Friday, October 31, 2008

Still Water - Joel Lane

Larval love loser.


3.5 out of 5

13 O'Clock - Mike O'Driscoll

Bad dreams, dad.


3.5 out of 5

The Other Village - Simon Strantzas

Friend split trip.


3 out of 5

Pumpkin Night - Gary McMahon

Katy O'Lantern.


3.5 out of 5

From Around Here - Tim Pratt

Home is where the little island god is.


4 out of 5

Peep - Ramsey Campbell

Twin head terror.


3.5 out of 5

The Twilight Express - Christopher Fowler

Fairground attraction removal terminal.


3.5 out of 5

The Church On the Island - Simon Kurt Unsworth

Bikini girl to black priest.


3.5 out of 5

The Things He Said - Michael Marshall Smith

Zombie survival guide.


4 out of 5

The Horror Stories Of Robert E. Howard - Robert E. Howard

While Howard's sword and sorcery work is definitely his best (and a little of that is included here), there is good stuff here displaying a definite talent for the horror story.

The beginning is the weakest - I don't like much of 'In the Forest of Villefere' or 'The Dream Snake' and 'The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux' is not too horrific. However, after that, things improve significantly.

There are several stories here to please the Mythos fan, too, the Hoofed Thing being the best. In the introduction, Burke talks of communication between Howard and Lovecraft, where the latter explains his invention, and why the former had seen more writers than just HPL mention various entities in stories.

Some nifty illustrations too, particularly man with knife versus tentacled horror.

A very timely Halloween release indeed, and coming across more Howard is always a very good thing.

Also, ebooks at the same time as print, and for not the same price, also well done. This volume continues a most excellent series with the three Conans, Kull, Solomon Kane, Barn Mak Morn, and the two Best Of volumes gone before.

Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : In the Forest of Villefere - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Wolfshead - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Dream Snake - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Sea Curse
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Little People - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Rattle of Bones - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Casonetto's Last Song - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Touch of Death - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Out of the Deep - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Restless Waters - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Shadow of the Beast - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Dermod's Bane - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Hills of the Dead - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Dig Me No Grave - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Children of the Night - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Black Stone - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Thing on the Roof - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Horror from the Mound - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : People of the Dark - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Delenda Est - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Cairn on the Headland - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Worms of the Earth - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Valley of the Lost - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Hoofed Thing - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Noseless Horror - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Dwellers Under the Tomb - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The House of Arabu - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Man on the Ground - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Old Garfield's Heart - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Kelly the Conjure Man - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Black Canaan - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Haunter of the Ring - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Pigeons From Hell - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Dead Remember - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The Fire of Asshurbanipal - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Golnar the Ape - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Spectres in the Dark - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : The House - Robert E. Howard
Horror Stories Of Robert E Howard : Untitled fragment [Beneath the glare of the sun] - Robert E. Howard

Choose carefully when you kill a werewolf.

2.5 out of 5


Hanging around Spanish noble types is bad for your health. This time, it took a while to work out whether this gentleman Was Don Leopard, or Don Lupin. The latter was the case, and causes quite a few problems.

3.5 out of 5


Scary snooze leaves sleeper smooshed.

2.5 out of 5


When a brother tells his sister that there is maybe something in that Machen pyramid and scary little Pict stuff, she should listen, not go wandering off in the middle of the night, requiring heroic pugilistic spectral druid-assisted rescue.

3.5 out of 5


In which Kane enters the Cleft Skull tavern, and finds that is most definitely lives up to its name.

3 out of 5


Battered boxer's ghostly aid.

2.5 out of 5


Satan high priest's recording's a smash.

4 out of 5


Dead dude's digits dancing.

3 out of 5


Dead men and tentacles around Faring Town.

3.5 out of 5


Marriage, pirates and hanging.

3 out of 5


Gorilla ghost death.

3.5 out of 5


Irish tree legend.

3 out of 5


This involves Kane's relationship with N'Longa, and how he came to possess his staff. Also, Kane, Zunna and N'Longa are involved in some vampire hunting and slaying.

3.5 out of 5


Conrad and Kinrowan, and a dead occultist with an unhealthy interest in the Elder Ones, beyond your garden variety voodoo and black magic stuff.

4 out of 5


Anthropological arguments and reminiscences over Cthulhu cults.

3 out of 5


A Cthulhoid type venture. Not somewhere you want to be. Fairly proficiently done.

3.5 out of 5


A book collector acquires a copy of Nameless Cults. It motivates the man he got it for to go back to th temple of the Toad God.
The amulet he acquires there has very unfortunate consequences.

3 out of 5


If an old priest tells you that the body in the tomb is an undead Spanish nobleman, and you happen to be a credulous cowboy, next time, believe him!

4 out of 5


"I came to Dagon's Cave to kill Richard Brent." 10 out of 10 for courage, minus several million for common sense. Luckily, there is a bit of reincarnated presence ancient barbarian named Conan and other action here so not everybody dies.

4 out of 5


Vandal time.

3 out of 5


Another reincarnation type horror, with a Norse flavor. Nice to be given necessary supernatural artifacts via the reapparance of centuries dead ancestors, when that happens, that is for sure.

3.5 out of 5


One of Bran Mak Morn's subjects is being crucified while he is visiting some Roman commanders. This does not sit well with him or his aide, as he feels the punishment does not fit the crime, and the Romans are making a joke of doing what they will with the barbarians.
Bran has a plan for revenge on the Roman who gave the order, but Gonar cautions him against using mystic means. Bran ignores here, and seeks the Black Stone with the help of a were-woman. What he unleashes is a lot more than he bargained for.

4 out of 5


A murderous Texas feud gets a dose of old supernatural horror.

4 out of 5


A neighbour with Nameless Cults and a pet murdering monster summoning.

4.5 out of 5


Singh me a mendicant mummy.

3.5 out of 5


Conrad comes to realise his friend may have something quite a bit worse than a vampire problem.

3.5 out of 5


As dreams of the woman Lilitu haunt the warrior Pyrrhas, necromancy is in his future, it would seem.

3.5 out of 5


A Texas feud gets ghostly.

3.5 out of 5


Giving the Ghost Man back his loaner.

3.5 out of 5


Disappearance mystery.

3 out of 5


Creepy swamp monsters, of the female variety. Not too bad, the atmosphere is done fairly well.

3 out of 5


Egyptian sorcerer makes placid wife a bit accidentally murderous.

3 out of 5


A man is murdered, and in no ordinary fashion. When law enforcement investigates this is the story he gets from a witness:
"and my God, sir, he was dead! His head had been split open. I saw brains and clotted blood oozing down his face, and his face,,,"
It appears there is a zuvembie in town, the long awaited aftermatch of a property that had white women mistreating their black slaves, badly.

4 out of 5


Cursed correspondence.

3.5 out of 5


If you suspect a priceless gemstone with a magic-type name may be connected to cthulhoid alien monsters, well, I would suggest that trying to rob your local jewellery store bare-handed is a less hazardous activity than the acquisition of such an artifact.

4 out of 5


Becoming a man.

3.5 out of 5


Boxing ghosts.

3.5 out of 5


Conrad and Kinrowan investigate a mad poet's joint, and find it a tad Lovecraftian.

3.5 out of 5


Brill, Allison and some tomb looting.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

Untitled Fragment Beneath the Glare Of the Sun - Robert E. Howard

Brill, Allison and some tomb looting.


3 out of 5

Golnar the Ape - Robert E. Howard

Becoming a man.


3.5 out of 5

Spectres In the Dark - Robert E. Howard

Boxing ghosts.


3.5 out of 5

Golnor the Ape - Robert E. Howard

Becoming a man.


3.5 out of 5

The Dead Remember - Robert E. Howard

Cursed correspondence.


3.5 out of 5

Kelly the Conjure Man - Robert E. Howard

Disappearance mystery.


3 out of 5

Usurp the Night - Robert E. Howard

A neighbour with Nameless Cults and a pet murdering monster summoning.


4.5 out of 5

The Hoofed Thing - Robert E. Howard

A neighbour with Nameless Cults and a pet murdering monster summoning.


4.5 out of 5

King Of the Forgotten People - Robert E. Howard

A murderous Texas feud gets a dose of old supernatural horror.


4 out of 5

The Valley Of the Lost - Robert E. Howard

A murderous Texas feud gets a dose of old supernatural horror.


4 out of 5

John Grimlan's Debt - Robert E. Howard

Conrad and Kinrowan, and a dead occultist with an unhealthy interest in the Elder Ones, beyond your garden variety voodoo and black magic stuff.


4 out of 5

Dig Me No Grave - Robert E. Howard

Conrad and Kinrowan, and a dead occultist with an unhealthy interest in the Elder Ones, beyond your garden variety voodoo and black magic stuff.


4 out of 5

The Shadow Of the Beast - Robert E. Howard

Gorilla ghost death.


3.5 out of 5

Restless Waters - Robert E. Howard

Marriage, pirates and hanging.


3 out of 5

Out Of the Deep - Robert E. Howard

Dead men and tentacles around Faring Town.


3.5 out of 5

Casonetto's Last Song - Robert E. Howard

Satan high priest's recording's a smash.


4 out of 5

Trader Pig - Justin Stanchfield

Hidden planet daughter assassination revelation.


3.5 out of 5

Gypsy Wings - Justin Stanchfield

Grab that stick between your legs kid, or, dead like us.


3 out of 5

Bounty's Stepchild - Justin Stanchfield

Just a space prison riot.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Ghost Horses - Dave Creek

Palaeontology shootout.


3 out of 5

Swarming Korolev - Dave Creek

Spraying the alien invasion better than disrupting it.


3 out of 5

The Loophole - Dave Creek

Too old for stardrive, but not for all of space.


3.5 out of 5

Preserving Splendor - Dave Creek

Mike, Chanda and the new locals have to deal with some other aliens with differences, and the old spaceship level of weapons ability and desires to test same.


3.5 out of 5

A Glimpse Of Splendor - Dave Creek

Mike Christopher has to convince a primitive people that a star will kill them if they don't relocate to another planet.


3.5 out of 5

Pathways - Dave Creek

Space station major murder.


3.5 out of 5

Infinity's Friend - Dave Creek

Halfbrain snooze submersion save.


3.5 out of 5

Fantasy and Science Fiction 678 - Gordon Van Gelder

A pretty standard issue at 3.42, with the good entries coming from Reed and Langan, with a Halloween appropriate story for the latter.

Charles de Lint tells us that Jack O'Connell's books are a whacky mix.

Lucius Shepard overdoses on horror movie jury duty.

FSF678 : A Foreign Country - Wayne Wightman
FSF678 : Falling Angel - Eugene Mirabelli
FSF678 : Leave - Robert Reed
FSF678 : The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale - Warner Law
FSF678 : A Skeptical Spirit - Albert E. Cowdrey
FSF678 : How the Day Runs Down - John Langan

Political reporting lack.

3 out of 5


Hot August Night, hot blonde crash.

3 out of 5


Alien war recruit fib.

4 out of 5


Dog correspondence.

3.5 out of 5


Ghost admission.

3 out of 5


In this act, the zombies keep on truckin'.

4 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

A Foreign Country - Wayne Wightman

Political reporting lack.


3 out of 5

A Skeptical Spirit - Albert E. Cowdrey

Ghost admission.


3 out of 5

The Alarming Letters From Scottsdale - Warner Law

Dog correspondence.


3.5 out of 5

Falling Angel - Eugene Mirabelli

Hot August Night, hot blonde.


3 out of 5

The Eye Of Toyur - Diana L. Paxson

Werefalcons, archpriests, magic bones.


3.5 out of 5

Stopthrust - Diana L. Paxson

A new sword move, an Arena slave relationship, an inevitable duel, and sorcery.


3.5 out of 5

Falcon's Shadow - Diana L. Paxson

A lost falcon, a lost brother, an Emperor and assassins (with the odd hot dancing girl) for Shanna to deal with.


3.5 out of 5

Sharky's Machine - William Diehl

Throw in a couple of cops bucking the system sent to Coventry, a dodgy presidential candidate, a rich guy who is actually a crimelord and you have a frenetic action cop tale.

The girl serving both of the latter is actually called Domino, from memory.

With a pair of guys like that, of course there will be hitman doing their dirty work and cleaning up their skeletons. Such a corpse leads the cops onto the trail.

