Escape Velocity

A curated Collection of Fantasy and Science Fiction Media

Some of My Favourite Media:

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy
Frank Herbert's Dune
David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas
Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Games Workshop’s Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game
Tonke Dragt’s Brief voor de Koning (Letter for the King) - the book. The Netflix show sucks
Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot
H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher
2K’s BioShock game series
Nickelodeon’s Avatar: the Last Airbender
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PETER

Welcome to my curator page!  

While I spend most of my waking hours slaving away as an attorney for a large commercial law firm, I like to spend my free time escaping from reality in all sorts of stories and games – fantasy, sci-fi, horror, you name it. When I’m not reading, writing, or painting miniatures, I like to hit people (or more likely, get hit) with a sword.

In my speculative fiction, I like plot-heavy stories that still make you connect with the characters, and world building that is not just interesting and exotic, but that actually works on a historical, geographic, economic or scientific level. I like stories that put your brain to work. I’m a sucker for the classics and love to read older stuff to get an idea of how genres and tastes evolved over time. I like games that have a strong narrative element – even in board games, I like the ones that give you the feeling you’re setting up a colony on a distant planet over ones that may be more balanced but feel less alive. 

Nowadays, what with my job and life in general getting in the way, I don’t spend nearly as much time gaming or reading as I used to, but I still listen to as many audiobooks as I can and I try to make time for everything else. But sometimes, everything that is out there that I would still like to see or read or play is overwhelming. If you feel the same, please look around! Your time is precious, and we all want to spend it on the very best the genre has to offer!

Realistic or grimdark settings

 

Characters getting punished for their mistakes

 

Tightly written plots and well-foreshadowed plot twists

 

When magic is a mystery (and you sometimes wonder whether it is magic at all)

 

When the story structure itself wows you

 

Realistic economic and geographical worldbuilding

 

Writers that trust their readers to figure it out by themselves and do not feel to need to explain every detail

When the stakes in a story grow beyond the point where it is relatable

 

Love triangles and sappy romance

 

Superheroes

 

When stories or games take way more time than they have any right to

 

Whiney main characters

 

Really competitive games

 

Poorly executed politics

Pet PeeveS

Historical inaccuracies in medieval fantasy settings (especially in combat)

Humanoid aliens in sci-fi

Characters inexplicably having really modern mindsets/sensibilities in settings where that makes no sense

Needlessly edgy characters in order to make things ‘dark’

The thing where the dainty woman always has to be the archer even though shooting a 100+ pound warbow takes far more strength than properly wielding a sword

Characters that do dumb stuff but get away with it

Writers coming up with a new name for their orc-race despite the fact that they are clearly just reskinned orcs

Fantasy names with a bunch of open vowels and unexplained ‘ä’s or ‘â’s

Recent Contributions

Review: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein

Manny is a computer engineer in charge of programming Mike, the central supercomputer running the systems of Earth’s penal colony on the Moon. Unbeknownst to anyone but Manny, Mike has achieved self-awareness. Mike mainly wants to learn to understand human humour, but when the AI meets political activist Wyoming Knott through Manny, the three of them start speculating on an uprising that would free Luna from the yoke of the Warden and the Federated Nation’s Lunar Authority.

Review: Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein

The Earth is at war with several alien races. On a whim, rich kid Johnny Rico joins the Mobile Infantry on his 18th birthday, to serve a term and earn citizenship. But as he goes through bootcamp to join humanity’s greatest military outfit, and he trains for orbital drops on alien planets, his resolve is sorely tested.

Review: Floating Hotel – Grace Curtis

The Grand Abeona Hotel is both space ship and resort, an interstellar cruise ship floating from system to system, providing old fashioned luxury to the well-to-do of each planet at which it calls. Its crew are a chaotic bunch of outcasts and refugees, forged into a well oiled machine (well, mostly) by kindly hotel manager Carl – who knows that each and every one of them has a story of their own. But even an out-of-this-world place like the Grand Abeona cannot escape the political realities of the galaxy. Some of the guests carry secrets – and even worse, perhaps so do some of the staff…

Review: Bookshops & Bonedust – Travis Baldree

Prequel to Legends & Lattes – when orc barbarian Viv gets wounded in the search for a dangerous necromancer, she is sent to a local seaside town to rest and recover while the mercenary company continues the hunt without her. In the town, Viv befriends the local bookseller, who runs a dilapidated shop on the verge of bankruptcy. When Viv discovers the joy of reading, however, she makes it her mission to help the bookshop back on its feet.