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Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

After centuries of mankind’s increasing reliance on robots, they turn on their makers and wipe them out. That’s not what this book is about though. In ‘Sea Of Rust’ we find out what happens next when robotkind and the huge AIs that helped them win their freedom are left to themselves. C. Robert Cargill has […]

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Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

The difficulty with time travel stories is that it’s very easy to tie yourself in knots whilst trying to make the plot interesting. Robert Charles Wilson makes it clear early in the plot how endless paradoxes and recursive loops are to be avoided. This by the fact that an alternative history is created when time-travellers […]

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The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts (book review).

August 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts (book review).

It’s a nearish-future world in Adam Roberts’ latest novel ‘The Real-Town Murders’, wherein a large proportion of people spend a large proportion of their time in the Shine, an immersive Internet/virtual reality world where everything is better and more convenient than the Real-Town. For those like Alma, a private detective who specialises in Real-Town sleuthing, […]

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Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher (book review).

August 18, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher (book review).

It was a quiet afternoon in my office when the parcel landed on my desk with a thud. Brown cardboard, clear sticky tape and address handwritten in black ink. I knew exactly what it was and where it came from. A review copy of ‘Killing Is My Business’ by Adam Christopher. The day had suddenly […]

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Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait (book review)

July 27, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait   (book review)

In the middle of the twenty-first century, war and drought still ravage Africa and millions of people are displaced and heading towards an unwelcoming Europe. Giant energy corporations battle over profits and governments struggle to provide answers to any of mankind’s problems while Jihadis run rampage over much of Northern Africa. Despite all of these […]

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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

It’s airships and rifles in a kind of Napoleonic-era war in the steampunkish debut novel ‘The Guns Above’ by Robyn Bennis. Other than the steam engines mounted on the airships and the mention of trains, there’s little of the traditional Victorian steampunk ethos in this book. But there’s plenty of adventure, grittiness and sarcastic comments […]

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The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu (book review).

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu (book review).

After reading Cixin Liu’s ‘Three-Body’ trilogy last year and subsequently meeting him in person for an interview, I have been looking forward to reading his first translated short fiction collection, ‘The Wandering Earth’. Three of his short stories were published in English in the Ken Liu edited volume ‘Invisible Planets’, but only one of those […]

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Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

‘Dark Run’ is the debut novel by Mike Brooks with a book full of dodgy space bars, roguishly heroic smuggler captains and assorted crewmembers with dubious pasts, mechanically augmented humans and seedy underground dwellings. You may be thinking that this all sounds like the ingredients for a standard and possibly clichéd rip-roaring, gritty space opera. […]

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The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

‘The Collapsing Empire’ is the first book in a new series by award-winning author John Scalzi and the first of his books that I’ve read. The setting is a far-flung interstellar empire know as the Interdependency, over a thousand years in the future, where planets are connected via poorly-understood faster-than-light conduits known as the Flow. […]

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Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin (book review).

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin (book review).

Unlike the rest of the Earth’s population, I have neither read nor watched ‘Game Of Thrones’, not being a fan of fantasy, though I did once see George RR Martin in passing at EasterCon. I did read two of George RR Martin’s Science Fiction books years ago: ‘Windhaven’ and ‘Tuff Voyaging’, the latter of which […]

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