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Inscape by Louise Carey (book review)

January 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Inscape by Louise Carey  (book review)

Set in a high-tech future London that has been built on the ruins of its pre-meltdown predecessor, Louise Carey’s novel ‘Inscape’ is a sparkling mix of cyberpunk, espionage and post-apocalyptic social stratification. London and presumably the rest of the world is controlled by competing corporations, chiefy InTech and Thoughtfront who control one side of the […]

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Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

January 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dogs Of War’ we were introduced to the world of bioforms, bio-enhanced intelligent animals developed to fight and to always obey. Things had changed by the end of that novel and now two of those characters, huge bear Honey and distributed intelligence Bees, are back in ‘Bear Head’. This time the action […]

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London Centric: Tales Of Future London edited by Ian Whates (book review).

December 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
London Centric: Tales Of Future London edited by Ian Whates (book review).

In this new collection from NewCon Press, editor Ian Whates has drawn together tales of future Londons that range from near-future versions of the city that could be the city as we know it, to far-future glimpses of dazzling architecture and stunning technology. ‘London Centric’ is a real treat for fans of Urban SF and, […]

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The Evidence by Christopher Priest (book review).

November 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Evidence by Christopher Priest (book review).

We return to the enigmatic Dream Archipelago in Christopher Priest’s new novel ‘The Evidence’, the location of many of his novels and short stories. It’s a world of hundreds of islands in which strange things tend to happen and where Christopher Priest takes advantage of the temporal and gravitational anomalies to weave wondrous and multi-faceted […]

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Nucleation by Kimberley Unger (book review).

November 22, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Nucleation by Kimberley Unger (book review).

An intriguing blend of hard SF, corporate espionage and conspiracy theory, ‘Nucleation’ is a solidly enjoyable novel from Kimberley Unger that picks up several recognisable SF tropes and combines them into a relatable yet refreshing tale. Although the story involves wormholes, quantum entanglement and other high-tech concepts, the prose is perfectly accessible, throwing in jargon […]

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Hold Up The Sky by Cixin Liu (book review).

October 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Hold Up The Sky by Cixin Liu (book review).

Cixin Liu’s second English-language shorty story collection, ‘Hold Up The Sky’, comes to us via a selection of various translators, presenting stories from almost two decades of the Chines SF master’s work. His previous novels and collection have been translated by individual translators, so this time I decided that I would attempt to spot stylistic […]

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The Compelled by Adam Roberts and François Schuiten (ebook review).

September 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Compelled by Adam Roberts and François Schuiten (ebook review).

‘The Compelled’ is a gorgeous-looking e-book written by Adam Roberts with wonderfully atmospheric illustrations by François Schuiten that have an almost retro-Victorian look to them. The book is set in modern times, but I kept finding myself viewing it through steampunk goggles as I immersed myself in the world of the Compelled. This first book […]

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Two Tribes by Chris Beckett (book review).

August 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Two Tribes by Chris Beckett (book review).

There’s something comforting about starting a Chris Beckett novel. Not that the subject matter is necessarily comforting but, as soon as I delve into the first page, I feel in safe hands. I feel that the novel knows where it’s going, knows its own pace and is capable of whisking me there in perfect safety […]

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Zodiac (The Eco-Thriller) by Neal Stephenson (book review).

July 13, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Zodiac (The Eco-Thriller) by Neal Stephenson (book review).

Written in 1988 before the publication of his other various well-known, award-winning and huge novels, ‘Zodiac’ is Neal Stephenson’s fast-paced and irreverent eco-thriller that mixes organic chemistry with environmental campaigning and zany humour to produce an indefinable cocktail of a novel. The version of the book I received an ARC of Subterranean Press’s 2010 hardcover […]

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Stormblood by Jeremy Szal (book review).

June 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Stormblood by Jeremy Szal (book review).

I met Jeremy Szal briefly at WorldCon in Dublin last year. That’s all there is to that story I’m afraid. ‘Stormblood’ is his debut novel, a 500-page military, crime, action, slightly gothic, space opera thriller of epic scale and gritty detail. The front cover presents a futuristic Gotham-Cityesque panorama with the brooding figure of Vakov […]

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