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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

June 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

For anyone who doesn’t already know his work, Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-respected living authors of hard Science Fiction in the world, perhaps most famous for his detailed depiction of the process of colonising another planet in his award-winning ‘Mars’ trilogy (1992-1996). ‘Aurora’ comes from the same vein of realistic space […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

May 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

The January/February 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ includes a novella, two novelettes and eight short stories, as well as the usual mix of non-fiction. I’ll review a selection of the pieces, starting with the longest item, the fantasy novella ‘The City Of Lost Desire’. This is Phyllis Eisenstein’s latest outing […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018, Volume 135 #739 (magazine review).

April 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018, Volume 135 #739 (magazine review).

I’ve been reading my copies of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ out of order recently, so this review of the September/October 2018 issue comes out some weeks behind my review of the November/December one. Normal service will be resumed shortly, I promise. There are 3 novelettes, 8 short stories, a poem and 6 […]

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Dislocations (The Kon-Tiki Quartet #1) by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

February 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dislocations (The Kon-Tiki Quartet #1) by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

Eric Brown has a history of writing tetralogies of linked Science Fiction novellas for PS Publishing with recent examples including the ‘Starship Seasons’ quartet (2007-2012) and the ‘Telemass Quartet’ (2014-2017). ‘Dislocations’ is the first volume in another such series, he Kon-Tiki Quartet’, first published in April 2018. This time, though, Brown has written it in […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2018, Volume 135 #740 (magazine review).

February 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2018, Volume 135 #740 (magazine review).

After a rather hectic Christmas and New Year period, I’m finally catching up with writing reviews I started several weeks ago, including this one of the November/December 2018 copy of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’. This issue includes 4 novelettes, 7 short stories, a poem and the usual mix of non-fiction, as well […]

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Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

January 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame’ is the final volume in a trilogy of ‘mosaic’ novels put together by acclaimed horror editor Stephen Jones between 2010 and 2014, using contributions from some of the genre’s best-known names including Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Peter Crowther, Jo Fletcher and Michael Marshall Smith, along with other writers not normally associated with […]

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) (DVD film review).

January 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) (DVD film review).

I have been a fan of Science Fiction for over four decades. Over that time, though, I have almost exclusively read stories written in English. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve realised how much SF I’ve been missing out on because it was originally published in another language. After reading an excellent […]

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The Spacetime Pit Plus Two by Stephen Baxter and Eric Brown (book review).

November 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Spacetime Pit Plus Two by Stephen Baxter and Eric Brown (book review).

I’ve been a fan of Eric Brown’s character-based Science Fiction and Stephen Baxter’s hard SF stories for many years but had no idea that these two luminaries of British SF had ever collaborated. So when I heard that the small press Infinity Plus Books was bringing out ‘The Spacetime Pit Plus Two’, a book collection […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2018, Volume 135 #738 (magazine review).

September 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2018, Volume 135 #738 (magazine review).

The first thing to note about the July/August issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is the wonderfully retro-cover painting. Bob Eggleton’s ‘Big Mars’ shows a 1950s-style angular rocketship sitting vertically on the craggy surface of Deimos, the smaller of Mars’ two moons, while the sky above is dominated by a huge Mars, […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2018, Volume 134 #737 (magazine review).

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2018, Volume 134 #737 (magazine review).

I’m a bit behind with my reviews of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, so this time I’ll focus in on my highlights from the May/June issue, rather than covering everything as I usually do. For the sake of completeness, though, this issue included five novelettes, six short stories and eight articles. Before I […]

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