Our favourite space interpretations


When it comes to space, there is something about it that draws out the imagination. From TV and movies to games and books, we’ve gone through and found our favourite interpretations of life in space in honour of the release of In Exchange on 12th April 2016. So in no particular order:

Star Trek

Teleportation-Beam-me-up-Scottie-EatSleepDigitalsStar Trek as a franchise is possibly one of the greatest to ever exist. Not did the first series attain a cult status that led to some of the best space movies and reboot movies that have ever graced the silver screen, but the number of TV series to exist in the same extensive universe is mind blowing. Rather than pick a particular one, we’ve chosen to honour the franchise as a whole – this is partly as none of us can agree on which is the best series, but also because each movie and series has something in it for Star Trek fans to love. Besides, which other space based series can boast a commander that has to step over chairs to sit in them?

Mass Effect

Image by Joe Black, Deviant Art

When it comes to games set in space (we’re not including No Man’s Sky just yet since it hasn’t been released) Mass Effect might just be the pinnacle of perfection. It is a game that can be replayed again and again and loved more every single time – even the first game, which is looking very dated now and feels clunky to play when compared to Mass Effect 3. It is packed full of some of the most imaginative characters and geeky references, throw backs and the best damn pilot in the galaxy. Though nobody ever has the same Shepard, every incarnation of the game’s hero is awesome and when you throw in the unstinting loyalty of Shepard’s companions – especially Garrus and Joker, you get one brilliant space adventure.*

Captain Harlock

The manga and anime genre has such a wide range of different settings, pulling one out of it that is exceptional is so difficult, but Captain Harlock: Space Pirate, really is one movie that distinguishes itself. Yes, the original cartoon was comical and a much more in depth exploration of the source material – the recent movie blows everything away and can easily be watched repeatedly. After all, everyone in Captain Harlock seems to be searching for their kind of redemption, so what could possibly go wrong?

Battlestar Galactica

Whether you like the original series or the more recent reboot and spin off series (Caprica), BSG has got so much to offer. Rather than being an exploration mission that involves hundreds of different races it gives a twist on the universe – humanity is alone in it, save for the technology it has created that now threatens to destroy them. The cylons and the fight against them is something that is easy to relate to and being set so far from Earth makes it all the more imaginative.


The beloved and short-lived creation of Joss Whedon is something that sci-fi fans will never give up on seeing a second series of, and with good reason!

“Picture Star Wars, but the Rebellion is crushed. Han and Chewie escape to the Outer Rim, where they take whatever smuggling jobs they can find. The worlds are mostly tech-poor, so no blasters. Now, change Chewie into a hot woman soldier, give her a smart ass husband for a pilot, a rude mercenary for protection, a cute farmgirl mechanic, a smoking hot professional escort, and a couple of mysterious passengers. And that’s just the first episode.” – Jeff Struckhoff

What’s not to love? Packed with adventure, a struggle to survive, being chased by the authorities, haunted by the past and threatened by a race of mad cannibals that it turns out the higher ups in the confederation of planets created and you might understand a little of why so many still want more from this series.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Best Retro PC Games Star Wars Knights of the Old RepublicBefore this game came out, RPG games were a little bit samey, yes, they were enjoyable, but Bioware brought something new and fantastic to the table and created some of the best Star Wars canon around (the Mandelorian Wars). With fans working on transforming the old graphics of this game into pretty shiny new ones, we couldn’t be more excited! This game gave Star Wars fans the chance to run around, become a Jedi and save or condemn the galaxy as they saw fit and gave us the brilliance of HK-47, our own wookie friend in Zaalbar, a grumpy former Jolee Bindo and the chance to romance a character, that could go very well or extremely badly depending on how things played out. Besides all this, you were being racing against the bad guys and had one of the best gaming twists thrown into the plot to boot!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One of the most beloved and influential books of all time, there isn’t much we can say about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that you won’t have heard before, all we have to say is that no we don’t know the question, but the answer is 42 and if you haven’t read it, well you should!