Entertaining enough story, if nothing remarkable.


3 out of 5

The Year's Best Science Fiction 25th Annual Collection - Gardner Dozois

An above average edition of this series. That doesn't mean as applied to all books, as most of this series is fantastic. The average here is 3.86, so on the high side.

There is the usual lengthy and informative introduction, going over the state of play.

Paying some more attention to electronic markets he singles out Jim Baen's Universe as the preeminent online magazine, and, in fact, one of the few where you get actual genre science fiction and fantasy as opposed to 'slipstream/fantasy/horror/new weird etc.'.

So, more particularly if you are a science fiction interested person only an din particular his 'centre core' science fiction., Asimov's, Analog, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Interzone and Jim Baen's Universe, and you can pretty much give the rest the arse as far as the top paying markets go, unless you like to read lots, or read fast. Helix is now stopped, too. There are other mags like Strange Horizons and Clarkesworld etc. that will have some SF, and of course some lesser publications, but it is nowhere near as frequent, and certainly not of the same level of quality.

Dozois spends a little time talking about magazines in the general view, in that postage is increasing rapidly only with other costs so the smaller publications will have the same problems their larger cousins do, and online only may be the only affordable way to go.

He also lists the various reprint sources, but he is wrong about Sci-Fi's Sci Fiction, last I checked last week you can still get to the stories. Then, of course, there is always the Wayback Machine for some stuff like Omni. Infinity Plus, places like that.

His honorable mention list will catch the odd online story or others of interest for those with less comprehensive reading habits.

He singles out the original anthology upsurge and covers those, point out Solaris and Fast Forward as the ones you want to get. The first volume is Eclipse is devoid of science fiction, and I agree, you can completely skip that book from that point of view.

Then the usual coverage of novels and other media, too.

Anyway, another great book, and a must have. Certainly nice to have a year with Pat Cadigan and a double Egan, my favorite being Ian McDonald's wild New Space Opera megawar tale.

Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : FINISTERRA - David Moles
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LIGHTING OUT - Ken MacLeod
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE OCEAN IS A SNOWFLAKE FOUR BILLION MILES AWAY - John Barnes
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SAVING TIAMAAT - Gweyneth Jones
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : OF LATE I DREAMT OF VENUS - James Van Pelt
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : VERTHANDI'S RING - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SEA CHANGE - Una McCormack
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SKY IS LARGE AND THE EARTH IS SMALL - Chris Roberson
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : GLORY - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : AGAINST THE CURRENT - Robert Silverberg
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : ALIEN ARCHEOLOGY - Neal Asher
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE MERCHANT AND THE ALCHEMIST'S GATE - Ted Chiang
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : BEYOND THE WALL - Justin Stanchfield
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : KIOSK - Bruce Sterling
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LAST CONTACT - Stephen Baxter
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SLEDGE-MAKER’S DAUGHTER - Alastair Reynolds
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : SANJEEV AND ROBOTWALLAH - Ian McDonald
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE SKYSAILOR’S TALE - Michael Swanwick
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : OF LOVE AND OTHER MONSTERS - Vandana Singh
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : STEVE FEVER - Greg Egan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : HELLFIRE AT TWILIGHT - Kage Baker
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE IMMORTALS OF ATLANTIS - Brian Stableford
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : NOTHING PERSONAL - Pat Cadigan
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : TIDELINE - Elizabeth Bear
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE ACCORD - Keith Brooke
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : LAWS OF SURVIVAL - Nancy Kress
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE MISTS OF TIME - Tom Purdom
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : CRATERS - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : THE PROPHET OF FLORES - Ted Kosmatka
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : STRAY - Benjamin Rosenbaum & David Ackert
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : ROXIE - Robert Reed
Year's Best Science Fiction 25 : DARK HEAVEN - Gregory Benford

Aeronautical gasbag butchery breakdown backup solution.

4 out of 5


Partial emigration game.

4 out of 5


Energetic documentary avalanche accident.

3 out of 5


Diaspora warpdrive fine young cannibal political assassination.

4 out of 5


Long term terraforming relationship.

4 out of 5


Multiversal war dump survival massacre.

5 out of 5


School's out forever, mums, stomach pump and all.

3.5 out of 5


Chinese Mexican astronomical intelligence.

3.5 out of 5


Antimatter lightspeed starblast instantiation means mathematical archaeology discovery decision.

4.5 out of 5


The Once and Future Driver.

3.5 out of 5


Making a xenodiscovery killing.

4 out of 5


Wormhole time tender's raconteur replay.

4 out of 5


Ship time warp trouble.

4.5 out of 5


Fabrication pirates.

3 out of 5


Ripped off.

4 out of 5


Great Winter war worry witch weapon passing.

4.5 out of 5


Battletech comes and goes, but pizza always popular.

4 out of 5


I'm not a bloke, but you can kiss me anyway, airship boy.

4 out of 5


Meta mind alien burn.

3.5 out of 5


Resurrection nanobuild permutation recreation.

4.5 out of 5


Mystery not berry real, but game commences for more than usual fee.

4 out of 5


Birthright activation fifth stage terminal interruption.

3.5 out of 5


Multiversal Dread.

4 out of 5


Master Belvedere, battletech beachcomber.

4 out of 5


Proxy people.

2.5 out of 5


Alien desperate dog school.

4.5 out of 5


Slave ship rescue, double viewing.

4 out of 5


Mandatory babychipping has horrendously explosive terrorist consequences, reporter finds.

4.5 out of 5


Hobbit descent discovery doctrine defiance.

3.5 out of 5


Immortal surprise.

3 out of 5


Dog destiny via bolide.

4 out of 5


Centauri monkeyboy fry.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

Dark Heaven - Gregory Benford

Centauri monkeyboy fry.


4 out of 5

Nothing Personal - Pat Cadigan

Multiversal Dread.


4 out of 5

The Immortals Of Atlantis - Brian Stableford

Birthright activation fifth stage terminal interruption.


3.5 out of 5

Of Love and Other Monsters - Vandana Singh

Meta mind alien burn.


3.5 out of 5

The Skysailor's Tale - Michael Swanwick

I'm not a bloke, but you can kiss me anyway, airship boy.


4 out of 5

Sea Change - Una McCormack

School's out forever, mums, stomach pump and all.

(call it 3.75)
3.5 out of 5

Impact Parameter - Geoffrey A. Landis

End of the world loophole.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Murderer - Lawrence Watt-Evans

Media millionaire monster removal at mini stage, among others.


3.5 out of 5

Flatline - Walter Jon Williams

Singularity irrelevant people slice.


3.5 out of 5

Leave - Robert Reed

Alien war recruit fib.


4 out of 5

How the Day Runs Down - John Langan

In this act, the zombies keep on truckin'.


4 out of 5

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Swordsman Of Mars - Otis Adelbert Kline

There is a lengthy introduction to this book by Michael Moorcock, setting the stage. He discusses that this is an original, far superior version to a later butchered paperback edition, and how is happy to have missed that and now read this one. Noting that doing the Burroughs thing is not as easy as it might sound, giving he had a crack at his own trilogy, and didn't live up to the standard.

That, however, is definitely not the case here. I was dubious about this - admittedly only having read one Kline story before - but this book is good. In fact, easily the equal of the best Burroughs work. A different style, of course, but the trappings are there. Earthman goes to Mars, is handy with a sword, and there is a beautiful Princess. Or two, as the case may be, and one of them is almost as good with the edged weaponry.

Different colored men, strange beasts - some of which are fearsome and domesticated - or beastmen perhaps, death rays, flying machines, chases, escapes and battles, all the good stuff is here.

A nice piece of writing, and if you like the planetary romance or even just John Carter stuff, absolutely give this one a go. Harry Thorne's a more cerebral character, and he has a very different antagonist in this novel to those that Carter faces, but it is all thoroughly enjoyable.

This full proper version absolutely deserves the Planet Stories edition rescue it has been given, excellent work by Mona and crew.


4 out of 5

Interzone 217 - Andy Cox

A solid, right on the number you want 3.50 for Interzone 217. The clear standout is Paul McAuley (who dons and sheds his middle initital at will, it seems) and his reverse Berserker story, and Sanford's mudball planet weird ship tale is good, too.

A brief editorial by Pete Bullock, who is in charge of delivering the electronic editions so people like me can get the mag talking about the rise of electronic media, particularly associated with reading. At Transmissions From Beyond there are a few podcasts of tales from the mag and its siblings, if you like the odd audio story - and one of them Greg Egan's Crystal Nights.

Interzone 217 : AFRICA - Karen Fishler
Interzone 217 : THE TWO HEADED GIRL - Paul G. Tremblay
Interzone 217 : THE SHIPS LIKE CLOUDS, RISEN BY THEIR RAIN - Jason Sanford
Interzone 217 : CONCESSION GIRL - Suzanne Palmer
Interzone 217 : LITTLE LOST ROBOT - Paul McAuley
Interzone 217 : COMUS OF CENTRAL PARK - M.K. Hobson

Expelled return Guardian burial slip.

3.5 out of 5


Bookclub swinger.

2.5 out of 5


Mudworld lift underground shift.

4 out of 5


Station bomb stop, less fries after.

3.5 out of 5


Omegal level Sundive not Choose Life decision.

4.5 out of 5


Faun annoyance desire.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

Comus Of Central Park - M. K. Hobson

Faun annoyance desire.


3 out of 5

Concession Girl - Suzanne Palmer

Station bomb stop, less fries after.


3.5 out of 5

The Two Headed Girl - Paul Tremblay

Bookclub swinger.


2.5 out of 5

Africa - Karen Fishler

Expelled return Guardian burial slip.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Quiller Memorandum - Adam Hall

A tight, taut spy thriller.

Quiller is contacted by a man, asking him to go straight from one completed task, to another, and he is tired.

It is never made explicitly clear who he works for, but it is clear where his sympathies lie. Even though he is a lone wolf deniable operative.

When told that a man named Zossen, a war criminal who he personally saw butcher many, many people in WWII, he is hooked.

Going it alone, we get a first person look at the psychology and methodology of a supremely confident agent, as he goes about luring this network of nazi war criminals out by offering himself as bait.


4 out of 5

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Gent From Bear Creek and Other Stories - Robert E. Howard

A compilation that contains the Breckenridge Elkins fixup A Gent From Bear Creek, and a couple of rarities of Kline influenced tales of a similar ilk.


A fixup of the Breckenridge Elkins stories from Action stories magazine. A most amusing bunch of tales, and the compiler notes in the introduction that the hardback original of this work is one of the most sought after collectible first editions from America in the 20th century.

Elkins is larger than life, edging slightly into Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill territory, if rather a lot more shooting and breaking of things going on than the more fabulous variety.

Gent From Bear Creek : Striped Shirts and Busted Hearts - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Mountain Man - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Meet Cap'n Kidd - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Guns of the Mountains - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : A Gent from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Feud Buster - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Road to Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Scalp Hunter - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Cupid from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Haunted Mountain - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Educate or Bust - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : War on Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : When Bear Creek Came to Chawed Ear - Robert E. Howard


Of course Elkins is going to like the only big girl he isn't related to in his hills.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins is sent to fetch a letter, but ends up in the ring.

3 out of 5


Elkins find the big hard-headed hoss for him.

4 out of 5


Elkins goes after some outlaws who robbed his uncle, but has a problem telling them from the law.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins has to stop his family trying to kill each other over some gold, and the loss of.

4 out of 5


Elkins decides to put an end to some clan disagreements.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins is asked to help with a disagreement between his father and uncle, but some of the same old happens.

3 out of 5


Of uncle's hairpieces, mule assassination, and counterfeiting.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins gets in the middle of making a wedding happen.

3 out of 5


Elkins, tired of his Aunt, hires on to help out an athropologist.

3 out of 5


Elkins in pursuit of the suicidal, pretty schoolteachers and maniacs.

3 out of 5


All the shot, stabbed and broken people were apparently the razorback's fault, says Elkins.

3.5 out of 5


A drinking contest leads to of course, trouble, and a rock smashing declaration of love.

3.5 out of 5


Bearfields, Big Noses and Fat Bears.

3 out of 5


A town decides they need protection from Elkins.

3 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

The Steel Remains - Richard Morgan

Three against Melnibone?

