Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Viking Published: 1937 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Star Maker is a novel that defines ‘sense of wonder.’ From a hill near his safe suburban semi, a man travels the length and breadth of all eternity, exploring an …

Gateway, by Frederick Pohl

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1977 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Here’s a simple story: a man wins a lottery and uses the proceeds to go to ‘Gateway’ — a kind of hyperspace jump-point — to take his chance at discovering …

The Star Fraction, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Moh Kohn is a mercenary with an intelligent gun. Janis Taine is a biologist researching memory drugs. When Kohn goes to Taine’s laboratory after a raid, the drugs …

Gridlock, by Ben Elton

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Warner Books Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Before you ask, let me say that Ben Elton’s Gridlock definitely comes under the heading of speculative fiction. Though in essence it is a politico-industrial satire set mostly in …

Great Apes, by Will Self

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Grove/Atlantic Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a maddening book — sharply written, of course, as one would expect from Will Self — but maddening nonetheless, in more ways than one. For a start we’re …

Voyage, by Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Voyage is the story of a mission that never was. In this long and meticulously researched novel, Baxter speculates that if John F. Kennedy had survived the assassination attempt …