• Wick Wick Author: Matt Doyle Publisher: Matt Doyle Media.com ISBN:  B011SG7TY0 Disclosure:  A free copy of this book was furnished by the publisher for review, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission. “Wick”, The Spark Form Chronicles Book 1, begins a thousand […] Fred Patten No responses May 8, 2016
  • Fred Patten Reviews War Over Lemuria & The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction, by Richard Toronto.  Illustrated.   Jefferson, NC, McFarland & Co., April 2013, trade paperback $45.00 (vi + 256 pages), Kindle $16.19. Now It Can Be Told!? When I was a teenager in the 1950s, I read a lot of science […] Fred Patten No responses September 21, 2013
  • Fred Patten reviews When Diplomacy Fails … When Diplomacy Fails … Author: Michael Z. Williamson Publisher: Baen Books ISBN-10: 1-4516-3790-X ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3790-8 This is the seventh novel in Williamson’s Freehold interstellar action-adventure science-fiction series, which started with Freehold in 2003; or the third novel in his Ripple Creek Security subseries, which began with Better to Beg Forgiveness …. The series is set […] Fred Patten No responses October 27, 2012
  • Fred Patten Reviews Redshirts Redshirts Author: John Scalzi Publisher: Tom Dougherty Associates/Tor Books ISBN-10: 0-7653-1699-4 ISBN-13: 978-07653-1699-8 What used to be called “sacrificial lambs” or “cannon fodder” became institutionalized in s-f as the “redshirt” in the original Star Trek TV series of 1966-69. The Star Trek uniforms consisted of several colors. As the TV Tropes website puts it of […] Fred Patten No responses July 30, 2012
  • Fred Patten Reviews The Road of Danger The Road of Danger Author:  David Drake Publisher: Titan Publishing ISBN-10: 1-4516-3815-9 ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3815-8 “#9 in the national best selling RCN space adventure series. Captain Daniel Leary with his friend–and spy–Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it […] Fred Patten No responses June 5, 2012
  • Fred Patten Reviews Into the Hinterlands   Into the Hinterlands Author: David Drake and John Lambshead Publisher: Baen Books ISBN: 10: 1-4391-3461-8 ISBN: 13: 978-1-4391-3461-0 The most striking aspect of this new s-f space opera series, of which this is the first novel, is its mode of interstellar travel: by bicycle!  The authors cover it in lots of bewilderingly colorful pseudoscientific […] Fred Patten No responses May 11, 2012
  • Fred Patten Reviews Wine of Battle Wine of Battle Author: Phil Geusz. Publisher:  Legion Publishing ISBN10:  none ISBN13:  978-0-9829866-2-2 “Nobody ever comes back from war the same… But some transformations are more obvious than others. Wine of Battle is a collection of short stories dealing with transformation in times of war and conflict, from the ancient past through the civil war […] Fred Patten No responses April 21, 2012