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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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Lawgiver Mk IV Convention, Bristol, Saturday 26 May 2018 (convention report).

August 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Lawgiver Mk IV Convention, Bristol, Saturday 26 May 2018 (convention report).

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this is a review of a convention that happened in late May, which is over two months ago now. Unfortunately, Judge Dredd was on patrol as I was leaving the con with my identical twin brother and arrested us both on suspicion of being mutant clones. We’ve […]

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We Are Where The Nightmares Go And Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

August 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
We Are Where The Nightmares Go And Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

I haven’t read a prose collection of horror short stories for a while, so when C. Robert Cargill’s new book was published in mid-June, I picked up a review copy enthusiastically. For those who haven’t heard of him, Cargill is an American horror writer with three novels to his credit, the latest of which, ‘Sea […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2018, Volume 134 # 736 (magazine review)

June 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2018, Volume 134 # 736  (magazine review)

I don’t always mention the art that graces the covers of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, so I’ll start this review by saying that I love the picture on the front of the March/April issue, beautifully painted by Cory and Catska Ench. It introduces us to the four main characters in the opening […]

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Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

April 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Until relatively recently, Adrian Tchaikovsky was known almost exclusively as a fantasy author, having produced the multi-volume epic fantasy series ‘Shadows Of The Apt’. More recently, though, he has successfully turned his hand to Science Fiction, winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016 for his hard SF novel ‘Children Of Time’. ‘Ironclads’ is a […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2018, Volume 134 #735.

The trouble with reviewing genre magazines is that they come out as regularly as clockwork, whether or not you’ve finished reading the previous issue. The March/April 2018 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is already staring at me from the top of my ‘To Be Read’ pile, so I should really get […]

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