About

Welcome to Cybermage,

My name is Ove Jansson and I love Science Fiction, especially in books. Cybermage is my blog where I write about things I love and find exciting which also includes fantasy, television, science and gadgets. I like wow moments, things that amazes me. I also like strong characters, characters that grow and develop as in good coming-of-age stories. Female protagonist is also just more interesting than male ones.

Some of my favorite sub genres are Space Opera, Military Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Steampunk and Coming-of-age stories.

My favorite authors are: Neal Asher, David Weber, Elizabeth Bear, Elizabeth Moon,C. J. Cherryh,  Jaine Fenn, John Scalzi, L. E. Modesitt Jr, Lois McMaster Bujold, Cherrie Priest, Michael Cobley and Sarah A. Hoyt to name a few.

When my son was younger I kept telling him “Books are like really good friends, they are always there when you need them“. Needless to say he is a reader too, though he leans more to fantasy.

One of my earliest memories is of hugging a TV in the backseat of a car as my family moved. I have been told I started to cry when they took the TV out and wouldn’t stop until I got to go with. Those were the times of black and white and one channel to choose between. Recently I discovered that people make fun of how bad TV was when I was a kid. Sadly it is true, but I always expected better. This might somewhat explain my patience with bad television.

I live in Boden, a town in the far north of Sweden with six computers and a couple of thousands close friends/books. My day job is as a R&D project coordinator for an electronics manufacturer.

You can contact me at ove at cybermage.se on email or @cybermage_se on twitter. For submission and reviews please see my Review Policy.

/Ove

  • Hello, Cybermage,

    I have a new book in print, What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys. If I had to pick a genre, I would say that it was comic science fiction journalism. But, as you will find if you give it a chance, it’s so much more than that.

    This is the second Alternate Reality News Service. If the idea seems interesting to you, you can read more at my Web site, Les Pages aux Folles. You will find the complete text of this and the first Alternate Reality News Service book, Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be, in the Archive section. In addition, new articles are posted to the New section every third week. These are all marked [ARNS] for easy identification. You might also want to check out the Alternate Reality News Service Cafe Facebook group, which contains new material posted around the same time as the new material on the Web site.

    If, after checking it out, you would be interested in reviewing either or both of these books, please let me know, and I will be happy to send them to you.

    Ira Nayman
    creator, Les Pages aux Folles
    http://www.lespagesauxfolles.ca
    author, Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be
    What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys
    http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/WhatWereOnceMiraclesAreNowChildrensToys.html
    both books now available online through Amazon and Indigo/Chapters
    be sure to drop by The Alternate Reality News Service Cafe on Facebook

  • Hello, Cybermage,

    I have a new book in print, What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys. If I had to pick a genre, I would say that it was comic science fiction journalism. But, as you will find if you give it a chance, it’s so much more than that.

    This is the second Alternate Reality News Service. If the idea seems interesting to you, you can read more at my Web site, Les Pages aux Folles. You will find the complete text of this and the first Alternate Reality News Service book, Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be, in the Archive section. In addition, new articles are posted to the New section every third week. These are all marked [ARNS] for easy identification. You might also want to check out the Alternate Reality News Service Cafe Facebook group, which contains new material posted around the same time as the new material on the Web site.

    If, after checking it out, you would be interested in reviewing either or both of these books, please let me know, and I will be happy to send them to you.

    Ira Nayman
    creator, Les Pages aux Folles
    http://www.lespagesauxfolles.ca
    author, Alternate Reality Ain’t What It Used To Be
    What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children’s Toys
    http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/WhatWereOnceMiraclesAreNowChildrensToys.html
    both books now available online through Amazon and Indigo/Chapters
    be sure to drop by The Alternate Reality News Service Cafe on Facebook

  • ove

    Hello Ira,

    Thanks for the comment, I will have a look.

  • ove

    Hello Ira,

    Thanks for the comment, I will have a look.

  • shiva

    I was wondering if you have watched the new mini series Pillars of Earth or read the book?
    Here is the trailer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSa6AhEWebA

    So far the first 2 episodes are very interesting especially the power dynamics between church and state.
    Would love to know your opinion

  • shiva

    I was wondering if you have watched the new mini series Pillars of Earth or read the book?
    Here is the trailer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSa6AhEWebA

    So far the first 2 episodes are very interesting especially the power dynamics between church and state.
    Would love to know your opinion

  • David

    New science fiction explores reality of intergalactic space travel

    David Schramm’s Black Market Memories tells the story of a community struggling to find the meaning of endless life in deep space

    RIVERVIEW, Fla. – Black Market Memories by David Schramm depicts a realistic scenario of how humans become intergalactic space explorers and settlers in a compelling tale of science and adventure.

    Black Market Memories records significant events that happen in the third and fourth millennium, 250 light years from Earth. The new community of Jamestown is established and is attempting to understand and adjust to its new life in deep space. The government and its citizens work to establish an economy and stable politics while wrestling with technological, environmental and social challenges as a criminal underworld emerges.

    Schramm describes Black Market Memories as a piece of history from our future in deep space. Frustrated by other intergalactic adventures that rely upon fantasy science such as Faster Than Light and Warp Drives, Worm Holes, and Star Gates, Schramm shows us a future based on real physics and achievable engineering. Black Market Memories also stresses the importance of emotional relationships among humans and the vital connection we have with all life on Earth.

    Black Market Memories is available online at Amazon.com and other channels.
    ISBN1452863091
    EAN-139781452863092

    About the Author
    David Schramm studied physics and mathematics at Rutgers University. After a career with IBM, he invented milestone artificial intelligence software and went on to work for NASA until 1986. He then created large-scale computer system architectures for many of our largest corporations. Since retiring, Schramm has been traveling the world on his boat, Jenny.

