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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit. https://eamonnmurphywriter.wordpress.com/welcome-2/

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Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith And The Codex Reckoning by Steve Conley (ebook review).

February 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith And The Codex Reckoning by Steve Conley (ebook review).

Argosy Smith is a swashbuckling super-scientist hero in the tradition of Doc Savage but he lives in a very different future where you really must return overdue library books. In the 21st century, Earth moved into another region of space, an event known as ‘The Shift’. After The Shift, the laws of physics changed, space […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Five: Kirby & Lee: Stuf’ Said!: The Complex Genesis Of The Marvel Universe (review).

February 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Five: Kirby & Lee: Stuf’ Said!: The Complex Genesis Of The Marvel Universe (review).

The Jack Kirby Collector # 75 is a special book-sized issue entitled ‘Kirby And Lee: Stuf’ Said!’ It’s an attempt by publisher John Morrow to tell the history of the creation of Marvel Comics in their words, mostly, of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There are lots of other words included, not least those of […]

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The Only Living Boy Omnibus by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis (graphic novel review).

February 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Only Living Boy Omnibus by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis (graphic novel review).

‘The Only Living Boy Omnibus’, written by David Gallaher and illustrated by Steve Ellis features the entire saga collected into one magnificent edition in full colour and an extra twenty-page story to boot. I had never heard of it until now and so approached it with an open mind. My open mind was soon filled […]

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On Spec The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic #109 Vol. 29 No. 2 (magazine review).

January 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Spec The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic #109 Vol. 29 No. 2 (magazine review).

There’s some good fiction in this issue of ‘On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic’. ‘Sinkhole’ by Al Onia opens at Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock, where aborigine tourist guide Allan Balford witnesses something from the sky hit the sacred site and split it in two. The phenomenon then expands slowly and swallows […]

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Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

January 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts features fourteen stories from an assorted bunch of talented authors culled from the magazine ‘Crimewave’, which is put out by the same publisher that does the Science Fiction and fantasy magazine ‘Interzone’. That should tell you what sort of mood to expect. I picked out a few interesting pieces. ‘Plainview Part One: […]

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The Divided States Of America Bundle # 2 edited by J. Alan Erwine (ebook review).

January 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Divided States Of America Bundle # 2 edited by J. Alan Erwine (ebook review).

‘The Divided States Of America’ is a shared world concept originated by J. Alan Erwine, editor of Nomadic Delirium Press. It’s based on a future where the United States have split up into several different powers of varying political dispositions. Writers are invited to contribute stories set against this background. The stories are available individually […]

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Saving For A Sunny Day by Ian Watson (book review).

January 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Saving For A Sunny Day by Ian Watson (book review).

‘Saving For A Sunny Day’ is a single author short story collection and the author is Ian Watson. There’s a long introduction by Adam Roberts telling us what a brilliant writer Mr. Watson is. Oddly, it put me off him. On the other hand, when I read the first couple of stories, I quickly realised […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest # 1 by Alex Shvartsman, Mike Resnick, Lawrence M Schoen, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, Clelia Farris, Walter Dinjos, Dantzel Cherry, Steve Kopka and Liang Ling (emag review).

January 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest # 1 by Alex Shvartsman, Mike Resnick, Lawrence M Schoen, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, Clelia Farris, Walter Dinjos, Dantzel Cherry, Steve Kopka and Liang Ling (emag review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is a new quarterly magazine featuring translations of international Science Fiction. It’s an oddity of the genre that the subject matter ranges across the universe but most of the well-known works come from the English-speaking world. The rest of planet Earth likes Science Fiction, too, and even writes good examples of […]

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The Early Pohl by Frederick Pohl (book review).

December 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Early Pohl by Frederick Pohl (book review).

Inspired by his fellow Futurian’s book ‘The Early Asimov’, Fred Pohl persuaded publisher Doubleday to let him do the same thing but more modestly. Asimov’s large tome runs to several hundred pages and had to be divided into three for paperback publication. ‘The Early Pohl’ is just over 180 pages but contains the same mix […]

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Christmas Magic edited by David G. Hartwell (book review).

November 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Christmas Magic edited by David G. Hartwell (book review).

‘Christmas Magic’ is an anthology of Christmas stories suitable for the festive season. Many, not all, are suitable for children. Some have a dark or satirical twist. It’s a few years old but still available first and second-hand from the usual sources. The charming opener is ‘Scramblepipe Tries To Understand: The Gnomes Who Set Out […]

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