"If you ask 'Should we be in space?' you ask a nonsense question. We are in space."   -Frank Herbert

ONE SECOND AFTER, A No-Spoiler Review of the Novel, by William R. Forstchen

By Susi Jensen | October 23, 2021 |

My son handed me this paperback during the pandemic. Here, Mom. I think you’d like this book. And…I did like this novel, mostly. Here are 5 Reason I recommend ONE SECOND AFTER Decent story-telling and an interesting unique setting A thoughtful and action-oriented main character, mostly well-written, though the story is so male-centric, I cringed…

SQUID GAME, A Review without Spoilers

By Susi Jensen | October 8, 2021 |

Netflix has done it again. It has found another international gem, this one created by South Korean writer/director, Hwang Dong-hyuk. I had barely heard of SQUID GAME until about a week ago, but now the buzz is everywhere. If you’re like me, you’re wondering…Why all the hype about this Korean dystopian series? So, last night,…

FOUNDATION, A No Spoiler Reveiw of the first 2 Episodes

By Susi Jensen | September 27, 2021 |

Science fiction fans were delivered a treat over the weekend. Asimov’s Foundation Series is finally consumable via screen, television streaming to be precise. Writers/Creators, David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, 2005) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: Dark Fate, 2019) have teamed up to attempt what many had believed unthinkable. Why unthinkable? The Foundation Series, which began as…

WIDOWLAND A No Spoiler Review of the Novel

By Susi Jensen | September 1, 2021 |

Five Reasons I recommend  WIDOWLAND, by C.J. Carey Excellent pacing and page-turning tension A female hero who comes into her agency in a believable way Legit world-building of a bleak UK governed by Nazis The writing around the sexual relationships feels vital and true (more on this in the longer review) Given the consistent point…


By Susi Jensen | June 4, 2021 |

Worthy of a trip to the movie theater. I say yes! Here is a really lame photo (yet authentic because it was taken in a dark theater) of our party of 4, my husband and I and two friends, watching our first film in an actual theater since Covid lockdown. A QUIET PLACE II was…

THE HOBBIT, Chapter 1…A Study on Craft

By Susi Jensen | March 8, 2021 |

The following is a post about the craft of storytelling. Posts like this are somewhat unusual for me on my author website. Most of time I am reviewing science fiction for the average consumer, not just for the writer. In this post, I am poking my nose into craft. I don’t want to just taste…

DUNE, Chapter 1…A Study on Craft

By Susi Jensen | March 3, 2021 |

Spoilers below. If you want to read a review of the novel without spoilers, click here. I happen to be in a writing critique group that started up this past week. A couple of the folks in this group are writing novels and sent in first chapters for a swipe at getting critique. So, I…

DUNE, A Review of the Novel

By Susi Jensen | January 28, 2021 |

This is my second time reading DUNE, with probably about twenty years in between readings. My first took place as a fan, consuming for pleasure. This time, I re-read DUNE as a writer of science fiction. It was still a thrilling ride. DUNE, the novel holds up well to post-modern scrutiny and the writing is…

TRAIN TO BUSAN, A No Spoiler Review

By Susi Jensen | January 5, 2021 |

TRAIN TO BUSAN is the story of a father and daughter trying to make their way from Seoul to Busan. While on that journey, a viral outbreak that turns its victims into flesh-eating zombies, begins to ravage the country. TRAIN TO BUSAN, set in Korea, is subtitled for English (and other language) speakers. This film…

So, You Just Finished Writing a 70K Word Sci-Fi Novel…Advice to the Young Writer

By Susi Jensen | October 31, 2020 |

Periodically, a friend tells me that he or she knows someone who is writing or has written a novel. It happened last week as I’m sure it happens to most writers. Not that I’m the expert on all things writing, but I’ve navigated the writing world long enough to have an opinion. So, I had…

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