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Author Archive: AndyWhitaker

I live in deepest darkest Essex where I enjoy photography, real ales, walking my dog, cooking and a really good book. I own an e-book reader which goes with me everywhere but still enjoy the traditional paper based varieties.

My oriental studies have earned me a black belt in Suduko and I'm considered a master in deadly Bonsai (there are very few survivors).

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The Worst Man On Mars by Mark Roman and Corben Duke

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Worst Man On Mars by Mark Roman and Corben Duke

‘The Worst Man On Mars’ is a SF spoof which takes liberties with just about everything. It is in turn hilariously funny and just silly. It tells the tale of the British attempt to send a colony ship to the planet Mars where the colonists will take up residence in Botany Base. That’s the base […]

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Crossing In Time (Volume 1 of the Between Two Evils series) by DL Orton (book review).

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crossing In Time (Volume 1 of the Between Two Evils series) by DL Orton (book review).

‘Crossing In Time’ is book 1 of the ‘Between Two Evils’ series of books by DL Orton and there’s going to be at least four more of these. I know that as it lists the first five books at the beginning of this weighty tome, although I think only the first two have been published […]

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Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

Issue 88 of ‘Apex Magazine’ is hot off the press and the very striking cover by Mélanie Delon. It is hauntingly beautiful and scary at the same time. Not the type of person you would want to meet on a dark September night. Having savoured the cover, ‘Apex’ kick things off as normal with Jason […]

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The Human Blend (Volume 1 of the Tipping Point Trilogy) by Alan Dean Foster

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Human Blend (Volume 1 of the Tipping Point Trilogy) by Alan Dean Foster

It has been a long time since I have read any of Alan Dean Foster’s work. This is strange as he was a staple author for myself and my friends in our teenage years. When I got the chance to pick up ‘The Human Blend’, I took the liberty of picking up the other two […]

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The Nightmare Stacks (a Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Nightmare Stacks (a Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross

‘The Laundry Files’ are a superb series documenting the never-ending fight between what was the Q-Division of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the countless horrors from other dimensions that see us as a nice lunch. The Q-Division used to have offices above an old Chinese laundry and the name stuck, even after the rest […]

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Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

On the front cover of this book there is a picture of a huge spaceship with a glowing nebula behind it. Overlaying the rather good artwork is a large red warning triangle with the text ‘Mechanical Failure’ superimposed over it. Underneath in a smaller font is the message ‘Please restart your warship’. This sets the […]

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We Are Martians by E. R. Dee (ebook review).

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
We Are Martians by E. R. Dee (ebook review).

At first glance, this looks to be a good book and indeed there are interesting aspects to it. The Martian colony has been very generously funded by an Australian billionaire Roger Barton and is successfully expanding. All is going well until Barton dies in a plane crash. I’m not giving anything away here as this […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 85, June 2016 (emag review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 85, June 2016 (emag review).

Another month rolls by and brings with it another ‘Apex Magazine’. This is issue 85 and, let’s make this very clear right from the start, it’s an excellent issue. For me, ‘Apex’ has always been about the stories. Yes, I read the poetry, interviews and non-fiction pieces. In fact, I read it from cover to […]

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Shackleton’s Burden (A Lost Wonders Novelette) by Todd Yunker (book review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shackleton’s Burden (A Lost Wonders Novelette) by Todd Yunker (book review).

In the book ‘Shackleton’s Folly’, we meet Alec Shackleton and his assistant Dancer, who’s an AI in the form of a blue centaur. While ‘Shackleton’s Folly’ is book one in the ‘Lost Wonder’ series, ‘Shackleton’s Burden’ is not book two of the series. It is a short story (reported print length of 28 pages) detailing […]

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Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (book review).

June 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (book review).

The version of ‘Spirit’ I had for review was the large format paperback and it is a large book. It’s also quite weighty and that’s before you get to the story. Inside the cover on the title page is printed ‘Spirit’ in a large font and’ underneath in a smaller font’ there is an alternative […]

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