February 22, 2020

May 2014: This Month in Science Fiction

Ah, tis the month of May.

Perhaps April showers may bring May flowers, but here at Astroguyz HQ, it also marks the very precipice of science fiction movie blockbuster season. The X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man 2 are all on our must see list. Is Marvel about to rule the world? And keep an eye out for those dark horse unknowns that often jump the gate just ahead of those sure-fire bets just prior to Memorial Day weekend. And hey, next year we’ll get a third Hunger Games, an Avengers sequel and a reboot of the Star Wars franchise… can the internet survive? Will fans take a shine to a galaxy far, far away according to Abrams? In the meantime, here’s some science fiction and more hot off of the press to keep you satiated:

-Freehold: Out from Baen books, Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson tells the tale of Sergeant Kendra Pacelli. Pursued by the corrupt governments of Earth and aligned planets, Pacelli finds refuge in the Freehold of Grainne. Even this sanctuary is soon discovered, however, as the most wanted woman on Earth must duke it out in space!

-The Sea Without a Shore: It’s a tale of intergalactic treasure and intrigue out by author David Drake. The Sea Without a Shore follows Captain Daniel Leary and cyberspy Adele Mundy as they attempt to intervene in the ongoing civil war on the planet of Corcyra. Their secret mission: to escort a boy in search of an ancient but secret treasure supposedly buried on the planet. But is the treasure of unimaginable value real, or a dream? Expect intrigue, mercenaries, space pirates and more!

-Treasure Planet: A Man-Kzin Novel: Fans of this space will know that we’re avid fans of Larry Niven’s Known Space Universe and the ongoing Man-Kzin Wars. Treasure Planet by Hal Colebatch and Jessica Q. Fox is a full length novel in the ongoing saga of space combat between Man and Kzinti. Wunderland may have been liberated, but tales of the Kzinti treasure on a distant world persist. Don’t miss this stand-alone novel in the Known Space Universe.

-House of Steel Lost in Honorverse? Wonder what the Project Ghost Rider insignia looks like as you design that uniform for next year’s DragonCon? The Honorverse Companion by David Weber now out in paperback is a complete guide to the worlds of Honor Harrington as well as a complete new short novel, I Will Build a House of Steel. And be sure to check out the hardcover edition of this guide comes complete with the graphic representations as ribbons, uniforms and spacecraft, a true collector’s item!

Portal: By prolific authors Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor, Portal follows A.J. Baker, Helen Sutter and Madeline Fathom as they work to salvage the wreck of the Nebula Storm on the shattered surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Needless to say, Europa is a tough environment to operate in, bathed in enough lethal radiation from the nearby gas giant to kill a man in about 30 minutes.

But something is rotten in the state of the second Galilean moon. As the good ship Zarathustra approaches, efforts are made to penetrate the surface ice. This is no small feat, as the ice on Europa is thought to be on the order of tens of kilometers thick. That would be a tough order to drill through, even on Earth. More Bemmie artifacts are found, similar to those seen by our intrepid explorers throughout the solar system on Ceres, Mars and the Martian moon of Phobos.

Be sure to check out Portal, now in paperback from Baen Books!

-Star*line: Just in time for Rhysling Awards season comes the bi-monthly April-May edition of Star*line magazine out from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Star*line features poems long and short covering all sub-sub genres of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Looking for tales of colonial life on an ice covered moon of Saturn? There’s a poem for that!

-Cat on a Cold Tin Roof: Coming out later this summer on August 5th courtesy of Seventh Street Books, Cat on a Cold Tin Roof is the third Eli Paxton mystery by Mike Resnick. OK, its not science fiction, but Mike’s an award winning science fiction author. Time to broaden your horizons beyond just rockets and rayguns, y’know? Gumshoe Eli Paxton is swiftly turning into a “pet detective” as he’s back in action once again tracking down a missing cat with a diamond studded collar. Expect Bolivian drug cartels, secret Swiss bank accounts, and more!

-Earth Star: A sequel to Earth Girl, one of our favorite science fiction reads in recent years, Earth Star by Janet Edwards is out today courtesy of Pyr Books. Jarra is born with a rare genetic defect that consigns her to a forlorn life on a largely abandoned world, the Earth. In Earth Girl, Jarra carried out a daring rescue of a doomed military spacecraft during a solar storm event. Now, an alien intelligence has appeared in the solar system and it seems only intent on either communication or the destruction of the Earth. Can Jarra bridge the gap between human and alien? A great must read series on human nature, exclusion and discrimination.

-Secret of the Stars: Out from Baen books comes Secret of the Stars by Andre Norton. This volume collects together the tales Secret of the Lost Race and Star Hunter under one cover for the first time. From alien safari jungle planets to frozen icy hellscapes, expect intergalactic adventure galore.

-Exeligmos: And finally a humble offering from yours truly… Exeligmos is our fourth published sci-fi short tale up for sale. Chasing eclipses might be a passion for some, but future tech promises that at least one obsessed soul will take it too far. What historical eclipse would you journey back to if you could? This is book one in our forthcoming tales of science fiction meets eclipse adventure!


Finally, we’d like to make a brief PSA that our review feature will be going on an extended hiatus starting in June, as we undertake the Great American road trip. We’ve got a few sporadic reviews left in the kitty, (Such as tomorrow’s…) otherwise, watch for dispatches and musings from the road and whatever floats through our cyber-transom. Thanks to all who’ve sent us books, suggestions, commentary etc… onward to adventure!



  1. Thanks for mentioning Star*Line! SF poetry (and poetry in general) gets way too little attention and exposure!

    Much appreciated!

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