bowes

Knight Training (The Steam Knight Book 1) (2018) A short story by Jon Del Arroz

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) An animated film

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: A Burton and Swinburne Adventure (2010) A novel by Mark Hodder

Chill (Jacob’s Ladder Book 2) (2010) A novel by Elizabeth Bear

The Man in the High Castle (1962) A novel by Philip K. Dick

Echo Volume 3: The Dialectic of Agony (2017) A novel by Kent Wayne

Black Panther (2018) A film by Marvel Studios

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) A film by Marvel Studios

Echo Volume 2: The Taste of Ashes (2016) A novel by Kent Wayne

Death Unmasked (2015) A novel by
Rick Sulik

Meg: A Story of Deep Terror (1997) A novel by Steve Alten

Contest (2000), a novel by Matthew Reilly

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) A film

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A film from Marvel Studios

The Last Hunt (2018) A short story by Richard Paolinelli for the anthology To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity

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Cover art for Alastair Reynolds’ book ‘Galactic North.”

Galactic North (2008) a series of stories by Alastair Reynolds

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (2011) An anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

Raising Lazarus (2018) A novel by Aidan J. Reid

Planetary Anthology: Venus (2018) An anthology published by Superversive Press

A Handmaid’s Tale (1985) A novel by Margaret Atwood

Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! (2011) A novel by Andrew Breitbart

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Transhuman (2014) A novel by Ben Bova

V for Vendetta (2005) A film

V for Vendetta (1989) A graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) An animated film

Sigil: A Tom Regan Thriller (2016) A novel by Aidan J. Reid

Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter (2015) a novel by Kent Wayne

Containment (2015) A limited run television series at the CW
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Retribution: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 3) (2014) by R.S. Ingermanson

Old Venus (2015) An Anthology edited by R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Spectrum: A SciFi Thriller (2016) A short story by Aidan J. Reid

The Martian (novel by Andy Weir – 2014) vs. The Martian (film – 2015)

God, Robot (2016) A SciFi Anthology

A more extensive list of my reviews going back several more years can be found at goodreads.