The Martian

Spending yet more money on rescuing Matt Damon, the Martian is an exceptional space movie that is a lot closer to home than other movies and TV series set in space. The reviews will give you a much better idea of how brilliant this movie is than we can!


Though the movie has some merit, the series that the Stargate universe has spawned are what we adore. Whether it is the original SG1 team, the series set in Atlantis or Universe, there is plenty to get exited about when it comes to space.


Space marines in battle armour and genetically modified humans fighting alien races with the help of an AI – Halo not only has an incredibly rich back story and compelling plot that has spawned movies and comics to support the series, but it is amazing fun to play. Besides, there are very few franchises that can boast a spoof that is as funny and entertaining as the wondrous Red vs. Blue.

Cowboy Bebop

download (5)


Cowboy Bebop is space combined with film noir to create something that is just spectacular and irresistible cool. Not only does Cowboy Bebop follow bounty hunters in space, it is also one of the influences on C.S. Woolley‘s Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series.


Star Wars

Need we say more?

*We would like to apologise to all those gamers who are now feeling the need to spend several hundred hours playing through Mass Effect from 1 to 3 yet again.**

In Exchange is currently available for pre-order for Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Kindle readers, priced at $2.99, and will be officially launched on 12th April 2016.

**We’re really not all that sorry as we know that it will be freaking epic.

It’s Monday!


Yes Monday has arrived and don’t we all know it. As the temperature has finally caught up with the time of year, we are battling with the heating system in the office and some of us are even using our keyboards with fingerless gloves. Yes we know summer couldn’t last forever and the UK would eventually plunge into the cold depths of autumn but on the plus side Game of Thrones fans – Winter is coming.

After our (mostly) hectic weekends, the office is full of Red vs. Blue quoting in one quarter and a few with heads on desks muttering something about needing to sleep more than they need to drink coffee. But thankfully our web gremlins have been drinking their coffee like good little gremlins and have been hard at work. There have been a few changes made already to the site layout and each book that we publish now has its own dedicated page. There are more changes to come but some of those will be down to you – yes you – the site users. At the moment we have two different layouts over on the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren and the Chronicles of Celadmore pages. We’ve had some feedback already from people sending PMs to the facebook pages about the layout and the new site (thank you for that!!) but we want more. If you have a few minutes to spare take a look at the two pages and see which layout you prefer or if you think it needs something completely different! It’s completely up to you. If you do have any feedback for us then please Contact Us.

In other news C.S. Woolley will be appearing at the Furies Nottingham book launch on 14th October at the Maze and though the Nicolette Mace blog has been idle for the better part of two months there will be new posts up there later today.

Happy Monday everyone!


Our web gremlins

Thank yous

So with today’s post we all wanted to say a big thank you to our lovely web gremlins who have worked so hard on getting the new Mightier Than the Sword UK site up and running. Having sat and watched some of what they have done I can’t quite believe they are still sane. The amount of time and effort they have put into making this looking amazing is really appreciated by all of us here in the office. And they still aren’t done! The site is going to continue to develop and improve as we find our feet and receive feedback from site users as to what they, or rather you, want to see more of.

If you have any suggestions then please get in touch with us via our contact us page.

We’ve seen the office in a flurry of activity today too with everyone preparing for the weekend. Some are heading into a weekend of working here in the office, others will be running about the country on personal errands and there a crazy handful who will be doing both! Though I know at least one person plans to spend the entire weekend watching every series of Red vs. Blue from start to finish just because the last episode of the latest series has finally aired…in fairness the rest of us are just a tiny bit jealous as we all secretly wish we could be doing that!

For all those who are finally off to University this weekend *cough*Oxfordslackers*cough* we wanted to say you shall be living in the shadow of two great literary giants – C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien – you have a lot to live up to!

Finally we wanted to make a special mention of a very talent author that has three extremely good books out that we think everyone should read, D.B. Martin. D.B. has written the Patchwork People series that you can get from amazon direct to your kindle and also has a YA book called Webs written under the name Lily Stuart – who also happens to be the main character! If you haven’t read these before or heard of them then you should check them out and you can even read our review of Webs!

Happy Weekend!

images (1)