A Novel Ian Likes: A Case Of Conscience by James Blish

An exploration team on the planet Lithia has discovered a world full of valuable resources but which is also inhabited by a race of intelligent creatures who have a rich, vibrant culture but no concept of God or of Sin. It doesn’t bother three members of the team overly much but the fourth, a Jesuit priest, … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: A Case Of Conscience by James Blish

A Novel Ian Likes: The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

Mike and Phyllis Watson are journalists who are covering a series of unexplained phenomena. Beginning as a lethal curiosity, a series of unexplained catastrophes are wreaking havoc on the world’s sea lanes and coastal communities and – eventually – on the polar icecaps. Finding themselves increasingly isolated and at risk, they eventually become part of … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

A Novel Ian Likes: Empty World by John Christopher

Neil Miller has lost his family in a car accident. He goes to live with his grandparents and begins at a new school. Still in a state of shock, he barely notices the news about a plague beginning in India, one that directly attacks the body at its most vulnerable point and ages its victims … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Empty World by John Christopher

A Biography Ian Likes: C.S. Lewis by A. N. Wilson

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is best known as the author of The Chronicles Of Narnia but was also a professor of English at both Oxford and Cambridge. He was also internationally renowned as a lay theologian and Christian apologist. A. N. Wilson is an award-winning novelist, biographer and popular historian. Both men had relationships with … Continue reading A Biography Ian Likes: C.S. Lewis by A. N. Wilson

A Novel Ian Likes: Heart Of The Comet by Gregory Benford and David Brin

In the year 2061, humanity has launched an inspirational expedition to explore Halley’s comet on the occasion of its lifetime-spanning orbit around the solar system returning it to the neighbourhood of Earth. It’s supposedly a celebration of technology and ingenuity but the crew appears to be comprised largely of political embarrassments, has-beens and troublemakers. And … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Heart Of The Comet by Gregory Benford and David Brin

A Memoir Ian Likes: Underfoot In Show Business by Helene Hanff

Despite her intentions being laid out clearly in the opening pages of this book, Helene Hanff (1916 – 1997) never made it as a successful playwright (spoiler alert). However, she was a writer who could meet deadlines and create work quickly and relied almost entirely on her typewriter for a living which means that, by … Continue reading A Memoir Ian Likes: Underfoot In Show Business by Helene Hanff

A Series Ian Likes: The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

James Bolivar diGriz is a crook. But he’s really much more than that: he’s a gift to the bureaucracy that plagues his hi-tech society. His actions, he maintains, keep the inept forces of law and a sluggish economy active. He provides entertainment for people jaded by boring news stories. He… well, he’s good at what … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

A Novel Ian Likes: Beloved Exile by Parke Godwin

Arthur is dead. Betrayed in battle, his kingdom is on the verge of collapse. Guinevere, his queen, needs to escape from Camelot to safety. Unfortunately, disaster strikes, and she finds herself the captive – and then slave – of the invading Saxons… I grew up loving the legends of King Arthur. The idea of a … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Beloved Exile by Parke Godwin