Ok, maybe not quite. In fact, this novel is perhaps a little slow for Richard Morgan, only firing up in a full on last stand against the otherworldly invaders right at the end. However, at 300 odd pages it is nowhere near as ponderous as the usual epic fantasy tome. This novel is not one of those, considerably more to the low fantasy end of the scale. Sword and Sorcery? Maybe. Certainly if you like Sword and Sorcery this book may well appeal. These invaders being the ones to reminder you of blokes that Elric might have inflicted Stormbringer upon in his early days.

Morgan does note some authors at the end, Wagner, Moorcock, Anderson, etc. You could say that the Steel Remains is perhaps Wagner via Moorcock with a touch of Gemmell.

There are three main characters, Ringil, a rich kid that became a general and is living the simple life with enough booze to get by thanks to his alien technology sword, Egar, your Steppes Horde barbarian, similarly taking it easy, and Archeth, one of the last of an alien race left around the place, an advisor to the Emperor. The paths of these three drunken and drug addled but exceedingly dangerous warriors will intersect - and presumably quite a bit more in the books to come, having been dragged or driven out of their lives thanks in part to the machinations of a couple of godlings.


4 out of 5

The Best Of Robert E. Howard Volume 2 Grim Lands - Robert E. Howard

Like the first of these Best Ofs, this is a many genre varied collection, ranging from sword and sorcery, boxing, horror to western humour. It also includes several poems. Rusty Burke says in his intro this is large his selection of stories that he thinks are the best. There are also several poems, some sketches and a lengthy article titled 'Barbarian at the Pantheon Gates' by Steve Tompkins, who argues thusly:

"That knocking you hear, polite but persistent, is the people who assembled Volumes I and II of The Best of Robert E. Howard, addressing themselves to the front door of the American literary pantheon. Let’s be upfront while we’re out front: not only do we put Howard’s finest work on we’ve even gone so far as to pick out a place of honor for that pedestal within the pantheon’s marmoreal recesses. These books are designed to be more than just a Petition for Admittance; our aim has been a show of force, an effort to rout derisive interdiction with a decisive intervention in a debate that’s been too non-evidentiary for too long."

Grim Lands : By This Axe I Rule! - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : The Tower of the Elephant - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Wings in the Night - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Lord of Samarcand - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : The Shadow of the Vulture - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : The Bull Dog Breed - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : The Man on the Ground - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Old Garfield’s Heart - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Vultures of Wahpeton - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Gents on the Lynch - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Pigeons from Hell - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Wild Water - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Son of the White Wolf - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Black Vulmea’s Vengeance - Robert E. Howard
Grim Lands : Red Nails - Robert E. Howard


Kull is a little peeved that Brule and Ka-Nu are riding out, leaving him behind to govern, and even moreso when he discovers a law that does not permit him to allow one of his young nobles to marry the slave girl he likes.

A cadre of sympathisers to the former king is plotting to do Kull in with Brule and many Red Slayers away, having suborned his guard.

Their problem was that Kull was restless when they attacked, heard them coming and had time to done some armor. And this :

"And in that instant Kull leaped to the wall and tore therefrom an ancient battle-axe which had hung there for possibly a hundred years.

Back to the wall, he faced them for a moment; then leaped among them. No defensive fighter was Kull! He always carried the fight to the enemy."

The enemy could only get at him 4 or so to 1 in the room, but there were 20 of them. If not for the timely intervention of the young noble he talked to earlier, Kull would be Corpse Kull.

Grateful, he has a Judge Dredd moment, bigtime :

"Here stand the two who have saved my life. Hence forward they are free to marry, to do as they
like..."

"But the law!" screamed Tu.

"I am the law!" roared Kull, swinging up his axe; "By this axe I rule! This is my sceptre! I have struggled and sweated to be the puppet king you
wished me to be-to rule your way. Now I use mine own way. If you will not fight, you shall obey. Laws that are just shall stand, laws that have outlived their times I shall shatter as I shattered that one. I am king!"

This story shows Kull, warrior and statesmen at his finest, consoling a girl earlier, the grim warrior the next.

4.5 out of 5


Introspection and philosophy are not cures for what ails a bored warrior-King. Neither are wizardly mirrors or Lovecraftian elder races.

Thankfully, the stout, pragmatic Spear-Slayer is there to remind him.

4 out of 5


Conan is in thieving mode here. In a tavern, he is asking the assembled crowd of nogoodniks why no-one has stolen a famous jewel from this tower.

They tell him because it is guarded by some very nasty things.

He, of course, investigates, and meets a master thief attempting the same thing.

Humans, animals, a giant spider and a wizard are to be encountered, not to mention an alien.

3.5 out of 5


Solomon Kane is deep in cannibal country, when he comes across even worse. Flying man-beasts that are too many for him to fight, and he is overcome.

When he wakens, he realises he is alive, even though he should not be, and is told of the akaanas, or flying-men, and realizes they may be the source of the Mediterranean harpy legend.

Kane has an advantage against them the others do not, he has firearms, and the staff of N'Longa. He sets out to deal with this menace methodically.

3.5 out of 5


A young Scotsman watches a battle go awry, but later is happy with a home in the area, and the chance to do some claymore wielding Turk lopping, but it is a very dangerous business.

2.5 out of 5


Not much sorcery to be seen in this historical adventure, but it is the origin of the character that Roy Thomas and others adapted with such success for Marvel in comics form, so of interest to fans of Conan and Red Sonja as she currently stands, chainmail bikini wearing barbarbian Hyrkanian warrior.

It is also a sterling Robert E. Howard tale, as well as being the origin of the flame haired swordswoman.

Von Kalmbach is a knight who managed to injure the Turkish leader in battle in the past, when his other 31 comrades died. When it is learned he is still alive, an assassin is sent after him:

""Enough of excuses," interrupted Ibrahim. "Send Mikhal Oglu to
me. ... The man whose very name was a shuddering watchword of horror to all western Asia was soft-spoken and moved with the mincing ease of a cat..."

"...nor could Ibrahim guess that he was taking the first steps in a feud which should spread over years and far lands, swirling in dark tides to draw in thrones and kingdoms and red-haired
women more beautiful than the flames of hell..."

Von Kalmbach is drinking in a small town outside Vienna when he realises an invasion is coming, and rides quickly for the city, where a defense is being mustered.

Looking around, he is surprised: "Turning toward the abandoned gun, he saw a colorful, incongruous figure bending over the massive breech.

It was a woman, dressed as von Kalmbach had not seen even the
dandies of France dressed. She was tall, splendidly shaped, but lithe. From under a steel cap escaped rebellious tresses that rippled red gold in the sun over her compact shoulders. High boots of Cordovan leather came to her mid-thighs, which were cased in baggy breeches. She wore a shirt of fine Turkish mesh-mail tucked into her breeches. Her supple waist was confined by a flowing sash of green silk, into which were thrust a brace of pistols and a dagger, and from which depended a long Hungarian saber. Over all was carelessly thrown a scarlet cloak.

This surprizing figure was bending over the cannon, sighting it in a manner betokening more than a passing familiarity, at a group of Turks who were wheeling a carriage-gun just within range.

"Eh, Red Sonya!" shouted a man-at-arms, waving his pike. "Give 'em hell, my lass!""

Thomas and company certainly lifted her temperament, and physical presence, wholesale : "A terrific detonation drowned her words and a swirl of smoke blinded every one on the turret, as the terrific recoil of the overcharged cannon knocked the firer flat on her back. She sprang up like a spring rebounding and rushed to the embrasure, peering eagerly through the smoke, which clearing, showed the ruin of the gun crew. The huge ball, bigger than a man's head, had smashed full into the group clustered about the saker, and now they lay on the torn ground, their skulls blasted by the impact, or their bodies mangled by the flying iron splinters from their shattered gun. A cheer went up from

the towers, and the woman called Red Sonya yelled with a sincere joy and did the steps of a Cossack dance.



Gottfried approached, eying in open admiration the splendid swell

of her bosom beneath the pliant mail, the curves of her ample hips and rounded limbs. She stood as a man might stand, booted legs braced wide apart, thumbs hooked into her girdle, but she was all woman. She was laughing as she faced him, and he noted with fascination the dancing sparkling lights and changing colors of her eyes. She raked back her rebellious locks with a powder-stained hand and he wondered at the clear pinky whiteness of her firm flesh where it was unstained.

"Why did you wish for the Sultana Roxelana for a target, my girl?" he asked.

"Because she's my sister, the slut!" answered Sonya. "

Pretty soon, Gottfried is very happy she is there:

"It was Red Sonya who had come to his aid, and her onslaught was no less terrible than that of a she-panther. Her strokes followed each other too quickly for the eye to follow; her blade was a blur of white fire, and men went down like ripe grain before the reaper. With a deep roar Gottfried strode to her side, bloody and terrible, swinging his great blade. Forced irresistibly back, the Moslems wavered on the edge of the wall, then leaped for the ladders or fell screaming through empty space.

Oaths flowed in a steady stream from Sonya's red lips and she
laughed wildly as her saber sang home and blood spurted along the
edge. The last Turk on the battlement screamed and parried wildly as she pressed him; then dropping his scimitar, his clutching hands closed desperately on her dripping blade. With a groan he swayed on the edge, blood gushing from his horribly cut fingers.

"Hell to you, dog-soul!" she laughed. "The devil can stir your
broth for you!"

With a twist and a wrench she tore away her saber, severing the
wretch's fingers; with a moaning cry he pitched backward and fell
headlong.""


The somewhat bewildered knight still does not know what to make of her: ""By God, my girl," said he, extending a huge hand, "had you not come to my aid, I think I'd have supped in Hell this night. I thank--"

"Thank the devil!" retorted Sonya rudely, slapping his hand aside. "The Turks were on the wall. Don't think I risked my hide to save yours, dog-brother!"

And with a scornful flirt of her wide coattails, she swaggered off down the battlements, giving back promptly and profanely the rude sallies of the soldiers."

He enquires about this woman: "Eh, she's a devil, that one! She drinks the strongest head under the table and outswears a Spaniard. She's no man's light o' love. Cut--slash--death to you, dog-soul! There's her way."

"Red Sonya from Rogatino--that's all we know. Marches and fights
like a man--God knows why. Swears she's sister to Roxelana, the
Soldan's favorite. If the Tatars who grabbed Roxelana that night had got Sonya, by Saint Piotr! Suleyman would have had a handful! Let her alone, sir brother; she's a wildcat. Come and have a tankard of ale."

After an ill advised excursion against the enemy, Sonya pulls Gottfried to safety, and after telling him of the death of a leader, she displays no patience for sensitive men: Gottfried sat down on a piece of fallen wall, and because he was shaken and exhausted, and still mazed with drink and blood-lust, he sank his face in his huge hands and wept. Sonya kicked him disgustedly.

"Name o' Satan, man, don't sit and blubber like a spanked schoolgirl. You drunkards had to play the fool, but that can't be
mended. Come--let's go to the Walloon's tavern and drink ale."

After some more heavy fighting and a respite, the Turks try some sneaking to get to von Kalmbach, but again Sonya is there: "Tshoruk snarled like a wolf and struck him savagely on the head
with a scimitar hilt. Almost instantly, it seemed, the door crashed inward. As in a dream Gottfried saw Red Sonya framed in the doorway, pistol in hand. Her face was drawn and haggard; her eyes burned like coals. Her basinet was gone, and her scarlet cloak. Her mail was hacked and red-clotted, her boots slashed, her silken breeches splashed and spotted with blood.

With a croaking cry Tshoruk ran at her, scimitar lifted. Before he could strike, she crashed down the barrel of the empty pistol on his head, felling him like an ox. From the other side Rhupen slashed at her with a curved Turkish dagger. Dropping the pistol, she closed with the young Oriental. Moving like someone in a dream, she bore him irresistibly backward, one hand gripping his wrist, the other his throat. Throttling him slowly, she inexorably crashed his head again and again against the stones of the wall, until his eyes rolled up and set. Then she threw him from her like a sack of loose salt."

As she says : ""The bells of Saint Stephen!" cried Sonya. "They peal for victory!""

The defenders have won, and the Turks retreat. Sonya and von Kalmbach spare one of the sneakers they have caught, and send him back with a grim message for the attackers.

