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Author Archive: Gareth D Jones

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AI 2041: Ten Visions For Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Quifan (book review).

September 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
AI 2041: Ten Visions For Our Future by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Quifan (book review).

One of the greatest challenges for a Science Fiction author is to write a story set twenty or so years in the future. It’s not close enough to be indistinguishable from today, it’s not far enough in the future that anything could be possible, but it is close enough that you can soon be proven […]

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Inhibitor Phase (Revelation Space book 7) by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

August 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Inhibitor Phase (Revelation Space book 7) by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

The arrival of a new ‘Revelation Space’ book from Alastair Reynolds is always quite an event and this is no exception. ‘Inhibitor Phase’ is intended to be readable as a standalone novel but, of course, there’s always more to appreciate about the story if you’ve read the other related books. The background is the same […]

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Cxin Liu’s YuanYuan’s Bubbles: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Steven Dupre (graphic novel review)

August 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cxin Liu’s YuanYuan’s Bubbles: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Steven Dupre  (graphic novel review)

Of the four graphic novels based on Cixin Liu’s stories that I’ve read so far, ‘YuanYuan’s Bubbles’ is the first one where I haven’t previously read the original story, so this was a new journey of discovery for me. Like the other titles in the series, it’s been adapted into a wonderfully entertaining and human […]

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Cixin Liu’s The Village Teacher: Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Zhang Xiaoyu (graphic novel review).

August 10, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cixin Liu’s The Village Teacher: Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Zhang Xiaoyu (graphic novel review).

The cover image for this graphic novel adaptation of Cixin Liu’s story ‘The Village Teacher’ seems very incongruous. The title brings to mind a quaint little village hall school scene, but the cover features an interstellar battle fleet destroying a planet. Oddly enough and not unusually for a Cixin Liu story, both entirely different scenarios […]

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Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger (book review).

August 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger (book review).

When an accident triggers an evacuation of the International Space Station, one of the astronauts decides to stay behind. Ignoring protocol and direct orders, Walli Beckwith remains on board and is soon branded a traitor and a pirate. Using her new-found notoriety to shine a spotlight on the wholesale destruction of the Amazon rainforest, her […]

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Cixin Liu’s The Wandering Earth by: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Stefano Raffaele (graphic novel review).

August 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cixin Liu’s The Wandering Earth by: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Stefano Raffaele (graphic novel review).

As part of the new series of graphic novels adaptations of Cixin Liu’s work, one of his best-known short stories, ‘The Wandering Earth’, has been adapted by Christophe Bec into a fabulous and sumptuous looking work. I read the original prose story in the collection of the same name and I’ve also seen the film, […]

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Cixin Liu’s Sea of Dreams: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Jok (graphic novel review).

August 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Cixin Liu’s Sea of Dreams: A Graphic Novel by Cixin Liu and Jok (graphic novel review).

Several of Cixin Liu’s novels and two short story collections have been translated into English and I’ve read all of them, as well as having the chance to meet him in person in London when he was over in the UK. As well as film and television series that have been rumoured, now several of […]

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This Is Our Undoing by Lorraine Wilson (book review).

August 3, 2021 | By | Reply More
This Is Our Undoing by Lorraine Wilson (book review).

It’s seldom that I’m stumped when coming to write a book review, but all I can think to say about Lorraine Wilson’s novel ‘This Is Our Undoing’ is that it is utterly wonderful. I’ll come back later when I’ve distilled my impressions into something coherent. Having drunk a cup of tea, I’m back to set […]

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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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