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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).

September 29, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
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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World Science Fiction 1 Visions To Preserve The Biodiversity Of The Future edited by Francesco Verso (book review).

September 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
World Science Fiction 1 Visions To Preserve The Biodiversity Of The Future edited by Francesco Verso (book review).

At a panel on translated fiction at the Dublin WorldCon, Francesco Verso was very passionate about creating opportunities for more Science Fiction from around the world to be translated into English and between numerous other languages. I met him briefly afterwards in the dealer hall. He is the founder of Future Fiction, an Italian organisation […]

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Spaceside (Planetside book 2) by Michael Mammay (book review).

September 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Spaceside (Planetside book 2) by Michael Mammay (book review).

Michael Mammay’s debut novel ‘Planetside’ was highly addictive and very impressive. It introduced us to Colonel Carl Butler, who was sent to investigate the disappearance of a counsellor’s son on far Cappa Three. The fallout of that mission forms the background to ‘Spaceside’, in which Butler is back home on Talca 4, in a corporate […]

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Ancestral Night (White Space: Book One) by Elizabeth Bear (book review).

August 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Ancestral Night (White Space: Book One) by Elizabeth Bear (book review).

A sentient salvage ship named Singer and its crew encounter ancient alien technology and evidence of a terrible crime in ‘Ancestral Night’, the first volume of Elizabeth Bear’s new space opera series ‘White Space’. It’s written in the first person in a cheery, informal voice presented as the record of Haimey Dz, the ship’s engineer. […]

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WorldCon Dublin 2019 (convention report)

August 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
WorldCon Dublin 2019  (convention report)

I’ve driven past the Dublin Convention Centre numerous times while I’ve been in Dublin on business, but this was my first time venturing into the huge glass edifice that features endless zigzagging escalators that seemingly reach for the stars. There were 6000 people expected at WorldCon, which meant it was almost impossible to find anyone […]

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The Redemption Of Time (A Three-Body Problem Novel) by Baoshu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

August 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Redemption Of Time (A Three-Body Problem Novel) by Baoshu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

The ‘Three Body’ trilogy was an epic tale of alien invasion, stunning large-concept feats of engineering, long-scale social development and tragic tales of the individuals caught up in events beyond their control. It was a cult phenomenon in China when first published and, like many popular books, spawned its own fan fiction. The best known […]

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