4 out of 5


Costigan shows the guts his dog does when he fights a French champion without knowing who he is.

4 out of 5


A Texas feud gets ghostly.

3.5 out of 5


Giving the Ghost Man back his loaner.

3.5 out of 5


The titular bunch are a gang of murderers, and they have their eyes on half a million in gold.

3 out of 5


A little courting sneakery.

3 out of 5


A man is murdered, and in no ordinary fashion. When law enforcement investigates this is the story he gets from a witness:

"and my God, sir, he was dead! His head had been split open. I saw brains and clotted blood oozing down his face, and his face,,,"

It appears there is a zuvembie in town, the long awaited aftermatch of a property that had white women mistreating their black slaves, badly.

4 out of 5


A gunman taking revenge on a wealthy landowner ends up in a storm with someone who has revenge plans on a much bigger scale.

4.5 out of 5


A return to roots rebellion has El Borak in the middle of things, but with a spook woman to liven things up a bit more than they already are.

3.5 out of 5


"Shut up!" growled the pirate. "I'm going to save you for the sake of the lady and the lass, but I don't have to talk to you!" With rare consistency he then continued: "We'll leave this trap the same way I came and went.

So, Black Vulmea is not always completely self-interested. :) Here, he does the right thing, even at risk to himself.

3 out of 5


Conan is travelling, finds a dead woman, and then encounters Valeria of the Red Brotherhood. After trading some insults, they have the misfortune to stumble across a dragon.

Then they have fun in an abandoned city full of crazed warriors, two evil, leering royals, and a third undead type one. Capture, bondage, slayage, all the great stuff in this tale of a fantastic partnership.

5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

Wild Water - Robert E. Howard

A gunman taking revenge on a wealthy landowner ends up in a storm with someone who has revenge plans on a much bigger scale.


4.5 out of 5

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Waterfront Fists and Others - Robert E. Howard

As the title suggests, a collection of boxing stories. Most of them about Able Bodied Seaman Steve Costigan, the heavyweight champ of his own ship, and looking to fight plenty of others.

The best stories are usually when his bulldog, Mike, also plays a part, as the big dumb palooka gets into trouble with his loyal powerhouse furry friend.

Waterfront Fists : THE APPARITION IN THE PRIZE RING - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE PIT OF THE SERPENT - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE BULL DOG BREED - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : SAILORS' GRUDGE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : FIST AND FANG - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE IRON MAN - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : WINNER TAKE ALL - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : WATERFRONT FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : CHAMP OF THE FORECASTLE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : ALLEYS OF PERIL - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : TEXAS FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : CIRCUS FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : VIKINGS OF THE GLOVES - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : NIGHT OF BATTLE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE SLUGGER'S GAME - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : GENERAL IRONFIST - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : SLUGGERS ON THE BEACH - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : ALLEYS OF DARKNESS - Robert E. Howard



Battered boxer's ghostly aid.

2.5 out of 5


Rival ship crewmen clash over Spanish chiquita.

3 out of 5


Costigan shows the guts his dog does when he fights a French champion without knowing who he is.

4 out of 5


Costigan has a shot at the movie business.

3 out of 5


Fighting to get shot.

3 out of 5


An old fighter learns some new tricks may not be enough, in the ring, anyway.

3 out of 5


Costigan fights for a stock scam.

3.5 out of 5


Costigans shows he still has no brains where dodgy dames are concerned.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan helps train a fellow sailor so he can fight over his Swedish girlfriend.

3.5 out of 5


“You hate Ridley, eh? What would you do to him if you could?" “Anything,” I said bitterly. “Hangin's too good for a rat like him." She rested her elbows on the table and her chin in her hands, and, looking into my eyes, she said, “Do you know who I am?" “Yeah,” I answered. “I ain't never seen you before, but you couldn't be nobody else but the girl the Chinese call the ‘White Tigress.’” Her narrow eyes glittered a little and she nodded. “Yes. And would you like to know what drove a decent white girl into the shadows of the Orient—made an innocent, trusting child into one of a band of international criminals, and the leader of desperate tongmen? Well, I'll tell you in a few words. It was the heartlessness of a man—"

However, The White Tigress and Steve Costigan have serious differences on what they mean by 'killing' the dodgy ref.

4 out of 5


Costigan is shanghaied to fight a miner, who turns out to be his old mate Biff. No one told him about the bullets flying though.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan's dog also a draw at the carny fights.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan has to pretend to be a Swede to get a fight.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan finds out that the Black Mandarin isn't.

3.5 out of 5


Too many limeys for Steve, particularly when his dog is stolen to take part in some illegal animal fights.

4 out of 5


Costigan is shanghaied by a Chinese general to fight an opposition number who happens to be good with the gloves.

A big surprise when he finds out who it is :-
“Joel Ballerin!” I said, staring at him. I might of knowed. Wherever they was war, you'd usually find Joel Ballerin right in the middle of it. He was from South Australia, and had a natural instinct for carnage. He was famed as a fighting man all over South Africa, Australia and the South Seas. Gunrunner, blackbirder, smuggler, pirate, pearler, or what have you, but always a scrapper from the word go, with a constant hankering to bounce his enormous fists offa somebody's conk. I'd never fit him, but I'd saw some of his handiwork. The ruin he could make of a human carcass was plumb appalling."

Steve's in a spot, off with his head if he loses, probably shot if he wins.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan takes a disliking to a referee, but ends up involved with a dodgy dame, a treasure map, and fighting the same guy.

3.5 out of 5


Dorgan and bulldog have some out of the ring fighting to do thanks to a woman and mad scientist.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

The Complete Action Stories - Robert E. Howard

A collection of stories of two types, one are the boxing stories about Steve Costigan, usually getting into trouble in various Asian ports. The second are the hillbilly Hercules hijinks of Breckenridge Elkins and his carnage causing abilities. All of a decidedly humorous tone, in general.

Complete Action Stories : The TNT Punch - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Sign of the Snake - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Blow the Chinks Down - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Breed of Battle - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Dark Shanghai - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Mountain Man - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Guns of the Mountains - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Scalp Hunter - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : A Gent from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Road to Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Haunted Mountain - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : War on Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Feud Buster - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Cupid from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Riot at Cougar Paw - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : The Apache Mountain War - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Pilgrims to the Pecos - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Pistol Politics - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Evil Deeds at Red Cougar - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : High Horse Rampage - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : No Cowherders Wanted - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Conquerin' Hero of the Humbolts - Robert E. Howard
Complete Action Stories : Sharp's Gun Serenade - Robert E. Howard

Costigan's dog bites a cop, the crowd goes off their nut, and a yank pretends to be arrested by poms to get Steve's cash. Very amusing.

4 out of 5


A beach fight for Costigan turns into a brawl with a Malay gang.

3 out of 5


Steve Costigan and mate get mixed up with spies and gems in Hong Kong.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan is plenty mad when someone kidnaps Mike for dirty dog fights.

4.5 out of 5


Costigan and mate see that retrieving a female thief might get them a lot of cash.

3 out of 5


Elkins is sent to fetch a letter, but ends up in the ring.

3 out of 5


Elkins goes after some outlaws who robbed his uncle, but has a problem telling them from the law.

3.5 out of 5


Of uncle's hairpieces, mule assassination, and counterfeiting.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins has to stop his family trying to kill each other over some gold, and the loss of.

4 out of 5


Elkins is asked to help with a disagreement between his father and uncle, but some of the same old happens.

3 out of 5


Elkins, tired of his Aunt, hires on to help out an athropologist.

3 out of 5


All the shot, stabbed and broken people were apparently the razorback's fault, says Elkins.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins decides to put an end to some clan disagreements.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins gets in the middle of making a wedding happen.

3 out of 5


Elkins busts his brother's foot, has to do a job for him, ends up in the slammer, but is released to protect the town from a wild man. Who happens to be his cousin.

4 out of 5


Licker is a ruin.

3 out of 5


Guiding past some Mexicans.

3 out of 5


Spelling for campaign entertainment.

3 out of 5


Hard core bowling, hard heads, shootouts, landslides and lying and thieving contribute to reasons Mr. Elkins does not like the titular town.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins goes looking for his cousin, a definite fashion victim, which involves a lot of fighting and not much cousin.

3 out of 5


Elkins very much worries buffalo hunters.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins is asked to help with some rustlers, and finds that, well, that is just not the story at all.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins in pursuit of the suicidal, pretty schoolteachers and maniacs.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Messiah Choice - Jack L. Chalker

Demon summoning supercomputer.


An ex-detective gets mixed up in a plot to use a revolutionary supercomputer system to provide power for a magic ritual.

Of course, such a thing is going to require a virgin, and in this case, the girl is a quadraplegic.

However, a computer system of this power can do a lot of things - change people being one of them.

So a science fantasy if you like, in an island setting.


3.5 out of 5

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lord Of the Dead - Robert E. Howard

Erlik Khan has a large fighter with delusions of reincarnation, to Steve Harrison's detriment. Also a collection of Tongsicles.


4 out of 5

The Spears Of Clontarf - Robert E. Howard

Vikings vs Gaels, weird women and war, as Turlogh Dubh and Conn bear witness to the passing of Brian Boru.


4.5 out of 5

The Twilight Of the Grey Gods - Robert E. Howard

Vikings vs Gaels, weird women and war, as Turlogh Dubh and Conn bear witness to the passing of Brian Boru.


4.5 out of 5

The Grey God Passes - Robert E. Howard

Vikings vs Gaels, weird women and war, as Turlogh Dubh and Conn bear witness to the passing of Brian Boru.


4.5 out of 5

Three-Bladed Doom - Robert E. Howard

Asian takeover Assassin Tower.


El Borak becomes embroiled in a plot to gain power. Along the way he has a girl in a hashish garden to rescue, a valley of djin to survive, a giant Snow Ape to defeat, and more.

This all leads to the bloody mayhem of a siege, faced by assassins led by a Cossack enemy.

Much carnage, swords, and guns.


4 out of 5

For the Love Of Barbara Allen - Robert E. Howard

Dead woman war waiting.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dark Crusade - Karl Edward Wagner

Cult general.

When a man proves himself to be more than human and a devotee of your dark god type he quickly develops a following with fervour.

After some initial military success he has his rabble smashed by a trained opposition.

Kane sees an opportunity and volunteers his military mind to whip the bunch of crazies into shape.

Kane has to see if he can stick around long enough given said bloke's delusions of competency for himself and followers.


3.5 out of 5

The Book Of Skulls - Robert Silverberg

50% immortality deal.

Any cult or secret organisation with Skulls in the title generally means bad things will happen, at least to some people.

Here the set up is that a group of students set out on a quest for immortality - the only problem is that to achieve it, only half of them can live.

Everything in the group is not going to stay sweetness and light for long with that sort of setup, as Silverberg delves into their troubled minds.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Darkness Weaves - Karl Edward Wagner

Double fleet devastation.


A couple of hundred years ago Kane built a pirate fleet so powerful it didn't have any targets left except nation states - which led to a large, bloody, naval engagement.

When a ruined woman, left so by a failed execution hires Kane to take another crack this he is cautious. When it is revealed that she is an close to an undead sorceress having made a dark pact with the Elder Ones from beneath the sea, and their ancient techology, and large, tentacled, monsters, well.

What do we say, Kane?

We say, Hell Yeah!

Deal us in for some serious seagoing squamous slaughter.


4 out of 5

Sunday, October 12, 2008

This Rich Evil Sound - Steven Erikson

Tree, boom like metal.

(and it is also really cool that the writer of monstrous length fantasies can knock out some nifty short stories on top of that)

3.5 out of 5

Unto the Daughters - Nancy Kress

Written out Even kid.


3 out of 5

Chains Of Destruction - Selina Rosen

Reliance reinforcements discovery mission.

RJ and company decide to leave Earth and see what they can do about the situation elsewhere.

En route they discover that those whom they rebel against are planning to use a group of primitive natives as shock troop reinforcements.

The planet they come from gives them physical advantages, and a manipulative religious situation has been set up to ensure their compliance.

One genetically modified leader decides something should be done about this, and the local staff aren't even too keen on their bosses.

Not as good as the first one, and presumably there is more of this coming given where it ended.


3.5 out of 5

Philippa's Hands - Nancy Kress

Digit death scene pain.


