15 Jan, 2020
Kirkus Reviews review The Spawn War
"An enjoyable roller coaster of battles, chases, and narrow escapes..."
"Stellar dreadnaughts … fearsome mega-weapons, this story is space opera as fans like it..."
"Be prepared to dodge lethal energy beams on every page of this rip-roaring tale."
Kirkus selected the review for inclusion in their 15 March 2020 magazine.
Less than 10% of reviews are included in the magazine.
24 June 2019
Stephen was recently included in Wiki.ezvid.com's list of "10 Australian authors who write Amazing Science Fiction" with both THE MOTHERSEA and THE ANTARAN CODEX listed as notable works. Wiki.ezvid.com is the world's largest video wiki site providing information to millions of people around the world.
Stephen listed in Top 10 Aussie SF Authors on Wiki.ezvid
2 October, 2018
Mapped Space to be translated into Chinese
Stephen signed a deal today with a Beijing publisher to have his five Mapped Space books translated into Chinese and distributed throughout mainland China.
29 May 2018
IPPY Awards Presentation
Stephen and Elenor attended the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony in New York City, receiving the Gold Medal in Science Fiction for The Riven Stars. They also had the pleasure of meeting an eclectic group of award winning authors and their partners from around the world.
23 May, 2018
The Riven Stars and The Mothersea BOTH recognized at NIEA
It was announced today that both The Riven Stars and The Mothersea were each awarded Finalist Medals in Science Fiction at the American 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards.
12 April, 2018
The Riven Stars wins Gold Medal at the IPPY awards
The Riven Stars has won the 2018 Gold Medal for Science Fiction at the US Independent Publisher Book Awards (the Ippys), the largest book competition in the world.
21 March, 2018
The rationale for MSU's densely populated universe
Added my website article explaining why there is a proliferation of alien life in the MAPPED SPACE Universe and expanding upon the Hourglass Theory first mentioned in The Mothersea.
13 March, 2018
Metamorphose Literary review The Antaran Codex
Tammy Davies, Senior Editor and Founder of blogger/publisher Metamorphoselit.com reviewed The Antaran Codex for Metamorphose's March 2018 issue.
"From the first few pages, I was hooked."
14 February, 2018
The Riven Stars Kirkus review update
The Kirkus review of The Riven Stars has been selected by Kirkus editors for inclusion in the February15, 2018 issue of the Kirkus Reviews Magazine, Indie Section.
18 January, 2018
Kirkus reviews The Riven Stars
"Blistering action ... arresting characters ... a densely plotted epic.
A steadily paced and exhilarating espionage tale involving the threat of galactic war."
16 January, 2017
Interstellar travel in the MSU
Added my website article reviewing ideas for interstellar travel and explaining why the superluminal bubble is used in the MAPPED SPACE Universe.
19 July, 2016
Kirkus review of The Mothersea
Excerpt from Kirkus review of Mapped Space First Contact 2: The Mothership:
"Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive, and thematically profound."
Awarded the Kirkus Star.
17 March, 2016
Mr & Mrs Mapped Space
Stephen & Elenor,
author & editor.
14 December, 2015
Kirkus reviews In Earth's Service
Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space 2: In Earth's Service:
"This volume ... delivers an impressively knotty plotline and impeccably edited writing. Fans of classic space tales (like E. E. Smith’s Lensman saga and Jack Williamson’s Legion of Space) should find this series utterly satisfying.
A sci-fi novel that offers a relentlessly paced, action-packed, and undeniably epic-in-scope adventure."
15 March 2015
Midwest Book Review of The Antaran Codex
"An exceptionally well written science fiction action/adventure story, Stephen Renneberg's "The Antaran Codex" is superbly narrated by Neil Shah in this complete and unabridged audio book edition from Tantor Media."
4 November, 2014
Blue Ink includes The Mothership in list of Must Read SF
"Intelligent, compelling, and visionary, this blockbuster of a science fiction thriller from Aussie novelist Renneberg takes place in the wilds of the Northern Territory of Australia and involves humanity coming in contact with a vastly advanced race of aliens—but that’s just the beginning of this utterly readable storyline laden with jaw-dropping plot twists."
11 July, 2014
Kirkus reviews The Antaran Codex
Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space 1: The Antaran Codex:
"This high-octane sci-fi novel is powered by grand-scale action and adventure, larger-than-life characters, a richly described backdrop and, above all else, relentless pacing.
Sirius Kade, the archetypal space-opera hero (is) charismatic, courageous, headstrong and undeniably endearing.
Exceptional world building, intricately constructed storyline and breakneck pacing.
Fast and furious fun in humankind’s distant future."
5 July, 2013
Kirkus reviews The Mothership
Excerpts from Kirkus review of Mapped Space First Contact 1: The Mothership:
"First-contact stories are common in science fiction, but Renneberg’s highly original novel successfully avoids clichés while also providing a highly readable, breakneck-paced story. Readers will likely enjoy its bombshell plot twists and its fitting (and mind-blowing) conclusion.
A compelling, visionary must-read for literary sci-fi fans that recalls genre classics by Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke."