Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Most of Phyllis Gotlieb’s novels are set in her Galaxy Federation (GalFed) universe. Here they are. Starcats A Judgment of Dragons 1980 -> 4.5/5 Emperor, Swords, Pentacles 1982 -> 4.5/5 The Kingdom of the Cats 1985 Sven Dahlgren O Master Caliban! 1976 Heart of Red Iron 1989 Lyhhrt Flesh and Gold 1998 -> 4.5/5 Violent […]

Emperor, Swords, Pentacles

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Sometimes he scented small animals, but they did not run in fear because none on this world recognized the smell of Predatory Cat.  He ran uphill over stones and downhill through rank grass with the savage joy of the marauding Hillsman, fear for Emerald compressed to a small knot in his belly, and the […]

A Judgment of Dragons

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “He dealt food supplies and gave medical attention when requested to all comers among the world’s million and a quarter inhabitants: big red cats, leopard-sized and -shaped; nearly half, mostly female, were telepathic… No one thanked the suppliers. GalFed had plenty of use for half a million telepaths, and one day payment would fall […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{5/5} “Dani Cumali was murdered by a professional hit woman. A firm called Faircloud Associates have bought a discretion clause to close the case. Dani’s phone, the one that was registered to her, has been lost by the police. You were one of three people called from this device, which neither the killer nor the […]

Reading for the future

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s a post David Brin wrote on his blog about a concept he has about passing the love of science fiction literature on to the next generation: Reach out to teachers and give them good reasons why they should teach science fiction in their classroom. He points out that it was very successful in the […]

Carve the Sky

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Most past antiquarian organizations have consisted of crabbed and constipated men poring over dusty manuscripts in obsolete alphabets and dreaming of times when antiquarians were respected. The Academia is a different matter altogether. They affect to study the human race, but actually feel responsible for its destiny.” Carve the Sky by Alexander Jablokov, published […]

The Practice Effect

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Deacon Hoss’k had made such a consistent and logical case! The wizard’s people must have used ruthless means to accomplish such wonders… especially to freeze the state of practice in each of these amazing tools. The lives of many of the equivalent of the L’Toff in Dennis Nuel’s homeland must have been sacrificed so […]

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (season 2)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “In the mystery and vastness of space, we might not just satisfy our curiosity, our need for exploration, but that in it we might each also find salvation.” — Una Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2, aired in 2023 While the Enterprise is in spacedock, Captain Pike leaves to find a laywer for […]


Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “You can’t gestate a baby in lunar gravity — it leads to birth defects. And you can’t raise a baby here, anyway. It’s terrible for bone and muscle development. When I moved here I was six years old — that was the minimum age for residency back then. Since then they’ve bumped it up […]

Star Trek: SNW — The High Country

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Pike did his best to respond to Cyrus like an out-of-towner and not an offworlder, but he couldn’t help but be fascinated by this long-lost twin culture, separated at birth and by four hundred very different years. The town’s infrastructure was the work of volunteers using donated goods. Want, when it existed, lasted only […]