Who’s out there?


My name is Tom, I’m from Australia. I read a lot of books, in all different genres, but I always come back to science-fiction and fantasy books for the sheer joy and the weird and wondrous ideas. My favourite authors are China Miéville and Alastair Reynolds.

I’m on Goodreads, check out my profile. If you want to get in contact with me, check here.


Yeah, it’s really boring and unimaginative. Originally I intended this blog to be about not only science fiction and fantasy, but also LGBT-themed books. So “Out There” kind of had a double meaning. I just haven’t gotten around to writing anything about the latter kind of book, and now it’s a bit too late to come up with anything cooler! Not a huge deal, though.


  • China Miéville’s oeuvre, obviously, but especially The ScarPerdido Street Station and Iron Council are right behind; and Embassytown follows soon after. Railsea is a recent favourite — I liked it a lot more than Un Lun Dun. Everything else is great too but those are my favourites.
  • Alastair Reynold’s oeuvre — the Revelation Space series most of all, with House of Suns also occupying a high-up position.
  • Other SF novels and series I love
    • Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    • A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • The Culture series by Iain M Banks
    • The Uplift series by David Brin
  • Fantasy is great too, although I need to read more (especially with the recent renaissance in epic fantasy)
    • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
    • A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
    • The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman
    • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    • The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (I’ve yet to read them all though!)
    • The Stone trilogy by Graham Edwards (and to a lesser extent, his Dragon trilogy)
    • The Stand by Stephen King
  • I also enjoy non-genre fiction, and I have a few favourites
    • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    • The Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin
  • Graphic novels
    • Maus by Art Spiegelman
    • Watchmen by Alan Moore
    • I’ll expand on this part of the list later!


  1. Ah, mate, so glad I found your blog. I picked up Perdido Street Station on a damn whim one day and my world forever changed. I am utterly in love with this man’s brain. Great posts and some amazing artwork you have collected. You just got yourself a new follower 🙂

  2. Alright, you got me. Many of the books you like are exactly what I want to read.

    The Scar – Best China Mieville book ever. (EmbassyTown.. the worst. sorry.)
    Revelation Space Series (Yep, I’m right there with you.)
    The Terror & Drood Dan Simmons.
    Stephen King – The Stand and almost everything else he did. (New stuff is falling off, though.)

    So I’ll be adding this site to my list of go to websites.

    By the way.. ‘Out There Books’ is a fantastic website name.

    Can’t wait to see what else you’re reading.

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