3 out of 5

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hok Draws the Bow - Manly Wade Wellman

Hok finds that while cool new distance weapons are good, a wife with a spear can still come in very handy.


3 out of 5

Tomorrow Bites - Toni Weisskopf and Greg Cox

An excellent collection of science fiction werewolf stories, at 3.77. These range all the way from joke humour to suspense, to horror.

The oddest perhaps being Robertson's spacesuit scam to get a guy to go into a game to raid a vampire's castle with a French knight, a jester, a knight's companion, and a SuperChimp.

Tomorrow Bites : Werehouse - Michael F. Flynn
Tomorrow Bites : Operation Afreet - Poul Anderson
Tomorrow Bites : There Shall Be No Darkness - James Blish
Tomorrow Bites : There's a Wolf in My Time Machine - Larry Niven
Tomorrow Bites : Wolf Enough - Jane Mailander
Tomorrow Bites : A Prophecy of Monsters - Clark Ashton Smith
Tomorrow Bites : A Midwinter's Tale - Michael Swanwick
Tomorrow Bites : The Hero as Werwolf - Gene Wolfe
Tomorrow Bites : flowereW - John Ordover
Tomorrow Bites : Frontier of the Dark - A. Bertram Chandler
Tomorrow Bites : Werewolves of Luna - R. Garcia y Robertson

We're bored, let's go wolf.

3.5 out of 5


Witchwolf teamup success requires djinn psychology.

4 out of 5


Werewolf symphony.

4 out of 5


Werewolf girl following time.

3 out of 5


Non-sarky army fightback.

3.5 out of 5


Unpublished poet given alien travel offer, his monstrous bodily form desirable for revolutionary reasons.

3 out of 5


Alien beastie xmas chat.

3.5 out of 5


Postapocalyptic necrophiliac cannibal culture.

4 out of 5


Bummer of a light ending.

4 out of 5


Temporal procession Drive shifts all species.

4 out of 5


Vampire heart game, virtual Maximum Neptune grand sweepstakes save.

4 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

Werewolves Of Luna - R. Garcia y Robertson

Vampire heart game, virtual Maximum Neptune grand sweepstakes save.


4 out of 5

Frontier Of the Dark - A. Bertram Chandler

Temporal procession Drive shifts all species.


4 out of 5

flowereW - John J. Ordover

Bummer of a light ending.


4 out of 5

Wolf Enough - Jane Mailander

Non-sarky army fightback.


3.5 out of 5

Werehouse - Michael F. Flynn

We're bored, let's go wolf.


3.5 out of 5

Liline the Moon Girl - Edmond Hamilton

Use lunar Flame wisely.


3 out of 5

R. Garcia y Robertson's 'Supercats' Future History

http://www.asimovs.com/aspnet_forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=887

See discussion above for how complete this may be.

SF-S-4.0 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Bird Herding
SF-S-4.0 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Fair Verona
SF-S-4.5 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Gone To Glory
SF-S-3.5 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : The Good Ship Lollypop
SF-S-3.5 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Kansas She Says Is the Name of the Star
SF-S-4.5 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Long Voyage Home
SF-S-4.0 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Oxygen Rising
SF-S-4.0 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : A Princess Of Helium
SF-S-3.5 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Ring Rats
SF-S-4.0 Y Robertson, R. Garcia : Teen Angel

add Werewolves of Luna (which I have and will get to shortly), Cast On A Distant Shore as part of the 'Supercats' Future History, thanks to info here.

G. David Nordley Story Breakdown

I went to the source, and here is what he sent me :-

"Almost all of my stories take place in a single, loosely consistent future history. Several stories have featured the same characters and/or settings:

Trimus Takes place on Trimus, the planet of a brown dwarf, featuring the whale-liike Do Utian detective Drinil-ib, assistants Mary (human), and the flying beings from Kleth, Do Tor and Go Tan.
Poles Apart
Network
Final Review

Chaos Featuring Solar System lawman Hartigan O'Reilly
Calendar of Chaos
Messenger of Chaos
Relic of Chaos

The Black Hole Project (With C.S. Lowe) Concerning a future project to make a 4 billion ton mini black hole
Kremer's Limit
The Small Pond
Imperfect Gods
Loki's Realm
Vertex

These Mars related stories have been collected in the book: After the Vikings (Amazon.com, or ScorpiusDigital.com). They take place over millions of years of future history and do not involve a common character.
Martian Valkyrie
A Life on Mars
Comet Gypsies
The Day of their Coming
Morning on Mars"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Brain Drain - Frederik Pohl

Fermi upload silence solution.


3.5 out of 5

Great unreported discoveries no. 163 - Mike Resnick

Plant pain project.


3 out of 5

Prometheus Unbound At Last - Kim Stanley Robinson

Novel outline Science Mutual.


3 out of 5

How Science Saved the World - Kim Stanley Robinson

Permaculture macrohistory.


3 out of 5

Falling - Benjamin Rosenbaum

Bloody airsurfers bad for Free Society.


3.5 out of 5

Panpsychism proved - Rudy Rucker

Mindlink quantum jiggly-doo rock does mind.


3.5 out of 5

Pluto Story - Robert Silverberg

Superconducting crab life.


3 out of 5

The Visible Men - Michael Moorcock

Multiverse box shortcut.


3 out of 5

Undead Again - Ken MacLeod

Vampire generation ship.


4 out of 5

Avatars In Space - Geoffrey A. Landis

Mini spacebot spread.


3.5 out of 5

Product Development - Nancy Kress

Jamming sales boost.


3.5 out of 5

Total Internal Reflection - Gwyneth Jones

REM Immortality fluke.


3.5 out of 5

Takeover - Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Wallet life switch.


3.5 out of 5

At the Zoo - Warren Ellis

Baseline human breeding success.


3.5 out of 5

ARGUS Blinked - Paul Di Filippo

Petcam Panopticon uplift.


3 out of 5

The Perfect Lover - Paul Di Filippo

Very hot for pirate.


4 out of 5

The Abdication Of Pope Mary III - Robert J. Sawyer

Proof of wrong deity.


3.5 out of 5

Sandcastles A Dystopia - Kathryn Cramer

Big storm treats houses as such.


4 out of 5

Disextinction Inc - Kathryn Cramer

Kid good with comebacks.


4 out of 5

Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Keeping up with the metahuman researcher research and researchers.


3.5 out of 5

Defense Mech - Ray Bradbury

Too scared for the Mars thing.


3 out of 5

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Splendor's Laws - Dave Creek

Genius or goat, not grounded, even if they didn't like us to start with.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rain Check - Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore

Super-iGlann failure.


3.5 out of 5

50 Miles Down - Henry Kuttner

Borer crackup.


3 out of 5

The Secret Of Sinharat - Leigh Brackett

This Planet Stories volume is a two story collection containing

The Secret Of Sinharat
The People of the Talisman

Overall, a great pair of stories. The introduction by Michael Moorcock reminiscing about hunting down copies of Planet Stories and his friendship over the miles with Brackett and Hamilton is quite charming. Swapping tea for maple syrup, as an example.

Don't miss this one.

The Secret Of Sinharat

Barbarian hordes and witch women.


Stark's old mentor tracks him down, and hence he gets involved in trying to stop a barbarian insurrection on Mars.

All is not as it seems with the charismatic leader of the horder, or with the odd Venusian mercenary.

With some capable female assistance, Stark sword swings into action.

4 out of 5


Unmasked warlords and almost dead cities.

With a lot of sword, spear and axe work in between, the book gets more interesting after Stark unmasks a war leader of his opposition after a good belt to the helmet is delivered. Both he and her followers are rather suprised to discover she is not a man.

More fighting of course ensues, but the aforementioned pair are forced to work together against strange aliens in an unfortunately not deserted city, to ensure things do not go badly wrong.

4 out of 5




5 out of 5

It Happened In Space - Manly Wade Wellman

Possibly hosed.


2.5 out of 5

The Power and the Glory - Henry Kuttner

Other world visit old talents like a fairy dream.


3.5 out of 5

The Timeless Tomorrow - Manly Wade Wellman

Knight's tale vision division.


3 out of 5

Brothers Of Fate - Manly Wade Wellman

Master of world, retired.


3 out of 5

No Shield From the Dead - Gordon R. Dickson

High ranking defense.


3 out of 5

The Space Heroes A Brief History

The Space Heroes - A Brief History

This is based on what I have read and am currently familiar with. Suggestions are good. More than likely I have forgotten some.

This is about characters who have had prose appearances, only, but noting their first appearance chronologically if rather different. There are lists of the relevant material afterwards that I have read, with links.

I also haven't included ever single minor example that I know of, either. A few of the more esoteric or single appearances of the more superheroic variety you will find at Super Reader, for example. No particular interest in aimed at kids series, either.


1910

A Princess Of Mars [Under the Moons of Mars [John Carter]] (1912) - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter, Virginian, ends up on Barsoom and the rest is history, along with Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, a lot of offspring and some supervillains. There's a Venusian counterpart series, as well.
Barsoom : 01 A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 02 The Gods of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 04 Thuvia, Maid of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 05 The Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 06 The Master Mind of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 07 A Fighting Man of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 08 Swords of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 09 Synthetic Men of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 10 Llana of Gathol - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Barsoom : 11 John Carter of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter Of Mars : 1 John Carter and the Giant Of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Carter Of Mars : 1 Skeleton Men Of Jupiter - Edgar Rice Burroughs


1920



Armageddon 2149 AD [Buck Rogers] (1928) - Philip Francis Nowlan
The advent of Buck Rogers, as Anthony Rogers wakes up in the future and team sup with Wilma Deering for some military action.
Buck Rogers : 01 Armageddon 2419 AD - Philip Francis Nowlan
Buck Rogers : 02 The Airlords of Han - Philip Francis Nowlan
Buck Rogers : The Man from the 25th Century - Glen A. Larson
Buck Rogers : That Man on Beta - Glen A. Larson
Buck Rogers : Arrival - Abigail Irvine
Arrival : 1 Armageddon 1995 - Flint Dille
Arrival : 2 The Homecoming - Robert Sheckley
Arrival : 3 Triple Cross - Abigail Irvine
Arrival : 4 Tryst of Fate - M. S. Murdock
Arrival : 5 Two Barneys - Ulrike O'Reilly
Arrival : 6 The Relic - Flint Dille
Arrival : 7 Adversary - Jerry Oltion

Crashing Suns [Interstellar Patrol] (1928) - Edmond Hamilton
The first of the stories about a stalwart group of alien colleagues saving the world, solar system, galaxy or universe from immense threats, whether by massive ship battles, chases, or a bit of good old fashioned biffo.
Starwolves and the Interstellar Patrol - Edmond Hamilton

The Skylark Of Space [Skylark] (1929) - E. E. Doc Smith
One good scientist, one girl, one bad scientist, one ship.
The Skylark Of Space - E. E. Doc Smith

Planet Of Peril [Grandon] (1929) - Otis Adelbert Kline
The Venusian part of Kline's Planetary Romances.

The Legion Of Space [Legion Of Space] (1934) - Jack Williamson
A musketeeresque (among others) romp to stop the bad guys taking over your organisation, not to mention a doomsday weapon, and a woman that surprises them. A couple more books round out the series.
Legion of Space : 1 The Legion of Space - Jack Williamson


1930

Shambleau [Northwest Smith] (1993) - C. L. Moore
This tale of antihero Smith and a strange vampire woman of Mars is excellent, and the complete Northwest Smith has been released recently by Planet Stories.
Northwest Of Earth - C. L. Moore

The Swordsman Of Mars [Swordsman Of Mars] (1933) - Otis Adelbert Kline
Kline's answer to John Carter of Mars. A remastered and much improved version has just been released by the Planet Stories press.

