Review of Bova’s Dueling Machine

The Dueling Machine is a novel by Ben Bova from 1969. It is part of his loose Watchman quartet about a space opera future where Terra dominates the galaxy. This story is set around the use of a psychotronic device capable of two participants entering a virtual reality...

Lord of Light, short review

In 1967 Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light was published. The book would go on to win the Hugo award for best novel in 1968, and be nominated for the Nebula award in the same category. And both are well deserved. Zelazny wrote a novel that is a wonderful blend of science...

Nature of the Crusades

The Crusades were not just a serious of military campaigns launched by Christian Europe on the strategic defensive against the perceived of Moslem raiding and expansion. The Crusades were also a major expression of religion and cultural vitality.

God’s War by Christopher Tyerman

The book God’s War by Christopher Tyerman was published in 2006. It is a large complex examination of the entirety of the Crusades from the 1st through the later Crusades. The book covers both the military actions as well as the political maneuvering behind the...