Thoughts and Comments on Books

As I've been working my way back through my collection of books, I keep coming across stories that I've found inspirational and/or good source material for Roleplaying Games or Science Fiction wargames over the years. In my opinion, these are well-written books, and well-told stories, and are a pleasure to read, even if you don't wargame or roleplay. The few books I've posted negative comments about still contain great ideas and if my pleasure has been reduced in reading them, the ideas still linger long after the book is returned to the shelf.

Click on a cover for notes and comments.

Thanks to Berka at The Zhodani Base for the background nebula on this page.


In memory of Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE
16 December 1917 - 19 March 2008
Author of, amongst others, Rendezvous with Rama, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Fountains of Paradise
In memory of Philip José Farmer
26 January 1918 - 25 February 2009
Author of, amongst others, The Riverworld Series, and Dayworld

Cover of 'Cities in Flight' - Avon Edition 1982
Cities in Flight

Cover of 'Mission to the Heart Stars' - Granada Edition 1980
Mission to the Heart Stars

Cover of 'Sundiver' - Orbit Edition 1996

Cover of 'Startide Rising' - Orbit Edition 1997
Startide Rising

Cover of 'The Uplift War' - Orbit Edition 1996
The Uplift War

Cover of 'Privateer' - HarperCollins Edition 1996

Ender's Game' - Arrow Books Edition 1985
Ender's Game

Cover of 'The Rim of Space' - Sphere Edition 1981
The Rim of Space

Cover of 'Merchanter's Luck' - Methuen Edition 1984
Merchanter's Luck

Cover of 'Finity's End' - Warner Books Edition 1997
Finity's End

Cover of 'Tripoint' - Hodder & Stoughton Edition 1995

Cover of 'The Fountains of Paradise' - Book Club Associates Edition 1979
The Fountains of Paradise

Cover of 'Neuromancer' - Ace Edition 1986

Cover of 'The Long Habit of Living' - New English Library Edition 1989
The Long Habit of Living

Cover of 'The Forever War' - Ballantine Books Edition 1976
The Forever War

Cover of 'A Quantum Murder' - Pan Edition 1996
A Quantum Murder

Cover of 'The Nano Flower' - Pan Edition 1995
The Nano Flower

Cover of 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' - New English Library Edition 1989
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Cover of 'Farnham's Freehold' - Orbit 1991
Farnham's Freehold

Cover of 'The Jesus Incident' - Victor Gollancz 1979
The Jesus Incident

Cover of 'Perseus Spur' - HarperCollins Edition 1998
Perseus Spur

Cover of 'Orion Arm' - Voyager Edition 1999
Orion Arm

Cover of 'Sagittarius Whorl' - Voyager Edition 2001
Sagittarius Whorl

Cover of 'The Mote in God's Eye' - Orbit Edition 1981
The Mote in God's Eye

Cover of 'The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye' - HarperCollins Edition 1993
The Moat Around Murcheson's Eye

Cover of 'Protector' - Futura Edition 1974

Cover of 'A Gift from Earth' - Futura Edition 1978
A Gift from Earth

Cover of 'Gunpowder God' - Sphere Edition 1978
Gunpowder God

Cover of 'Space Viking' - Ace Edition 1980
Space Viking

Cover of 'The Space Merchants' - Penguin Edition 1965
The Space Merchants

Cover of 'Santiago' - Arrow Edition 1986

Cover of 'Lord of Light' - Panther Edition 1977
Lord of Light
Thanks to Berka at The Zhodani Base for the background nebula on this page.