Pirates Of Venus [Amtor, Carson] (1934) - Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB, keeping up with the Klineses.
Amtor : 3 Carson of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Amtor : 5 The Wizard of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Flash Gordon (1934) - Alex Raymond
The comic strip heroic polo player's adventures started in the aforementioned medium, and first appeared in prose in 1936 in a couple of publications normal mortals are never likely to find, an obscure pulp magazine, and a novel.
Flash Gordon : Flash Gordon (novelisation) - Arthur Byron Cover

Galactic Patrol [Lensman, Kimball Kinnison] (1937) - E. E. Doc Smith
The magazine appearance of this wild space opera starring Kimball Kinnison and his crew of space axe and raygun wielding underlings. This series evolves into superpowered agents and a galaxy wide no holds barred throw planets at them kill or be killed war with space pirates. Having a varied bunch of superhuman power wielding fellow Lensman and some big brained alien mentors helps, too. Along with smart kids.
Lensman : 1 Triplanetary - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 2 First Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 3 Galactic Patrol - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 4 Gray Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 5 Second Stage Lensman - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 6 Children of the Lens - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : 7 Masters of the Vortex - E. E. Doc Smith
Lensman : Pirates Of Space - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 1 The Vortex Blaster - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 2 Storm Cloud on Deka - E. E. Doc Smith
Masters Of the Vortex : 3 The Vortex Blaster Makes War - E. E. Doc Smith

Superman (1938) - Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
While very often Earthbound, this is not always the case for The Man Of Steel, as, along with Crisis On Infinite Earths, Elliott S. Maggin's Last Son Of Krypton novel shows. Superman and Luthor even have to team-up to get out of this deep space situation.
Superman : Krypto Starwinds Howl - Eliott S. Maggin
Superman : Last Son of Krypton - Eliott S. Maggin
Superman : Luthor's Gift - Eliott S. Maggin

Almuric (1939) - Robert E. Howard
Howard's take on the Planetary Romance, as adventure Esau Cairn awakes naked and alone and ventures forth into trouble on a new planet.
Unique : Almuric - Robert E. Howard

Black Destroyer [Space Beagle] (1939) - A. E. Van Vogt
Plucky scientist adventurers come across a powerful alien, and Alien would later be born.
The Voyage Of the Space Beagle - A. E. Van Vogt


1940

The Space Emperor [Captain Future] (1940) - Edmond Hamilton
A space superhero and his band of oddballs, robots, brains, included do what superhero teams do, just all over space. A couple were written by people other than Hamilton.
Captain Future : 11 The Comet Kings - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 13 The Face of the Deep - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 18 Red Sun of Danger - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 21 The Return of Captain Future - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 22 Children of the Sun - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 23 The Harpers of Titan - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 24 Pardon My Iron Nerves - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 25 Moon of the Unforgotten - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 26 Earthmen No More - Edmond Hamilton
Captain Future : 27 Birthplace of Creation - Edmond Hamilton
The Death of Captain Future (1996) - Allen M. Steele
A moving, sterling novella of a delusional ship captain taking on a new crewman, and the trouble he gets into, as well as being a homage of sorts to the titular character.
Space Opera Renaissance : The Death of Captain Future - Allen Steele

The Rull [Trevor Jamieson] (1948) - A. E. Van Vogt
A story that would become part of a fixup collection, The War Against the Rull. Humans have to learn how to deal with aliens that don't like them much.

Agent Of Vega [Vegan Agents] (1949) - James H. Schmitz
The first story about this group of superpowered super space agents appeared, continuing into the next decade.
Vegan Agents : Agent of Vega and Other Stories (Baen) - James H. Schmitz

Queen Of the Martian Catacombs [Eric John Stark] (1949) - Leigh Brackett
The adventures of the wild man of Mercury whether in our solar system, or others, begin here. Awesome stuff, as is much of her other work that is similar, Sea-Kings Of Mars, etc. Black Amazons, Enchantresses and giant Hounds await.
The Eric John Stark Saga - Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
Sea-Kings Of Mars and Otherworldly Stories - Leigh Brackett

The Star Kings (1949) - Edmond Hamilton
Interstellar lords and conflict as an Earthman's consciousness travels to inhabit the body of a space prince, and later he gets the full body treatment.
Stark and the Star Kings and Other Stories - Leigh Brackett
Stark and the Star Kings - Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton
The Eric John Stark Saga - Leigh Brackett

1950

Scanners Live In Vain [The Instrumentality Of Mankind] (1950) - Cordwainer Smith
The beginning of Smith's brilliant and strange Future History, which would not see the recurring characters appear until the sixties.
Scanners Live In Vain - Cordwainer Smith
On the Gem Planet [The Instrumentality Of Mankind, Casher O'Neill] (1963) - Cordwainer Smith
O'Neill appears in five other stories, titled in similar manner.
The Rediscovery Of Man - Cordwainer Smith
The Boy Who Bought Old Earth [The Instrumentality Of Mankind, Rod McBan] (1964) - Cordwainer Smith
A sequence of tales that would culminate in the novel, Norstrilia, years later.
Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith

Tiger By the Tail [Technic History, Dominic Flandry] (1951) - Poul Anderson
The exploits of a Bondesque flamboyant interstellar agent trying to slow the decline of the Terran Empire into barbarism begins here.
Flandry : Ensign Flandry - Poul Anderson
Flandry : 4 Agent of the Terran Empire - Poul Anderson

David Starr, Space Ranger [Lucky Starr] (1952) - Isaac Asimov
Kids series, it would seem.
From Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter - Isaac Asimov
From Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus - Isaac Asimov

Star Rangers [Central Control] (1953) - Andre Norton
A down and out space patrol have to try and do something about a super telepath.
Star Rangers - Andre Norton

Med Service [Med Service] (1957) - Murray Leinster
The adventures of an interstellar medical agent and his alien animal partner with its useful abilities.
Med Ship - Murray Leinster

The Interstellar Patrol [Federation Of Humanity, Interstellar Patrol] (1958) - Christopher Anvil
His long series of stories started here, about agents recruited for their fast and lateral thinking abilities to get out there in the galaxy and solve problems.
Interstellar Patrol - Christopher Anvil
Interstellar Patrol II - Christopher Anvil

The Legion Of Super-Heroes (1958) - Otto Binder
Edmond Hamilton would write a chunk of this. This team of young people, all with different superpowers of some sort continue to have wild space adventures and fight off alien invasions and supercriminals to this day. The Legion do appear in Crisis On Infinite Earths and presumably there will be a Final Crisis book, too. They certainly deserve a novel.

Dorsai! [Childe Cycle] (1959) - Gordon R. Dickson
A series about the splintering of humanity, the Dorsai mercenaries, and a superhuman leader or two, with a varying cast of lead characters that reappear.
Dorsai : 01 Dorsai! - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 02 Necromancer - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 03 Soldier, Ask Not - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 04 Tactics of Mistake - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 07 The Final Encyclopedia - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 08 The Dorsai Companion - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : 09 The Chantry Guild - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : Spirit of Dorsai - Gordon R. Dickson
Dorsai : Soldier, Ask Not [short story] - Gordon R. Dickson

Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] (1959) - Gil Kane
Original 1940s Green Lantern Alan Scott has a magic ring, not one bequeathed upon him by a dying alien that makes him a galaxy-faring space patrolman, as is the case with Hal Jordan, and those that follow after him.
Green Lantern : Hero's Quest - Dennis O'Neil
Green Lantern : 1 Sleepers 1 - Christopher Priest and Mike Baron

Chance Encounter [John Grimes] (1959) - A. Bertram Chandler
The beginning of the large role that Grimes' exploits would play in Chandler's Rim Worlds Future History. There are many novels and stories to be found in this series. A bit of a selection is below.
Chance Encounter - A. Bertram Chandler
Beyond the Galactic Rim - A. Bertram Chandler
Alternate Orbits - A. Bertram Chandler
Catch the Star Winds - A. Bertram Chandler
The Commodore At Sea - A. Bertram Chandler
The Far Traveller - A. Bertram Chandler
Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo - A. Bertram Chandler
The Hard Way Up - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Gods - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Gods - A. Bertram Chandler
The Rim Of Space - A. Bertram Chandler
Space Mercenaries - A. Bertram Chandler

The Lady In the Tower [Tower and the Hive] (1959) - Anne McCaffrey
Space travel requires the use of those with immense psychic abilities.
The Rowan - Anne McCaffrey
Damia - Anne McCaffrey


1960

Diplomat-At-Arms [Jaime Retief] (1960) - Keith Laumer
An action man interstellar diplomat stuck in a Yes Minister style service, with sneaky alien opposition.
Retief! - Keith Laumer

The Fantastic Four (1961) - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
The new Marvel Age arrives with this team of astronaut adventurers getting a dose of too much radiation in space, and becoming a family superteam.

The X-Men (1961) - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
An origin born of radiation, for these mutants. However, in the 1970s the New X-Men would certainly do their share of space adventuring, particularly in The Dark Phoenix Saga and with the space pirate Starjammers. There are many X-Men novels and anthologies. An obvious book to include here is the X-Men/Star Trek crossover novel.
Planet X - Michael Jan Friedman

The Stainless Steel Rat [Stainless Steel Rat] - Harry Harrison
The story that started the long series about interstellar thief Slippery Jim di Griz and his wife, forced to behave and do what they do best, somewhat for good.
Stainless Steel Rat : 01 The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 02 The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 03 The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 04 The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 05 The Stainless Steel Rat for President - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 06 A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 07 The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 08 The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 09 The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : 10 The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus - Harry Harrison
Stainless Steel Rat : The Stainless Steel Rat
Stainless Steel Rat : The Return Of the Stainless Steel Rat


Novice [Hub, Telzey Amberdon] (1962) - James H. Schmitz
Legacy [Hub, Trigger Argee] (1962) - James H. Schmitz
Schmitz's Hub universe contains the adventures of the TnT pair of Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. Whether with psionics or pistols they get the job done, whoever the opponent. Contained most concisely in the various Baen collections.
Hub : Telzey Amberdon - James H. Schmitz
Telzey Amberdon : 2 TNT: Telzey and Trigger - James H. Schimitz
Trigger Argee : 1 Trigger and Friends - James H. Schimitz
Hub : Trigger and Friends 1 Harvest Time [Trigger Argee] - James H. Schmitz

Dune [Paul Atreides, Jessica Atreides, Duncan Idaho] (1963) - Frank Herbert
A planetary romance with space opera scale if you like, given how important Arrakis is to the overall story. One of the best science fiction novels ever, of course, as this tale religiopolitical plotting to breed a superhuman comes undone in spectacularly martial fashion when Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica survive to get the jump on those out to get or use them.
Dune : 01 Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 02 Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert
Dune : 03 Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 04 God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 05 Heretics of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 06 Chapterhouse Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune : 07 House Atreides - Brian Herbert
Dune : 08 House Harkonnen - Brian Herbert
Dune : 09 House Corrino - Brian Herbert
Dune : 10 The Butlerian Jihad - Brian Herbert
Dune : 11 The Machine Crusade - Brian Herbert
Dune : 12 The Battle of Corrin - Brian Herbert
Dune : 13 The Road to Dune - Brian Herbert
Dune : 14 Hunters of Dune - Brian Herbert
Sandworms of Dune - Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Dune : Nightime Shadows on Open Sand - Brian Herbert
Dune : Sea Child
Dune : Treasure In the Sand

The Star King [Demon Princes] (1963) - Jack Vance
A young man's interstellar mission to take down five crimelords, in revenge.
Star King - Jack Vance
The Killing Machine - Jack Vance
The Palace Of Love - Jack Vance
The Face - Jack Vance

Warrior of Llarn [Alan Morgan] (1964) - Gardner Fox
Fox's go at a Burroughs-style Planetary Romance of sword wielding champion and space princess. Would also do plenty of space hero comics work.
Llarn : 1 Warrior of Llarn - Gardner Fox

Doctor Who (1965) - Various
There are heaps. Novelisations, original adventures, short stories, and more.
See Doctor Who Reference Guide
I read quite a few when was a kid but haven't written about them all, and have likely forgotten some.
Doctor Who and the Ark In Space - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment - Ian Marter
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet - Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon - Brian Hayles
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors - Brian Hayles
Doctor Who and the Sea Devils - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon - Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Daemons - Barry Letts
Doctor Who and Warrior's Gate - John Lydecker
Doctor Who Terminus - John Lydecker
Doctor Who Full Circle - Andrew Smith

Warriors Of Mars [Eternal Champion, Warriors Of Mars, Michael Kane] (1965) - Michael Moorcock
Moorcock's take on a John Carter of Mars style story.
City of the Beast [Warriors Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock
The Lord of the Spiders [Blades Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock
Masters of the Pit [Barbarians Of Mars] - Michael Moorcock

Neutron Star [Known Space, Beowful Shaeffer] (1966) - Larry Niven
The stories about a rogue and his dealings with the puppeteers. A dodgy bloke gets into dodgy situations requiring his talents to extricate himself.
N-Space - Larry Niven
Crashlander - Larry Niven

The Silver Surfer (1966) - Jack Kirby.
A man gives up his humanity in order to lead a planet eating being away from his own world and lover, and of course, to Earth and the Fantastic Four.
Silver Surfer : The Ultimate Silver Surfer - Stan Lee

The Goddess Of Ganymede [Ganymede] (1967) - Mike Resnick
This first of two Burroughs-style planetary romances.