    David Schramm
    Email: david@BlackMarketMemories.com
    Web: http://www.BlackMarketMemories.com

  • David,

    I don’t mind you making a suggestion for me reading your book, but this is not amazon. I do mind a cut and paste add about your book with no personal touch at all.

    Make it better or I will remove it.

  • David,
    Your comment has been removed. This is not a place for advertisements. I welcome recommendations but you will have to make them personal, not cut and paste an add.

  • Kanin

    It’s refreshing to see people still passionated about the books. More, people who make their children to be passionated of the same thing, in a world of computers and tabloids. I was “lucky” enough to grow up in a country and era with little TV and reading was the obvious alternative. ANd I had the luck of two parents avid readers and of a (very small) apartment full of books. Not that I’m complain of, nowadays, even if the living room has became too small for the amount of books I keep on buying. I’m always happy about meeting people who still believe books are reliable friends and still bring hapiness and some interesting in our lives. Enrich us, if only with words…

    Keep it up, you do a good job. And you’ve got one more reader. At least.

  • Thanks Kanin, that was good to hear.

  • Dani

    Hey Ove. Just saw your review of our book, The Unincorporated Man. Glad you enjoyed it. Just wanted to tell you that if you dig formidable female protagonists you’ll probably enjoy our recently released The Unincorporated War and if it’s not being too bold, the upcoming summer release of The Unincorporated Woman. Yes, it’s a shameless plug but the bottom line is that my brother and I LOVE FFP’s and as a result most of the rest of the Unincorporated series is dominated by them.

  • ann

    I hope you can help me… when I was younger, I started reading a book about a man and his horse who somehow was working/trying to work beneath NYC which was all run by some giant steam engine…. does that sound at all familiar? It’s not much to go on, and I haven’t had much luck trying to google the story… I’d like to give the book another try, but I can’t remember the name or much else about it…

  • No, it doesn’t ring any bell but I know where you can ask. Try http://www.reddit.com/r/scifi/ the people there are very knowledgeable in everything scifi.

  • Hi Dani,
    I got the Unincorporated War here on my to-read shelf. I plan to read it soonish. Do you have a blurb on the Unincorporated Woman? I would love to write a little piece on it. I am doing research on next years books at the moment.

  • Morgan Kelly

    Hi – I do to the PR for SGU and you posted a review. The title is “Cloverdale” no “Cloverfield”. Can you please correct? Thank you!

  • Thanks, fixed

  • Morgan Kelly

    Thank you!

  • telo

    Hi Ove, I’ve just come across your blog and like the stuff about strong females in sf. Two of my favourite characters who you might want to add to your list are Jago (Atevi bodyguard) and Illisidi (Aiji-Dowager) from C J Cherryh’s ‘Foreigner’ series. Neither are the main protagonist but both are really strong personalities….

  • Interesting idea, I think I will include at least Jago, the Dowager is absolute formidable too of course. She is the power behind the scene most of the time and I wouldn’t dare call her a supporting role. At least not on the same planet she is on.

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  • Dani

    Hey Ove – didn’t see this until today! Publisher’s Weekly just came out with a review of The Unincorporated Woman – there’s plenty of blurb in there for you! http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7653-1904-3

    take care,

    Dani
    P.S.  If you have any questions feel free to write me at dani@theunincoporated.com or follow me on twitter @dkollin

  • Hi Cybermage,

    I am thrilled to have stumbled on your site while looking for when one of my fav shows starts up again.

    I share your interests in Cyberpunk, Space Opera, good character growth and strong female protagonists.

    So I want to ask if you have ever read Linnea Sinclair’s “Accidental Goddess?”  It seems to fit your stated preferences, except for no Steam punk.

    Great site – very clean page layout.  I will come back to get some recommendations. 

  • Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the comment. I have not read Linnea Sinclair’s Accidental Goddess but it looks interesting. I will have a look.

  • Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the comment. I have not read Linnea Sinclair’s Accidental Goddess but it looks interesting. I will have a look.

  • Saad

    Hi Ove,

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU!

    I too love Sci-Fi in all its forms; reading being chief amongst them. I have been using your site as a reference guide of sorts to pick authors and series for my next reads. So far I have not been disappointed. You’ll be happy to know that Cybermage has attained a permanent bookmark on every single computer I use. Keep up the good work!

    Stay well,

    Saad Chaudhry
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Iulia

    Hi Ove, writing you from Ukraine. This is a really great website. Thanks for reviews, they do help to have an idea of a book. Keep going!

  • Stephanie Kawan

    Hello,
    thank you so much for your efforts. I really appreciate your work and am so glad, that I found your website. Here, I can look for new tv shows to be addicted of. I fell in love with Suits and Justified here, I am really grateful for this. I know, it is just TV, but for me, it is another reality, another world, a story and inspiration. I just love it. Same goes for books. Love it.
    Kind regards,
    Stephanie

  • Caristinn

    Do you happen to remember the name of the feline character to the right
    of the woman holding a book in the center of the image below?

    http://media.ove.cybermage.se/2010/08/ffp-in-sf-part-20.png

  • That is Honor Harrington’s treecat companion Nimitz

    http://honorverse.wikia.com/wiki/Nimitz

  • Fred

    Hi,

    You seems to have mised recent books from Alastair Reynolds. May 1st was when the last book from the Poseidon’s Children trilogy came out and in June a new book: Slow Bullets. See http://www.inoreader.com/feed/http%3A%2F%2Fapproachingpavonis.blogspot.com%2Ffeeds%2Fposts%2Fdefault

  • Fan

    Just wanted to drop a note to share that I’ve referenced your site for years to discover new favorites. Cheers keep them coming!