Reviews by Dai Alanye

The Mercenaries

by H. Beam Piper

Piper is one of the most reliable older SF writers, yet even the best have a few weak stories. This, in my opinion, is one of his. Clunky, gimmicky, lacking in genuine excitement—it's a sort of detective/spy tale that I could barely finish, short though it is.

Reviewed on 2015.06.01

Criminal Negligence

by Jesse Francis McComas

Everyone (almost) is moving to Mars, so whom shall we leave behind?

Has some merit but written especially for the bleeding-heart liberal type, and dishonestly so.

Reviewed on 2015.05.20

Cubs of the Wolf

by Raymond F. Jones

Perfect story for vegan pacifists but less suitable for war-mongering right wing extremists like me.

Reviewed on 2015.05.20

Death Wish

by Robert Sheckley

A better story of the type that Astounding and others once used to fill the gaps between more popular novels and serials. Has some interest but mainly a gimmicky short.

Reviewed on 2015.05.20

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