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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit. See https://eamonnmurphybooks.wordpress.com
His latest book 'Federation and Empire' is out now - links here
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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4 #103 (mag review).

October 14, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 27 no. 4  #103 (mag review).

As Paulo de Costa is this issue of ‘On Spec’s interviewed author, I might as well start with him. ‘Once Dad, Always Here’ shows a future in which privacy and copyright have been abolished and the controllers can track most rebels. There are interactive graveyards where you can visit with a hologram version of the […]

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Outposts Of Beyond edited by Tyree Campbell (ebook review).

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Outposts Of Beyond edited by Tyree Campbell (ebook review).

The cover painting for this fourth anniversary issue of ‘Outposts Of Beyond’ is a ‘Dune’ sandworm and the picture is credited as ‘Shai Halud’ by Patrick Kennedy. I suppose that image isn’t copyrighted and it’s a good look for an SF magazine. The inside features stories, poems and non-fiction articles. The first story is ‘The […]

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Essential Iron Man – Volume 5 by Len Wein and Mike Friedrich (graphic novel review).

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Essential Iron Man – Volume 5 by Len Wein and Mike Friedrich (graphic novel review).

In black and white on cheap paper, Essential Iron Man # 5 follows the usual pattern. It contains reprints of Iron Man # 62-75, # 77-87 and Iron-Man Annual # 3. Iron Man # 76 was probably a reprint and that’s why it’s not included. They have the cover which shows Iron Man fighting the […]

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Batman Illustrated Vol. 1 by Neal Adams (graphic novel review).

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Batman Illustrated Vol. 1 by Neal Adams (graphic novel review).

This book’s contents are described in the title. It’s ‘Batman Illustrated’ by Neal Adams starting with World’s Finest Comics # 175 (April 1968), among the first Batman adventures drawn by Adams. The story opens with a couple of hoods forming the Batman Revenge Squad to get back at the hero who caught them. They are […]

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Decade 1: The Best Of Albedo One Paperback edited by John Kenny (book review).

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Decade 1: The Best Of Albedo One Paperback edited by John Kenny (book review).

What a mixed bag of goodies ‘Albedo One’ served up in its first decade! This little Irish magazine is rather like the Canadian ‘On Spec’ in that it doesn’t pay professional rates but still gets professional quality stories. Mind you, some of them are definitely weird. I’ll do those first and then get on to […]

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Uncanny Magazine #12 (emag review).

September 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine #12 (emag review).

‘Uncanny Magazine’ is full of fiction, poetry, articles and interviews with a couple of featured authors. I’ll focus on fiction first. ‘My Body, Herself’ by Carmen Maria Machado is about a young lady killed when a cave collapses. She sees a replica of her body smoking cigarettes and saying ‘chase’ occasionally. It learns to say […]

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The Fifth Dimension June 2016 edited by J. Allen Irwine (e-mag review).

September 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The Fifth Dimension June 2016 edited by J. Allen Irwine (e-mag review).

‘The Fifth Dimension’ was one of the magazines published by samsdotpublishing in days of yore and, when that organisation passed away, it moved to Nomadic Delirium Press but is still under the editorship of J. Allen Irwine. It contains Science Fiction and fantasy short stories like the following. ‘Election Returns, Live’ by Tim McDaniel has […]

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In The Beginning (Kindle Edition) by Robert Silverberg (ebook review).

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
In The Beginning (Kindle Edition) by Robert Silverberg (ebook review).

‘In The Beginning’ is a collection of short stories from Robert Silverberg’s early days in the business. It’s the stuff that he churned out to fill magazines in the 1950s in order to make a living. In later more literary collections, he has been somewhat dismissive of this work but fans of pulp fiction, ripping […]

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The Essential Doctor Strange vol # 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (graphic novel review).

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Essential Doctor Strange vol # 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (graphic novel review).

One of this year’s big Hollywood films had humble beginnings. Doctor Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the soon to be released movie, first appeared in Strange Tales # 110, July 1963. ‘Strange Tales’ was a comicbook anthology of short Science Fiction and fantasy stories and the character was almost certainly named to fit in […]

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Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Eight (magazine review).

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Eight (magazine review).

The Jack Kirby Collector # 68 is full of features on the work of the world’s greatest comic artist. Probably the main item here is an interview with the King by J. Michael Straczynski of ‘Babylon 5’ fame and Larry DiTillio which was broadcast on radio in 1990. No new information here really but Kirby […]

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