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Author Archive: Gareth D Jones

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An interview with Louise Johnson, Translator of Andrea Víctrix, by Gareth D Jones (interview).

July 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
An interview with Louise Johnson, Translator of Andrea Víctrix, by Gareth D Jones (interview).

Q: It seems you’ve been a fan of Llorenç Villalonga for quite a number of years. How did you come to end up translating ‘Andrea Víctrix’? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do? I’m not sure I’d say I’m a ‘fan’! He’s a complex character who for very good reasons hasn’t always found favour, […]

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Andrea Víctrix by Llorenç Villalonga (book review).

July 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Andrea Víctrix by Llorenç Villalonga (book review).

Hailed as a classic of dystopian literature in Catalan, Llorenç Villalonga’s 1974 novel ‘Andrea Víctrix’ has now been translated into English for the first time and published by specialist small press Fum D’Estampa Press. It’s the story of a man, the unnamed narrator, who was cryogenically frozen in 1965 and who wakes up in 2050 […]

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This Eden by Ed O’Loughlin (book review).

June 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
This Eden by Ed O’Loughlin (book review).

Michael is a struggling engineering student whose girlfriend, Alice, is a coder and is working on a mysterious project for a big Silicon Valley corporation. When she dies, that same corporation offers him a job, though he doesn’t really know why. With the job come secrets, industrial espionage and shadowy figures from Alice’s other life […]

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The Dalliances Of Monsieur D’Haricot by Barbara Stevenson (book review).

June 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Dalliances Of Monsieur D’Haricot by Barbara Stevenson (book review).

As soon as I saw the cover of ‘The Dalliances Of Monsieur D’Haricot’, I knew I wanted to read it. A dapper Frenchman on what I assumed, erroneously it turned out, to be a steampunk bicycle. It reminded me of my childhood reading of the ‘Agaton Sax’ books. Monsieur D’Haricot is a French secret agent […]

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Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

May 20, 2021 | By | Reply More
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

In 2017’s ‘Sea Of Rust’, C. Robert Cargill told a tale of the far future where purpose-built robots struggle to survive once they no longer have a purpose, having wiped out humanity to gain their freedom. In the prequel, ‘Day Zero’ we go back to the beginning, to the incident that triggered robotkind to turn […]

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Radio Life by Derek B. Miller (book review)

April 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
Radio Life by Derek B. Miller  (book review)

In a post-apocalyptic future several centuries from now, various tribes live in uneasy co-existence, their philosophies differing as to whether it’s best to recover ancient knowledge to improve their lives or make sure that knowledge is forgotten forever so as not to bring destruction on the Earth once more. Some are traders, some travellers and […]

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Nova Hellas: Stories From Future Greece edited by Francesca T Barbini & Francesco Verso (book review)

March 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Nova Hellas: Stories From Future Greece edited by Francesca T Barbini & Francesco Verso  (book review)

The 2017 anthology ‘Stories From Future Athens’ has been translated into English and a couple of additional stories added for the anthology ‘Nova Hellas: Stories From Future Greece’ from Scottish small press Luna Press, edited by two Italian editors, Francesca T Barbini and Francesco Verso. The collection has also been translated into Italian, making this […]

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Seven Devils (book 1 of 2) by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam (book review).

March 17, 2021 | By | Reply More
Seven Devils (book 1 of 2) by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam (book review).

A ruthless empire strives to conquer every planet and destroy every alien race, controlling its subjects and ensuring their loyalty through indoctrination and conditioning. On a remote planet, a beleaguered rebellion plots to withstand them. Elizabeth May and Laura Lam have cooked up an entertaining twist on the ‘galactic empire versus rebels’ trope in the […]

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Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

February 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

In the far distant future, a group of long-lived humans take a 40 light year flight aboard the starship Forward to investigate an interesting feature detected on the planet V538 Aurigae. The craft is also a generation ship for what appears to be a sub-species of human and briefly reminded me of ‘Non-Stop’ by Brian […]

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The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey (book review in situ).

February 17, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey (book review in situ).

EMAIL From: Geoff Willmetts, SF Crowsnest To: Gareth D Jones Hi Gareth, here’s a new book for you to review: ‘The Future Is Yours’ by Dan Frey. It’s written as a series of emails, texts, transcripts, reports etc. REPLY Hi Geoff, sounds great – I like that kind of thing. I’ve read (and written) quite […]

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