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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit. His latest book 'Federation and Empire' is out now - links here
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Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

Harlan Ellison has produced a steady stream of award-winning short stories and television scripts down the years, often in the fantasy and Science Fiction genres. This book does not fall into those categories but perhaps SFCrowsnest got it because he’s a fantasy author or perhaps because it‘s from the Subterranean Press who release many excellent […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2 # 93 (magazine review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2  # 93 (magazine review).

On Spec # 93 has an interview with ‘the most decorated writer in the Science Fiction and fantasy genre’. She has won eleven Hugo awards, Seven Nebula awards, four Locus awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial award. Her name is Connie Willis and I’ve never heard of her before! It’s a big field now. […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2013 Volume 125 # 710 (magazine review).

November 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2013 Volume 125 # 710 (magazine review).

Ask a politician a question nowadays and he’ll tell you what he’s focusing on and what he’s focusing on won’t be the subject of the question. It goes without saying that ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ contains interesting non-fiction articles and book reviews but what I’m focusing on is the stories. The big […]

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Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin (book review).

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Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin (book review).

‘Narrow, suspicious, mean, self-reliant, pig-headed, but generally honourable and as good as their word.’ This quote from ‘The Unprivileged’ by Jeremy Seabrook, describes the working class people of Northampton. They might also, according to his biographer, be used to describe Alan Moore. The writer Alan Moore has a background I recognise. Born 18th November 1953, […]

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The War Of The Worlds by HG Wells (e-book review).

October 29, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The War Of The Worlds by HG Wells (e-book review).

History students are often advised to go back to the source material and this is not a bad practice for Science Fiction fans neither. This week I watched ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ on afternoon television, the Walt Disney version with Kirk Douglas playing a two-fisted all-American blockhead. It was fun but one day I […]

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Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard by Lawrence R. Dagstine (book review).

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard by Lawrence R. Dagstine (book review).

There are thirteen stories in ‘Fresh Blood: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard’ by Lawrence R. Dagstine and seven of them were previously published in small magazines. The ones not so credited are not necessarily any less good though. ‘Calvin’s Homecoming’, for example, the opening story, doesn’t seem to have appeared elsewhere before but it is […]

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Essential Iron Man Volume 4 by Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Gerry Conway, Robert Kanigher, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Bill Everett and Steve Gerber (graphic novel review).

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Essential Iron Man Volume 4 by Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Gerry Conway, Robert Kanigher, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Bill Everett and Steve Gerber (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Iron Man Volume # 4’ presents us with Iron Man # 39-61, featuring the golden avenger and a lot of villains, including some oddities like the White Dragon, Slasher, Demetrius and Soulfather. Importantly, it also features the very first appearance of Thanos of Titan, who went on to big things. The first five issues […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1 #92 (magzine review).

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 1  #92 (magzine review).

‘On Spec’ has editorials, interviews and best of all, fiction. The two opening stories, ‘Bells Of Aberdovey’ by Kate Reidel and ‘Fur Is Dead’ by Lynn Stansbury are both the type that read like an ordinary tale of everyday life until you get to the end when there’s a fantastic conclusion which was hinted at […]

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Silver Star by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

September 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Silver Star by Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

Jack Kirby’s ‘Silver Star’ was, I believe, his last work in the field of comics. The six twenty page issues are collected in this hardback volume along with covers and some other paraphernalia. There’s an introduction by David Scroggy, who was editorial director at Pacific Comics, the company which put out the original material. It […]

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Ascendant Stars (Book Three of Humanity’s Fire) by Michael Cobley (book review).

September 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Ascendant Stars (Book Three of Humanity’s Fire) by Michael Cobley (book review).

‘Ascendant Stars’ is part three of a big trilogy, ‘Humanity’s Fire’, which can be a problem. The book opens with a pretty efficient summary of what has gone before from author Michael Cobley. Unfortunately, so much has gone before it was hard to get my head around. Deciding the best thing to do was carry […]

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