Short works

Books : reviews

James S. A. Corey.
Leviathan Wakes.
Orbit. 2011

James S. A. Corey.
Caliban's War.
Orbit. 2012

James S. A. Corey.
Abaddon's Gate.
Orbit. 2013

For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its programme under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus’s orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless space beyond.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding – with Holden’s destruction at its core.

James S. A. Corey.
Cibola Burn.
Orbit. 2014

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity’s home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast hew frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.

James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fall.

James S. A. Corey.
Nemesis Games.
Orbit. 2015

James S. A. Corey.
Babylon's Ashes.
Orbit. 2016

Fires in the dark

The Free Navy has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. As the chaos grows, the crew of the Rocinante must undertake a desperate mission to Medina station.

But in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.