Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)

“Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” is an odd entry in the “Metal Gear” series, for a number of reasons. It was originally planned to be titled “Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker”, as series director Hideo Kojima considered it a fully-fledged entry into the “main” series, but the title was later amended. Perhaps the re-titling…

Tuf Voyaging (1986) by George R. R. Martin

An enjoyable fix-up novel in Martin’s “Thousand Worlds” setting. Short stories from over the 70s and 80s were compiled by Martin here into a fairly sequential linear format, and the seams rarely show; it feels like a cohesive novel in its own right. The character of Tuf is unique, likeable, and amusing, and his many adventures…

The Glass Flower (1986) by George R. R. Martin

“The Glass Flower” is George R. R. Martin’s last story in his “Thousand Worlds” setting. The collected version of “Tuf Voyaging” was printed later, but the short stories it compiles were published earlier. “Avalon” was set to be a proper full-length novel in the “Thousand Worlds”, like “Dying of the Light” was, but was abandoned…

Nightflyers (1980) by George R. R. Martin

An enjoyably creepy novella, leaning more on the horror side of Martin’s writing rather than the science-fiction side. Feels very much like “Alien” in that sense (although since this novella came out only a year after the film’s release, it’s entirely possible Martin wrote the novella before seeing the film). I felt like it was…

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” is yet another masterful entry in this fantastic video game series. Like “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty”, “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater”, and – to a slightly lesser extent – “Metal Gear Solid”, series director Hideo Kojima pushes the medium of video games in…

Sandkings (1979) by George R. R. Martin

One of the best, and most creative, “Thousand Worlds” stories. It’s a cynical, entertaining, scary look into the mind of a man who’d drive his pets to slaughter each other for amusement, and push them to worship him as divine. It has a very “Twilight Zone” feel to the way the story unfolds and is…

The Way of Cross and Dragon (1979) by George R. R. Martin

A fantastic short story, definitely one of the best in Martin’s “Thousand Worlds” setting. Full of fascinating worldbuilding, strong character writing, interesting plot movements, and great lines like “freedom is cold and empty and frightening, and lies can often be warm and beautiful”. I don’t personally share the same sort of atheist ideology the story…