I review nonfiction works in astronomy, history of science, and history of astronomy as well as works of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy, with reviews published in Strange Horizons and Black Gate as well as elsewhere). You can find some of my reviews posted regularly on my blog.
Please contact me if you have work you would like reviewed. Note that I’m a bit old-fashioned in that I do not read electronic copy on devices. I spend a good portion of my life in front of a screen, and I prefer to do my reading on paper.
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Rebekah Higgitt, Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal in JHA 47 (4): 443–44.
William Sheehan and Christopher Conselice, Galactic Encounters: Our Majestic and Evolving Star-System, From the Big Bang to Time’s End in Journal for the History of Astronomy, in JHA 46 (4): 497–98.
Charles Mollan, ed., William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse: Astronomy and the Castle in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, in JHA 46 (3): 381–82.
ISIS (journal of the History of Science Society)
(with Michael Crowe) Michael Hoskin, Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel, in Isis 102 (2011): 780–1.
The Planetarian (journal of the International Planetarium Association)
Steve Fentress, Sky to Space: Astronomy Beyond the Basics with Comparisons, Ratios and Proportions (Sep. 2018)
William H. Waller, The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide (Sep. 2016)
Athena Coustenis and Thérèse Encrenaz, Life Beyond Earth (Mar. 2016)
Thomas Hamilton, Dwarf Planets and Asteroids: Minors Bodies of the Solar System (Sep. 2015)
Thérèse Encrenaz, Planets: Ours and Others: From Earth to Exoplanets (Sep. 2015)
James Lequeux, Birth, Evolution, and Death of Stars (Sep. 2015)
James Mullaney & Wil Tirion, The Cambridge Double Star Atlas (Sep. 2009)
Helge S. Kragh, Conceptions of Cosmos: A History of Cosmology (June 2008)
Nick Kanas, Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Sep. 2008)
Nachum Dershowitz & Edward M. Reingold, Calendrical Calculations (Dec. 2008)
“The Book of Koli, by M. R. Carey,” (November 9, 2020)
“Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, edited by Rachel Plummer and Russell Jones,” (March 16, 2020)
“Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin,” (January 27, 2020)
“The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow,” (January 13, 2020)
“Places in the Darkness, by Chris Brookmyre,” (January 14, 2019)
“Starlings, by Jo Walton,” (July 9, 2018)
“Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams,” (February 19, 2018)
“Wicked Wonders, by Ellen Klages,” (September 11, 2017)
“ODY-C: Cycle One, by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward,” (March 20, 2017)
“Summerlong, by Peter S. Beagle,“ (September 26, 2016)
“The Trials of Koli, by M. R. Carey,” (November 14, 2020)
“A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians, by H. G. Parry,” (August 9, 2020)
“Silver, by Linda Nagata,” (December 23, 2019)
“This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone,” (July 14, 2019)
“The Deep, by John Crowley,” (May 13, 2019)
“Edges, by Linda Nagata,” (April 27, 2019)
“Vast, by Linda Nagata,” (September 9, 2018)
“The Overneath, by Peter S. Beagle and The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen,” (December 21, 2017)
“The Man Underneath: the Collected Short Fiction of R. A. Lafferty, vol. 3,” (July 31, 2017)
“The Language of the Night, by Ursula LeGuin,” (May 24, 2017)
“Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones,” (April 11, 2017)
“In Calabria, by Peter S. Beagle,” (March 3, 2017)
“The Man With Speckled Eyes: the Collected Short Fiction of R. A. Lafferty, vol. 4,” (March 12, 2018)
“Three Books to Get you Stuck into Warhammer 40,000,” (November 25, 2017)
“What the #@&% Is That? The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre, edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen,” (Winter 2017)
“Press Start to Play, edited by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams,” (Summer 2017)
“Federations, edited by John Joseph Adams,” (Spring 2017)
“The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Karen Joy Fowler,” (Spring 2017)