Deathstalker Space Opera

Back in the 1990's I read the Deathstalker series by Simon R Green.  There is also a prequel series and a sequel series as well. 

It is a classic Space Opera that takes place in a vast Empire led by a evil Empress with lots of different aliens. It is one of the most entertaining scifi series I have ever read.  It is not a serious Science Fiction series, but taking the best of space opera to the extreme.  It starts fast and never slows down.  Each character is larger than life with unbelievable battle skills. 

What makes it perfect sword and laser is that the the "laser" guns are powered by energy cells that need 2 mins to recharge (why is discussed in first book).  So one shot then you must fight with swords.  But this is only the beginning.


There are 3 types of enhanced soldiers (Wolflings (part man/part wolf), Haden Men (Cyborgs) and Dead humans with artificial blood (not zombies), large starships & space battles, Clones, ELF's (ESP'er Liberation Front), battle drugs, deadly aliens, deadly plants, deadly planets, a deadly Arena, and it goes on and on and on and on.  I can not express enough the insanity of this series.  It is so much fun!

I suggest starting with the Deathstalker series first, and then if you want some more background on a few characters, read the prequels.  And if you still love it and can't get enough (like me), then read the sequel series.

Prequel Series Twilight of the Empire:
    Mistworld (1992)
    Ghostworld (1993)
    Hellworld (1993)

Deathstalker Series:
    Deathstalker (1995)
    Deathstalker Rebellion (1996)
    Deathstalker War (1997)
    Deathstalker Honour (1998)
    Deathstalker Destiny (1999)

Sequel Series:
    Deathstalker Legacy (2002)
    Deathstalker Return (2004)
    Deathstalker Coda (2005)

Once you have read the series, yes, the name of my website is taken from these books.  Have fun!

Why Book Publishers are Morons

Yesterday was supposed to be a great day.  My favorite author, Alastair Reynolds, new book "Terminal World" was released.   I hopped onto the internets and searched for the eBook on, B&,,, etc... trying to find to purchase and read.  Please, someone, take my money!  But everysite only had the hardback version.

My next stop was Google.  I searched and what did I find?  The third listing showed it at Amazon.

And 3 of the top 7 results are for Torrents!  When I went to the Amazon listing, I got the following:

 Good job publishers.  I am one of the authors biggest fans, will pay whatever is asked for the novel in eBook form, it is available in other countries, but not the US, and my only recourse is BITTORRENT!  Fine, don't take my money.  Morons.

Pushing Ice

Every once in a while I come across a Science Fiction or Fantasy book with a tale that sticks with me far beyond the norm.  Usually I am not even aware of it until some time has passed.  It was this way with Alastair Reynolds book "Pushing Ice".  It has been over 3 years since I have read it and it still resonates with me.  I am typically a series reader for the depth and breath of epics novels versus a stand alone book reader, and Pushing Ice happens to be a stand alone book.

In all fairness, I love everything by Alastair Reynolds, and feel the Revelation Space universe is once of the best ever written.  However, Pushing Ice is an independent book outside of his normal writings, and yet, is written in such a way that is is as grand, vast and epic in scope as all of the Revelation Space series.  And that feat in one book is why this tale still stays with me.

The book starts out far in the future, and to explain the genesis of this future, it goes back to early in human space exploration when we are still within our own solar system.  It is here on Rockhopper, which is a spaceship that mines ice, that the real story begins.  While the Rockhopper is mining ice, one of Saturn's moons leaves orbit and heads out of the system.   Rockhopper is the closest ship to investigate and begins to pursue the moon towards the edge of our system....

I will not go further as I do not want to spoil the book for any who have not read.

The book has great character development and really explores human interactions and psychological issues under many types of situations.  And the vastness of the story in regards to time and space is very unexpected and how it deals with things that are sometimes difficult it imagine or grasp is excellent.  It left me wanting more from this universe, but well satisfied.

The Saga of the Seven Suns

One of the funnest Science Fiction series I have read in a long time is The Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J Anderson.  I has all of the vastness and energy of a true Space Opera.  It has lovable hero's and easy to hate villains.  I highly recommend it if you want to dive into a seven book series with lots of twists and turns.  It is a great ride (read)!

Favorite SciFi and Fantasy Books

Recently,  the SF Signal posted a blog post on which Sci Fi books make up a perfect library.  While that is a tall order and up to much discussion, I thought I would give my "must reads" based upon what I have read and liked.  It is my opinion alone.

Since most of what I read are "series" or multiple volume books, I am keeping it to this vs. stand alone books.

Here are my Science Fiction Series: (In no particular order)

  • Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
  • Saga of Pliocene Exile - Julian May
  • Honor Harrington Series - David Weber
  • Deathstalker Series - Simon R Green
  • The Demon Princes -Jack Vance
  • Dorsai/Childe Cycle - Gordon R Dickson
  • Old Man's War series - John Scalzi
  • Foundation/Galactic Empire/Robot Series - Issac Asimov
  • Dune Series - Frank Herbert
  • Dragonriders of Pern Series - Anne McCaffrey
  • Vorkosigan Saga/Adventures - Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Saga of the Skolian Empire - Catherine Asaro
  • Heechee Saga - Frederik Pohl
  • Ringworld Saga - Larry Niven
  • Rama Series - Arthur C Clarke
  • Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
  • Sunset Warrior Series - Eric Van Lustabader
  • Lensman Series - EE Doc Smith
  • Faded Sun Trilogy - CH Cherryh

Here are my Fantasy Series: (In no particular order)

  • Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  • Earthsea Trilogy/Cycle - Ursula K LeGuin
  • The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordon
  • Sword of Truth - Terry Goodkind
  • A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
  • Elric Saga - Michael Moorcock
  • Xanth Series - Anthony Piers
  • Shannara Series - Terry Brooks
  • Lynoneese Series - Jack Vance
  • Deryni Series - Katherine Kurtz
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams
  • Belgariad & Mallorean Series - David Eddings
  • Thomas Covenant Chronicals - Stephen R Donaldson
  • Chronicals of Narnia - CS Lewis
  • Horseclans - Robert Adams

I have to mention one more author with loosely connected books, Robert Heinlein. You can not miss with Heinlein.

There are many many more I love, but I tried to limit to under 20 for both.  I would provide this list to any who are interested in starting down a SciFi or Fantasy path.  As you can see from my list, there is one author on both lists - Jack Vance.

What are the series you love?