Category Archives: Space books

Red Rising Trilogy – a new space opera

I think I may check out the space adventure Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. This review of Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy, makes it sound like a fun read:  ‘Golden Son’ Is Space Opera That Doesn’t Forget The Opera – NPR.

Comparisons of the trilogy usually refer to Hunger Games and similar young adult SF about rebels in a dystopian future. However, this reviewer sees also a Star Wars style to it as well:

Now I’m not saying this is a bad thing. I love Star Wars, love the hodge-podge school of science fiction, with writers endlessly lifting riffs and ideas from their fellows and playing with them until they break. Red Rising was a pastiche of a dozen or a hundred dystopian stories of teenagers growing up and doing exciting and dangerous things — like murdering each other and flying spaceships. Golden Son is the same deal, only with even more murder and spaceships. But what sets these books apart from the over-crowded pack is that Brown is just so friggin’ good at it.

Red Rising was entertaining. Golden Son is so much better. Red Rising was all about set-up and world-building. Golden Son is about smashing everything to pieces as violently as possible. It picks up right where Red Rising left off, with 20-year-old Darrow, secret hero of the Red rebellion — Reds being the bottom of Brown’s color-coded caste system. Darrow is masquerading as a ruling-class Gold, trying to bring down the society that oppresses his people from the inside by gaining power among the Golds and then, somehow, making everything better.

 

‘2001: The Heritage and Legacy of The Space Odyssey’ on The Space Show

Rob Godwin, the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. was on the Space Show Friday and discussed the book, 2001: The Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey, published by www.apogeeprime.com and written by the late Fred Ordway and Godwin: Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14 – Thespaceshow’s Blog

Listen to the audio:

SpaceShipTwo books, including a model kit, available soon

Virgin Galactic and DK publishing are collaborating on a set of activity books, with models and stickers, based around the theme of the SpaceShipTwo rocket vehicle and aimed at young people:

The first three of seven books total will be available in October: Virgin Galactic – DK.com

2nd vol of Robert A. Heinlein biography released

The second volume William H. Patterson’s official biography of Robert A. Heinlein is now Robert A. Heinlein in Dialogue with His Century, Vol. 2: The Man Who Learned Better, 1948-1988.

Here are two reviews:

The author unfortunately died in April : William H. Patterson, Jr., Passes Away – The Heinlein Prize.

The  first volume of his biography came out in 2010: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Vol. 1 – Learning Curve (1907-1948)