Star Trek 1 [Star Trek TOS] (1967) - James Blish
The first of the novelisations of the Trek series. Obviously there are many, many of these books now. I have read more than I can remember way back in the past, and a few of the newer series, too.
Star Trek Log One - Alan Dean Foster
Star Trek The Motion Picture - James Blish
Proud Helios - Melissa Scott

Starwolf [Starwolf, Morgan Chane] [1967] - Edmond Hamilton
Three novels chronicling the adventures of an ex-star raider and superhuman antihero after a falling out with his fellow pirates.
Starwolves and the Interstellar Patrol - Edmond Hamilton

Weyr Search [Dragonriders of Pern, Lessa] (1967) - Anne McCaffrey
A story of the colonisation of a planet and the genetic engineering of the lifeforms there to allow a low-tech society to combat nasty stuff falling from space. Nice to have dragons that are telepathic, teleporting, time travelling firemen and women, really. A series that still continues.
Dragonrider - Anne McCaffrey
Weyr Search - Anne McCaffrey
The White Dragon - Anne McCaffrey
Moreta Dragonlady of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
A Gift Of Dragons - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsinger - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsdawn - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonrider - Anne McCaffrey

The Ship Who Sang [Helva] (1969) - Anne McCaffrey
The story of those are are too crippled for physical existence, but have the brainpower to run a spaceship, and their adventures with their fully human pilot partners.
The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey

Enterprise Stardust [Perry Rhodan] (1969) - K. H. Scheer
This series of German origin and still going obviously has been written by many people due to its frequency. Some of the English language reprints are below. Rhodan was just an astronaut on a space mission from a very troubled Peacelord Perry is on a mission to change the world. He is also the leader of a band of mutant superheroes on a quest through space for immortality, along with his alien allies.
Perry Rhodan : 001 Enterprise Stardust - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 002 The Third Power - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 003 The Radiant Dome - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 004 Twilight of the Gods - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 005 Galactic Alarm - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 006 The Mutant Corps - W. W. Schols
Perry Rhodan : 007 Invasion from Space - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 008 Base on Venus - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 009 The Wasp-Men Attack - W. W. Schols
Perry Rhodan : 010 Space Battle in Vega Sector - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 011 Mutants in Action - Kurt Mahr
Perry Rhodan : 012 Secret of the Time Vault - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 013 Fortress of the Six Moons - K. H. Scheer
Perry Rhodan : 014 The Galactic Riddle - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 015 Quest through Space and Time - Clark Darlton
Perry Rhodan : 016 The Ghosts of Gol - Kurt Mahr

The Winds of Gath - E. C. Tubb
The first of a series of novels detailing the adventures of a lost adventurer with superhuman reflexes and agility trying to get back to Earth.
The Winds of Gath - E. C. Tubb



1970


Ringworld [Ringworld, Known Space, Louis Wu] (1970) - Larry Niven
A puppeteer assembles a disparate group to journey to an amazing structure. Problems, travel, and puzzles await, as do sequels.
Ringworld - Larry Niven
The Ringworld Engineers - Larry Niven
The Ringworld Throne - Larry Niven

Transit To Scorpio [Dray Prescott] (1972) - Kenneth Bulmer
Writing as Alan Burt Akers this is your sword wielding stalwart and space princess planetary romance flavored story. Whether it changes by book 45, only those who have read that far would know.
Dray Prescot : 01 Transit to Scorpio - Kenneth Bulmer

Jandar of Callisto [Callisto] (1972) - Lin Carter
Carter's take on Burroughsian interplanetary adventure.

Galaxy Of the Lost [Cap Kennedy] (1973) - E. C. Tubb
Written under another name, a series about a super space agent.
Enemy Within the Skull - Gregory Kern

Star Wars [Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa] (1976) - Alan Dean Foster
The novelisation of the movie, credited to George Lucas was written by Foster. This of course helped to spawn an industry and a legion of novels. A few of the earlier variety are listed here.
Han Solo At Star's End - Brian Daley
Han Solo And the Lost Legacy - Brian Daley
Han Solo's Revenge - Brian Daley
Splinter Of the Mind's Eye - Alan Dean Foster
Star Wars - Alan Dean Foster
The Empire Strikes Back - Donald F. Glut
Return of the Jedi - James Kahn

Blake's Seven (1977) [Blake's 7] - Trevor Hoyle
Novelisations and a continuation of some of the tv series of rebels trying to bring down an evil federation with the aid of advanced alien ship technolog.
Blake's Seven - Trevor Hoyle
Blake's Seven Scorpio Attack - Trevor Hoyle
Blake's 7 Afterlife - Terry Nation

Midnight At the Well Of Souls [Well World, Nathan Brazil, Mavra Chang] (1977) - Jack L. Chalker
The story of conflict centred on the Well World, and its various caretakers. A place that if you visit, you change form to suit one of the many small enclaves found within. A machine of awesome power, in other words.
Midnight At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
Quest For the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
Exiles At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
The Return of Nathan Brazil - Jack L. Chalker
Twilight At the Well Of Souls - Jack L. Chalker

Vicinity Cluster [Cluster] (1977) - Piers Anthony
A series about interstellar agents who travel thanks to their extremely strong Kirlian auras, enabling them to take over the minds of locals when they have problems to fix.
Vicinity Cluster - Piers Anthony
Chaining the Lady - Piers Anthony
Kirlian Quest - Piers Anthony
Thousandstar - Piers Anthony
Viscous Circle - Piers Anthony

Battlestar Galactica [Battlestar Galactica] (1978) - Glen A. Larson
Novelisation of the start of the original mormons, space vipers and robot dogs story.
Battlestar Galactica - Glen A. Larson

Strontium Dog (1978) - John Wagner
A creation that moved to 2000 AD. After a nuclear war, with lots of people wiped out, mutants arrive, and endure racism. They are allowed to be intergalactic bounty hunters - which is where we find Johnny Alpha and his superhuman band.
Strontium Dog : 1 Bad Timing - Rebecca Levene
Strontium Dog : 5 A Fistful of Strontium - Steve Lyons and Jaspre Bark

Lord Valentine's Castle [Majipoor, Valentine] (1979) - Robert Silverberg
A return for Silverberg, and the start of a long running series that would expand into book form, as the amnesiac apprentice juggler Valentine discovers his destiny and a shapeshifting alien plot in this science fantasy.
Lord Valentine's Castle - Robert Silverberg
The Majipoor Chronicles - Robert Silverberg
Valentine Pontifex - Robert Silverberg



1980

Serpent's Reach [Alliance-Union] (1981) - C. J. Cherryh
I am not familiar with Cherryh, but I will not there is a Chanur series, so presumably the character in these stories is of interest, for multiple appearances.
Hellburner - C. J. Cherryh

Santiago [Birthright, Santiago] (1982) - Mike Resnick
Looking at who is a hero, and who is a bad guy depends on which side you are on.
Santiago : 1 Santiago A Myth of the Far Future - Mike Resnick

Crisis On Infinite Earths [DC Universe] (1985) - Marv Wolfman
This conflict between the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor spans the full range of space, time, and the multiverse, and everybody in the DC Universe, including the major characters, and even continues now. There are novelisations of both of the completed series so far.
DC Universe : Crisis On Infinite Earths - Marv Wolfman
DC Universe : Infinite Crisis - Greg Cox
DC Universe : 1 Last Sons - Alan Grant

Five Twelfths Of Heaven [Silence Leigh] (1985) - This strange combination of space pirate rebels and logical magical space travel continued into trilogy form.

The Blackcollar [Blackcollar] (1986) - Timothy Zahn
A group of elite warriors are the only hope for Earth's conquered future, if they even exist any more.
The Blackcollar - Timothy Zahn

The Borders Of Infinity [Miles Vorkosigan] (1987) - Lois McMaster Bujold
A young man crippled thanks to a poisoning in the womb turns out to be your military space genius hero type in this romance flavored series.
Borders Of Infinity - Lois McMaster Bujold
Brothers In Arms - Lois McMaster Bujold
Ethan of Athos - Lois McMaster Bujold
Labyrinth - Lois McMaster Bujold
Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warrior's Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold

Consider Phlebas [1987] - Iain M. Banks
Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks

Dawn For A Distant Earth [Forever Hero] (1987) - L. E. Modesitt
A more than human extremely long lived man devotes a lot of time and work to getting the Galactics to restore a ravaged Earth.
Forever Hero : 1 Dawn For a Distant Earth - L. E. Modesitt
Forever Hero : 2 The Silent Warrior - L. E. Modesitt
Forever Hero : 3 The Endless Twilight - L. E. Modesitt

Four Hundred Billion Stars [Four Hundred Billion Stars, Dorothy Yoshida] (1987) - Paul J. McAuley
A talented telepath investigates and uncovers.
Four Hundred Billion Stars - Paul J. McAuley
Eternal Light - Paul J. McAuley

The Secret Of the Lona [Dr Bones] (1988) - Stephen Leigh
An eighties take on a space hero series, written by multiple authors. An archaeologist scientist type more in the Doc Savage/Indiana Jones vein.
Dr Bones : 5 Nightmare World - David Stern

A Talent For War [Alex Benedict] (1989) - Jack McDevitt
A story of uncovering past war propaganda and leadership.
A Talent For War - Jack McDevitt



1990

Calendar of Chaos [Hartigan O'Reilly] (1991) - G. David Nordley
A couple more stories after this, haven't found any yet.
Poles Apart [Trimus] (1992) - G. David Nordley
Likewise, there are two more of these.
Poles Apart - G. David Nordley

Oracle [Birthright, Oracle] - Mike Resnick
A young woman with mental powers, those out to get or use her, and her protectors appear in a trilogy.
Oracle : 1 Soothsayer - Mike Resnick
Oracle : 2 Oracle - Mike Resnick
Oracle : 3 Prophet - Mike Resnick

On Basilisk Station [Honor Harrington] (1993) - David Weber
Your naval battles in space type story as a new officer gets the political shaft and with a crew of misfits and untested gear turns the tables on such attempts at skullduggery, then goes on to star in a whole heap of sequels and the odd prequel.
Ms Midshipwoman Harrington - David Weber
On Basilisk Station - David Weber
Field of Dishonor - David Weber
Flag In Exile - David Weber
The Honor Of the Queen - David Weber
The Short Victorious War - David Weber

Hunting Party [Familias Regnant, Herris Serrano] (1993) - Elizabeth Moon
Your military SF space marine type of protagonist to be found here. Haven't read them, but the spousal unit vouches for the first series.

