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Proteus Combined
Proteus Combined
by Charles Sheffield
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first two proteus novels in one volume, 25 April 2002
This review is from: Proteus Combined (Paperback)
The first two novels featuring Bey Wolf, Sight of Proteus and Proteus Unbound published here in a single volume.
Set in a future world dominated by form change technology - modification of the human form using sophisticated computers and bio-feedback techniques, both are fast moving SF adventure/detective stories fast paced and a light weight but entertaining read.


Proteus Unbound
Proteus Unbound
by Charles Sheffield
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars sf mystery sequel, 24 April 2002
This review is from: Proteus Unbound (Paperback)
'Sight of Proteus' introduced us to form change - the science of modifying the human body using complex computer programs and bio-feedback
As Proteus Unbound begins, The hero of the first novel, Bey Wolf is down and out, but as the greatest expert in form change available - all the others are inexplicably mad or dead, he is not allowed to disintegrate in peace. He is dragged back into the real world to find out why form changes are going wrong in the outer systems. He also has his own mystery - why he keeps having visions of a capering clown. of course it is immediately obvious from the start that whatever is wiping out the rest of the experts is also having it's affect on him and that it is pretty likely that the reason is to prevent investigation of the form-change problems but nobody seems to realise this for a long time. Like the first novel, this rattles along well, but ultimately I found it a little predictable. Nevertheless it is good fun and an entertaining light read.


Sight of Proteus
Sight of Proteus
by Charles Sheffield
Edition: Paperback

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intrigueing sf mystery, 24 April 2002
This review is from: Sight of Proteus (Paperback)
Form control - the technology which allows manipulation of the human form using biofeedback techniques allied with computers.
This novel is set in a future where humanity has spread throughout the solar system and is beginning to use these techniques to adapt non earth environments as well as for medical and cosmetic reasons.
The technology can be dangerous and is strictly regulated - our hero, Bey Wolf is top man in the Office of Form control.
The story centres around two mysteries which fall to Bey to investigate. The first is a transplant organ for which the DNA is not on file in a world where everybody's DNA is recorded soon after birth. The second is the discovery of the bodies of two outworlders - evidently killed by a form change which went disastrously wrong.
Some of the ideas have been used before in James Blish's 'The Seedling Stars', for example and the alien form into which Bey's sidekick was changed is reminiscent of Larry Niven's Pak, although the choice of character name (Bey Wolf) suggests an older source of inspiration.
Having said that however, the elements are blended nicely and the story rattles along at a good rate.
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Kronk
Kronk
by Edmund, Cooper
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant black humour - if Tom Sharpe wrote an SF novel --, 24 April 2002
This review is from: Kronk (Hardcover)
Originally published as Son of Kronk. The story goes that the publishers didn't like Kronk so they asked Edmund Cooper to change the title. He caustically wrote back suggesting Son of Kronk which, to his suprise, was accepted.
Dark, witty SF/fantasy about the impact of a man made virus with psychological side affects. It suppresses violence and promotes peace and love (man!). It also has an aphrodisiac side effect, which given how it is transmitted means it spreads pretty quickly. Naturally chaos ensues.
One of the funniest SF novels I have ever encountered, inviteing comparison with Tom Sharpe , but unlike many humorous attempts, the SF element too is excellent.
I highly recommend this book


That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy)
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating conclusion to the space trilogy, 24 April 2002
This novel is a wonderful conclusion to CS Lewis' space trilogy, which began with Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra (also published as Voyage to Venus). I use the word 'wonderful' in it's fullest original meaning i.e. full of wonder.
That Hideous Strenght was one of the first SF books I bought and is at least in part responsible for the five crammed bookcases which now house my collection.
Lewis has blended classical, Arthurian, medieval legend and allegory for the climax to the story of Ransome.
The book is suffused throughout with Lewis' Christian beliefs and philosophy but don't let that put you off - as an agnostic bordering on atheist myself I can assure you that it doesn't detract from the book.


A Fall of Moondust (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
A Fall of Moondust (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars science fiction meets disaster movie, 23 April 2002
Passenger liner sinks and there is a race against time to rescue the survivors - classic plot but the twist is that the vessel is sunk in lunar dust.
Brilliant suspenseful tale and classic technological sf with accurate science -except for the fact that we now know a lot more about the lunar surface - fortunately for Niel Armstrong the dust isn't that deep


Childhood's End
Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking classic but..., 23 April 2002
This review is from: Childhood's End (Paperback)
this book is a must for all serious SF fans! When I first read this book it made a profound impression on me, however it hasn't stood the test of time well and on a recent re-reading it seemed dated and perhaps a little melodramatic.
Having said that, however, this is still one of the classics of SF, imaginative, thought provoking and very readable.
The ending is poignant and unforgettable.


Case for the Defence
Case for the Defence
by Victor Mollo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book improved my card play more than any other, 23 April 2002
This review is from: Case for the Defence (Paperback)
presented as a series of problems of varying difficulty, this book is not only fun to tackle (read isn't quite the right word) but is guaranteed to make you a better player whatever your standard. Buy this book and lend it to your partner, but not your opponents


Children of the Lens - E.E 'Doc' Smith (Lensman Series)
Children of the Lens - E.E 'Doc' Smith (Lensman Series)
by E.E. Smith
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic early sf - space opera at it's best, 1 Oct 2001
the conclusion of the hugely influential lensman series. the earlier books especially provided much inspiration for star wars (the death star) and the increasingly hyperbolic and colourful language used to describe the interplay of ever more powerful energy weapons and force screens find an echo in star trek.
In children of the lens the focus shifts from Kimball Kinnisson to his children, Christopher ('Kit') and his four sisters.
The aeons long good vs evil struggle between Arisia and Eddore is coming to it's climax.
Kit and his sisters are the end product of a millennia long genetic program carried out by the Arisians to create the weapon that, along with the Galactic Patrol, can finally defeat the nasty Eddorians. But first that weapon must be honed.......
A must for any sci fi fan but read the earlier books in the series first
(Triplanetary, Galactic Patrol, 1st Lensman, Grey Lensman 2nd Stage Lensman. Masters of the Vortex is set in the same universe but is a separate story)
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The Go Pack (Includes book and complete game of Go)
The Go Pack (Includes book and complete game of Go)
by Matthew Macfadyen
Edition: Game

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro to the game but a bit on the expensive side, 8 Jan 2001
I think this is the same pack that I own, bought a couple of years ago. If it is it contains a workable but not all that durable board, stones and a paperback copy of McFaddyen's book. It provides a good basic intro to the game but is not as detailed as other books which are available Overall I think the price tag is a little high when compared to similar packs for chess which are readily available at lower price tags but it is not bad. Now all I need is someone to play against....


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