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Space Prison

by Tom Godwin

This is technically a Sci-fI novel, but to me it lacks most of the elements that make sci-fi. This is a sci-fi novel in the same way that Superman is about the newspaper business. The sci-fi is just there to make possible the main theme: survival in a harsh environment.

If you like survival novels, you might like this. Otherwise, I think you will find it a disappointment.

Also the writing is poor. The plot is typical bad pulp fiction. It is weak, contrived and far-fetched (not in a good sci-fi way, either). Details of the plot are just unreasonable. I have read worse, but not often.

The characters are one dimensional and contrived. People don't act that way. A lot of the science is wrong also.

Overall, if you like badly-written survival fiction, this is what you are looking for.

Reviewed on 2008.08.15

The Wailing Asteroid

by Murray Leinster

A generally interesting book about radio contact with aliens. It includes an interplanetary trip based on information from the aliens.

Much of the science is wrong, but that is understandable in a book this old. In particular the part about spacecraft trajectories shows a lack of knowledge of orbital mechanics. But most people wouldn't notice.

Overall, a good light-hearted space adventure.

Reviewed on 2008.08.15

The Nothing Equation

by Tom Godwin

An interesting short story that explores how working alone in space for extended periods can effect the mind. It is a mystery, not the who-dun-it type, but the what-caused-this-to-happen type.

Reviewed on 2008.08.15

Postmark Ganymede

by Robert Silverberg

This is a typical sci-fi short story form 1957. Its plot and characters a bit simplistic. The main problem is that the story's concept of delivering the mail in space is ridiculous. Since this is basis of the plot, it ruins the story for me. It probably was more interesting in 1957.

Reviewed on 2008.08.15

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