Behind the Lines by Chris Fox (Ganog Wars Book 1)

Behind the Lines CoverBehind the Lines is the first book in a sequel trilogy to indie military science fiction author Chris Fox’s Void Wraith trilogy. In this book, the new Coalition of the three races featured in the Void Wraith trilogy attempt to find the rest of the Gorthians (the main enemy of the previous trilogy). In doing so, Nolan and his crew stumble upon a new hostile race, and become stranded on one of their planets. The book details their attempt to survive and escape.

I was hesitant to pick this book up, because I had greatly enjoyed the first book of Chris Fox’s previous trilogy (review here), but hadn’t enjoyed the other two books (review here). It was impossible to know where this book would fall between those extremes, so I hesitated; in the end, it was the curiosity to know where this book lay between those two extremes that made me pick this book up.

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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine, written by H.G. Wells in 1895, is one of the biggest classics in science fiction. Indeed, the term ‘time machine’ itself was coined originally by Wells, and Wells is often considered to be one of the grandfathers of science fiction. This novella tells the story of an inventor who invents a time machine and travels to the distant future.

Being such a huge classic within the genre, it is hard to read The Time Machine without being actively aware of its classic status. Indeed, my decision to read it now was due to my interest in becoming more familiar with the biggest names in the science fiction canon. I think this intense awareness of its status is both because of how notable the story is for the genre, but also because many elements of the novella are distinctly and strongly of its time.

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The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

WordWorldForest CoverUrsula K. Le Guin is, of course, an absolute legend within science fiction, and I have yet to find a book of hers that wasn’t at least great. That includes The Word for World is Forest (WWF), which tells the story of Terran’s attempt to run a lumber colony on the world of the Athsheans. This novella, first published in 1976 during the Vietnam War, forms a part of Le Guin’s Hainish novels.

Le Guin’s success in her art rests primarily on her mastery over three areas: world-building, writing, and ideological/thematic exploration. I will thus investigate each of those elements as they relate to WWF.

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Void Wraith and Eradication by Chris Fox (Void Wraith Books 2-3)

Void Wraith CoverEradication CoverVoid Wraith and Eradication are the second and third books in indie author Chris Fox’s military science fiction trilogy beginning with Destroyer (review of which can be found here). These books continue the story of Nolan’s and the 14th fleet’s attempts to deal with the Void Wraith invasion.

I’ve decided to review these two books together, because the points I want to raise are essentially the same for both of them. The only difference between the two books is the degree to which those points apply to them.

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Destroyer by Chris Fox (Void Wraith Book 1)

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Destroyer is the first book in indie author Chris Fox’s military science fiction trilogy Void Wraith. It tells the story of Captain Nolan, who is sent to the lowly 14th fleet as a form of punishment in mysterious circumstances. As part of the 14th fleet, Nolan learns of a mysterious new threat and must, along with his crew, find out everything that they can of this new threat, all the while navigating the complicated relations they have to the other known races (the Tigris and the Primo) with little backing from their own government.

Brandon Sanderson once differentiated between his steak dinner and his burger-and-fries novels. Using this same broad categorisation, Fox’s Destroyer falls safely and completely in the latter category. This is not, of course, a bad thing: both categories have their places and neither is inherently better than the other. However, any potential reader of Fox’s series should keep in mind that the series is not driven by complex and sprawling plots, nor in-depth character studies, but simply the pursuit of some simple and fun action.

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