Sister Alice [Sister Alice] (1993) - Robert Reed
The conflicts between families and within of posthumans with staggering powers, and the affects upon the galaxy and the normal human populace.
Sister Alice - Robert Reed

Light and Shadow [Skolian Empire] (1994) - Catherine Asaro
Asaro deliberately melds SF and romance, as such, I am likely to read little of it, but have seen a couple of stories. Major characters, etc., I couldn't tell you. Anyone else, feel free.
The Ruby Dice - Catherine Asaro
Aurora In Four Voices - Catherine Asaro

The Remoras [Marrow] (1994) - Robert Reed
The adventures on a Great Ship while travelling the Galaxy, and the strange long-lived inhabitants, including one woman who remembers what it was like to be pretty basic, back on Earth.
Marrow - Robert Reed
The Remoras - Robert Reed
Night Of Time - Robert Reed
River Of the Queen - Robert Reed
Camouflage - Robert Reed
Hoop-of-Benzene - Robert Reed
The Caldera of Good Fortune - Robert Reed
The Man With the Golden Balloon - Robert Reed


The Engines Of God [Priscilla Hutchins] (1994) - Jack McDevitt
Bored space pilot Hutch ends up specialising in rescuing interstellar exploration teams, over more mundane work.
The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt
Chindi - Jack McDevitt
Deepsix - Jack McDevitt
Odyssey - Jack McDevitt
Omega Hedgehogs - Jack McDevitt

Deathstalker [Deathstalker] (1995) - Simon R. Green
The titular character is a more than human warrior and rich guy, and puts together a group of (and is put together by a group of) crazed colorful characters to oppose your Evil Galactic Empire. Green is good at making up the outre, and I was joking with the spousal unit that robot space zombies would make a fun story. Green, of course, had some already.
Deathstalker : 3 Deathstalker Rebellion - Simon R. Green

Voices [Babylon 5] (1995) - John Vornholt
The first of five original Babylon 5 novels. There would be some more series following later about Psi-Cops, Technomages, etc.
Voices - John Vornholt
Accusations - Lois Tilton
Blood Oath - John Vornholt
Clarke's Law - Jim Mortimore
The Touch Of Your Shadow the Whisper of Your Name - Neal Barrett

The Reality Dysfunction [Confederation, Joshua Calvert, Ione Saldana] (1996) - Peter F. Hamilton
Hamilton's Confederation Universe appeared in a short story earlier on, but the main event was the Night's Dawn trilogy, with the roguish young Teelaesque space captain, and his version of a space princess. Then add in the dead coming back and trying to take over the universe, because being dead sucks quite a lot.
The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton
The Neutronium Alchemist - Peter F. Hamilton
The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton
A Second Chance At Eden - Peter F. Hamilton

Stargate SG-1 [Stargate SG-1] - Ashley McDonnell
Novels are still being produced, the first is a novelisation of the pilot.

The Prodigal Sun [Evergence, Morgan] (1999)- Sean Williams and Shane Dix
Morgan is a woman with a serious talent for AI work. When she finds out why, all she has to do is choose which species of human lives, and which dies.
Evergence : 1 The Prodigal Sun - Sean Williams
Evergence : 2 The Dying Light - Sean Williams
Evergence : 3 The Dark Imbalance - Sean Williams




2000

The Boid Hunt [Coyote] - (2000)
Will become part of the fixup Coyote, chronicling the lives of a group of colonists that steal the starship Alabama to escape a fascist USA and settle on another planet. The major characters being Captain Robert E. Lee, Wendy Gunther, and Carlos Moreno, a resistance leader in later work when their old friends from Earth come calling. The third Coyote collection is Coyote Frontier.
Coyote - Allen M. Steele
Coyote Rising - Allen M. Steele

Great Wall Of Mars [Revelation Space, Neville Clavain] (2000) - Alastair Reyonlds
The major feature character in Reynolds' Revelation Space Universe appears first in this pick sides, bad escape choices with the superhuman girl story. Other characters appear multiple times.
Great Wall of Mars - Alastair Reynolds
Glacial - Alastair Reynolds
Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
Absolution Gap - Alastair Reynolds
Other material starts with : Dilation Sleep [Revelation Space] (1990) - Alastair Reynolds. This is in the Galactic North collection.
An appearance in Interzone likely missed by almost all of us that heralded the appearance of the pre-eminent master of the space opera. Although a character here may reappear, most definitely not of the heroic variety. The Revelation Space setting is worthy of note, itself, however.
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days - Alastair Reynolds
Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds

Paradox [Nulapeiron, Tom Corcoran] (2000) - John Meaney
A literally physically stratified society, as well as on a class level is changed when a young poor boy is found to have intellectual gifts, as is given a gift to hide by a dying Mu-Space pilot.
Paradox - John Meaney
Context - John Meaney
Resolution - John Meaney

House Of Cards [Farscape] - Keith R. A. DeCandido
A novel based on the tv series. There are others, and short stories.

Chains Of Freedom [Chains, RJ] (2001) - Selina Rosen
A geneticall enhanced woman builds a rebel army to take on a galactic empire.
Chains Of Freedom - Selina Rosen

Crossover [Cassandra Kresnov] (2001) - Joel Shepherd
An advanced android defects because she is sick of fighting, and just wants a normal life with shagging and spicy takeaway. Not to be, as her military masters want her back, and she ends up with an important position. Spies and space fleets are out to get her.
Crossover - Joel Shepherd
Breakaway - Joel Shepherd
Killswitch - Joel Shepherd

Gridlinked [Polity, Ian Cormac] (2001) - Neal Asher
A New Space Opera take on the intergalactic super agent. Ian Cormac has robot sidekicks, unlike Dominic Flandry or Perry Rhodan. He does have his own developing super powers in this grows into conspiracy of AI overlords series.
Cormac : 1 Gridlinked - Neal Asher
Cormac : 2 The Line of Polity
Cormac : 3 Brass Man - Neal Asher
Cormac : 4 Polity Agent - Neal Asher
Cormac : 5 Line War - Neal Asher

The Golden Age [Golden Age] (2002) - John C. Wright
A very far future story of rebellion against the conservative forces of the day. Including his dad. With plenty of odd posthumanity and wild technology.
The Golden Age - John C. Wright
The Phoenix Exultant - John C. Wright
The Golden Transcendence - John C. Wright

The Risen Empire [Succession] (2003) - Scott Westerfeld
A little of the Warhammer flavour here I suppose, as dead people still hang around, and a ship captain decides to break with tradition and discovers that something is rotten at the heart of this living zombie empire.
The Killing of Worlds - Scott Westerfeld
The Risen Empire - Scott Westerfeld

Red Thunder [Red Thunder] (2003) - John Varley
Varley goes all retro-Heinlein as a group of young people, a past it astronaut and a broken genius cobble together a spaceship.
Red Thunder - John Varley

Singularity Sky [Singularity Sky, Rachel Mansour] (2003) - Charles Stross
An agent of a powerful AI is sent to investigate rulebreaking on a restrictive planet, when a visit by those with the gift of replicating technology throws a spanner in the works.
Singularity Sky - Charles Stross
Iron Sunrise - Charles Stross

Hammered [Jenny Casey] (2004) - Elizabeth Bear
A veteran soldier gets mixed up with the AI and starships crowd, as well as Earth politics.
Hammered - Elizabeth Bear
Scardown - Elizabeth Bear
Worldwired - Elizabeth Bear

Old Man's War [Old Man's War, John Perry, Jane Sagan] (2005) - John Scalzi
Scalzi joined Varley in a bit of retro-Heinleining with a bit more Haldemaning than the former, but this time of the adult military variety, not the young people do cool stuff strain. Here, the septuagenarian protagonist signs up to become a rejuvenated, transplanted, sexed-up, lean, mean, green killing machine in an interstellar war. Or more likely, chopped green laser cannon fodder.
The Sagan Diary - John Scalzi
Old Man's War - John Scalzi
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
The Last Colony - John Scalzi

Starship Mutiny [Starship, Wilson Cole] (2005) - Mike Resnick
A military officer is so peeved with his by the book ineffective superiors, he goes rogue, and takes with him the square peg crew he was assigned to be in charge of for earlier misdemeanours.
Starship Mutiny - Mike Resnick
Starship Pirate - Mike Resnick

Battlestar Galactica [Battlestar Galactica New] (2006) - Jeffrey A. Carvern
The first of the new novelisations of the tv series.

Pandora's Star [Confederation, Paula Myo] (2006) - Peter F. Hamilton
Hamilton would be back with another series after some standalones, that is still continuing in short stories and novels. Rather than horror, we have an alien infiltration plot as space detective Myo looks into the lawbreaking activities of a group of rebels trying to raise awareness about the problem. The Dreaming Void jumps this Future History 1000 or so years ahead into another scenario.
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
Pandora's Star - Peter F. Hamilton
The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton

Crystal Rain [Pepper] (2006) - Tobias S. Buckell
A planetary adventure story of Aztecs and with a Carribean flavour turns into a space opera of alien overlords, interstellar trainline type travel, and your superpowered warrior type in Pepper, who seems to be the link between the novels and short stories set in this universe, in general.
Crystal Rain - Tobias S. Buckell
Ragamuffin - Tobias S. Buckell
Resistance - Tobias S. Buckell

The Sky People [Lords Of Creation] (2006) - S. M. Stirling
The main pair from the above novel cameo in the second, as Stirling provides an excellent update on the inhabited and livable solar system planetary romance, first Venus, then Mars. Plus dinosaurs on Venus. Plus Chessmen on Mars. You get the idea. :)
Lords Of Creation : 1 The Sky People - S. M. Stirling
Lords Of Creation : 2 In the Court Of the Crimson Kings - S. M. Stirling

Sun Of Suns [Virga, Venera Fanning] (2005) - Karl Schroeder
Schroeder produces his own sort-of-planetary romance, or mini planet romance, of towns surrounding artificial suns, with skyships, speeder bikes, spies and swords. The story continues into a third book, with changing protagonists.
Sun Of Suns - Karl Schroeder
Queen Of Candesce - Karl Schroeder


APPENDICES

Series just beginning that may be of interest

Sentients Of Orion - Marianne de Pierres
The Entire and the Rose - Kay Kenyon
Astropolis - Sean Williams
John Hamilton - Paul Cornell

Others of possible interest

The Rest Of the Technic History - Poul Anderson
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Xeelee sequence - Stephen Baxter
The Eon Series - Greg Bear
Great Sky River et. al. - Gregory Benford
The Uplift Sequence - David Brin
The Black Star Passes et. al. - John W. Campbell
Viagens Interplanetarias - L. Sprague de Camp
Schild's Ladder - Greg Egan
The Forever War et. al. - Joe Haldeman
Future History - Robert A. Heinlein
Ekumen stuff - Ursula K. Le Guin
Engines Of Light - Ken MacLeod
The Fall Revolution - Ken MacLeod
Galactic Milieu - Julian May
Confluence Series - Paul J. McAuley
Heechee stories - Frederik Pohl
SF stories - R. Garcia y Robertson (see http://notfreesflist.blogspot.com for list)
Berserker Series - Fred Saberhagen
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Shaper/Mechanist - Bruce Sterling
Accelerando - Charles Stross
Titan trilogy - John Varley
The Snow Queen et. al. - Joan D. Vinge
Zones Of Thought - Vernor Vinge
Orphans Of Earth - Sean Williams and Shane Dix


References

The Space Opera Renaissance - David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
The Good Old Stuff - Gardner Dozois
The Good New Stuff - Gardner Dozois
Planet Stories - Erik Mona
Super Reader - Blue Tyson

Author bibliographies
Kevin J. Anderson
Poul Anderson
Piers Anthony
Christopher Anvil
Catherine Asaro
Neal Asher
Isaac Asimov
Iain M. Banks
Stephen Baxter
Elizabeth Bear
James Blish
Leigh Brackett
Tobias S. Buckell
Lois McMaster Bujold
Kenneth Bulmer
Edgar Rice Burroughs
John W. Campbell
Lin Carter
Jeffrey A. Carver
Jack L. Chalker
A. Bertram Chandler
C. J. Cherryh
Clark Darlton
Keith R. A. De Candido
Gordon R. Dickson
Shane Dix
Alan Dean Foster
Gardner Fox
Simon R. Green
George Griffith
Edmond Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton

Harry Harrison
?Robert A. Heinlein
Brian Herbert
Frank Herbert
Robert E. Howard
Trevor Hoyle
Glen A. Larson
Keith Laumer
Stan Lee
Murray Leinster
Rebecca Levene
Steve Lyons
Elliot S. Maggin
Kurt Mahr
Paul J. McAuley
Anne McCaffrey
Jack McDevitt
John Meaney
L. E Modesitt, Jr.
Elizabeth Moon
Michael Moorcock
C. L. Moore
Larry Niven
G. David Nordley
Andre Norton
Alex Raymond
Dennis O'Neil
Robert Reed
Mike Resnick
Alastair Reynolds
Selina Rosen
John Scalzi
K. H. Scheer
James H. Schmitz
Karl Schroeder
Melissa Scott
Joel Shepherd
Robert Silverberg
Cordwainer Smith
E. E. Doc Smith
Allen M. Steele
Bruce Sterling
S. M. Stirling
Charles Stross
Lois Tilton
E. C. Tubb
A. E. Van_Vogt
Jack Vance
John Varley
John Vornholt
David Weber
Scott Westerfeld
Sean Williams
Jack Williamson
Marv Wolfman
John C. Wright

Timothy Zahn