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Insights: The Kon-Tiki Quartet, Part Three by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Insights: The Kon-Tiki Quartet, Part Three by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

I reviewed the first two volumes in Eric Brown and Keith Brooke’s jointly written ‘Kon-Tiki Quartet’ of novellas about interstellar colonisation, ‘Dislocations’ and ‘Parasites’, here in February and August 2019 respectively. I’ve now caught up with the third volume, ‘Insights’. PS Publishing have done the same excellent job on the book’s production and presentation, as […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2019, Volume 137 #745 (magazine review).

March 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2019, Volume 137 #745 (magazine review).

It’s hard to believe that ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ has been in existence for over seven decades and yet the September/October 2019 issue marked the 70th anniversary of its first publication. To celebrate this impressive achievement, editor Charlie Finlay filled the magazine with some seriously heavyweight content, including Michael Moorcock’s debut piece […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2019, Volume 137 #744 (magazine review).

February 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2019, Volume 137 #744 (magazine review).

The editorial team at ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ are rather good at commissioning interesting cover art. With the July/August 2019 issue, they’ve outdone themselves, at least for a pulp SF fan like me. The picture, ‘Robots Invade!’ was produced on spec by Mondolithic Studios, rather than to illustrate a story already accepted […]

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Fantasm Presents #1: George A. Romero (magazine review).

February 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Fantasm Presents #1: George A. Romero (magazine review).

The world of zombie horror films lost arguably its greatest ever proponent in July 2017 when producer/director George A. Romero died of lung cancer at the age of seventy-seven. Later that year Fantasm Media, a new publishing company created by people who used to work on the famous horror mag ‘Fangoria’, published a magazine, planned […]

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Zombillenium Volume 4: Royal Witchcraft by Arthur de Pins (graphic novel review).

January 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Zombillenium Volume 4: Royal Witchcraft by Arthur de Pins (graphic novel review).

I’ve read quite a few graphic novels featuring zombies over recent years, so my question for any new one is always going to be what’s fresh or different about it. Thankfully, in the case of the latest volume in Arthur de Pins’ ‘Zombillenium’ series, the answer’s clear. It’s set in and around a theme park […]

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Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London by Kate Hodges, Tree Carr and Brian Rau (mapbook review)

December 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London by Kate Hodges, Tree Carr and Brian Rau  (mapbook review)

Herb Lester Associates are not a traditional book publisher. They mostly produce artistically designed short travel guides and associated materials for those going on city breaks. ‘Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London’ is a case in point. It comes in a rather attractive slimline printed card envelope, inside of which there are two items. […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

November 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

The May/June 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ contains a novella, three novelettes, six short stories, two poems and seven non-fiction articles. I’ll focus here on my highlights, starting with the excellent cover image. It was painted by Cory and Catska Ench and accompanies Lavie Tidhar’s SF novella, ‘New Atlantis’, and […]

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Elevation by Stephen King (book review).

September 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Elevation by Stephen King (book review).

To the general public, Stephen King is a writer of horror novels like ‘Carrie’, ‘The Shining’ and ‘It’, each of which has subsequently reached a much larger audience via film and television. Readers of SFCrowsnest will, I trust, be much more aware of the huge volume and variety of King’s work, which ranges well beyond […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2019, Volume 136 #742 (magazine review).

September 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2019, Volume 136 #742 (magazine review).

The March/April 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ contains a bumper crop of pieces, including a novella, three novelettes, eight short stories, two poems and six articles. I’ll highlight a selection of my favourites. The longest item here is R.S. Benedict’s fantasy novella ‘All Of Me’, which follows the complicated fortunes […]

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Parasites: The Kon-Tiki Quartet: Part Two by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

August 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Parasites: The Kon-Tiki Quartet: Part Two by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

Back in February, I reviewed ‘Dislocations’, the first volume in a quartet of novellas jointly written by British SF authors Eric Brown and Keith Brooke. I’ve now caught up with the second volume, ‘Parasites’. The story is set one hundred years later on as the Kon-Tiki spacecraft which was launched at the end of ‘Dislocations’ […]

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