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Author Archive: Gareth D Jones

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War Of The Maps by Paul McAuley (book review).

March 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
War Of The Maps by Paul McAuley (book review).

There’s a real sense of wonder right from the beginning of Paul McAuley’s new novel ‘War Of The Maps’. Set in the far, far future among an ancient, worn-out civilisation on an artificially created world, it seemed first of all medieval, then maybe Wild West or possibly a little bit steampunk. There’s a hint of […]

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Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (book review).

February 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (book review).

Translated from the German by Jamie Lee Searle, ‘Qualityland’ is Marc-Uwe Kling’s satirical novel of a future where everything is controlled by algorithms. Set in a European country now known as Qualityland, it’s like living inside Google: adverts, deliveries, partners, jobs and every other aspect of each person’s life is assessed, rated, personalised and provided […]

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The Cruel Stars (The Cruel Stars Trilogy book 1) by John Birmingham (book review).

February 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Cruel Stars (The Cruel Stars Trilogy book 1) by John Birmingham (book review).

When I decided to jot down my initial impressions of John Birmingham’s ‘The Cruel Stars’, I was surprised to find myself half-way through the 480 page book already. This was not because I had been reading particularly fast but because I didn’t feel like much had yet happened. This is one of the features of […]

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Visions #2: Visions Of Humanity (magazine review).

January 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
Visions #2: Visions Of Humanity (magazine review).

The second issue of ‘Visions’ magazine landed on the doormat with a solid thud: a chunky, serious-looking magazine of 256 pages in red, black and white with monochrome illustrations, innovative fonts and unconventional layout. I had been very impressed with the first single-themed issue when it came out earlier in the year, so I was […]

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Radicalized by Cory Doctorow (book review).

December 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Radicalized by Cory Doctorow (book review).

Don’t you hate it when technology tells you what to do? My car keeps telling me what gear to change into. It’s so annoying! If I wanted my car to tell me what gear to change into I’d have bought an automatic! I know how to drive a car without being told what gear to […]

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Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald (book review).

November 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald (book review).

Things are changing on the Moon as the third volume of Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy, ‘Moon Rising’ kicks off. The remaining four Dragons of the Moon and their powerful and rich families are still plotting and fighting amongst themselves while the remains of the Corta family live in exile and fear in several supposedly safe […]

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Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald (book review).

November 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald (book review).

The second volume of Ian McDonald’s ‘Luna’ trilogy follows on directly from the events of ‘New Moon’, chronicling the fallout from the tumultuous events of its conclusion and following the various family members from the Moon’s five major families. It seems to be a more thoughtful and considered book, less hectic than the first volume […]

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The Supernova Era by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

October 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Supernova Era by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Cixin Liu returns with another enthralling novel in ‘The Supernova Era’. Well, he only returns in English as the original Chinese version was published before his well-known ‘Three Body Trilogy’ made his big break into the English market. This novel has the same studiously well-thought-out plot and situation, the same attention to detail and a […]

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Luna: New Moon (book 1) by Ian McDonald (book review).

October 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Luna: New Moon (book 1) by Ian McDonald (book review).

I’ve read Ian McDonald’s short story ‘The Fifth Dragon’ a couple of times, a story set in the early days of moon colonisation that sets the scene for the five big family corporations who dominate the lunar economy. It was intriguing enough that I wanted to read the trilogy of ‘Luna’ novels that follow on […]

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The New Voices Of Science Fiction edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman (book review).

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The New Voices Of Science Fiction edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman (book review).

The editors, Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman, of this new anthology, ‘The New Voices Of Science Fiction’ have set out to present the new, up-and-coming authors who they expect to see more of in the coming years. Some of them are names I’m already familiar with and others are completely new to me. I’m always […]

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