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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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The Dead Next Door (1990) (2 Disk Collector’s Edition) (horror film review).

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Dead Next Door (1990) (2 Disk Collector’s Edition) (horror film review).

‘The Dead Next Door’ is a low budget American zombie horror movie from 1990. It represents the debut of writer/producer/director J.R. Bookwalter, then aged 19. Twenty-five years later, Bookwalter raised enough money through a crowdfunding exercise to restore the film in 2K and this ‘Collector’s Edition’ is the result, offering new versions of the movie […]

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Psychomania (1973) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

February 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Psychomania (1973) (DVD/Blu-ray film review).

‘Psychomania’ is a low budget cult British horror film directed by Don Sharp and first released in 1973. It has been remastered and re-released by the British Film Institute on a Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray packed with extras. Is it worth watching again some forty-five years on, like the best ‘Morecambe and Wise Christmas […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2017, Volume 133 # 734 (magazine review).

January 19, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2017, Volume 133 # 734 (magazine review).

The last issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2017 includes one novella, five novelettes, three short stories, a poem, five articles, a competition and an index of everything published in the magazine during 2017. I’ll review them in order of length below. The longest piece in this issue is Marc Laidlaw’s […]

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The Days Of Tao by Wesley Chu (book review).

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Days Of Tao by Wesley Chu (book review).

‘The Days Of Tao’ is the fourth episode of Wesley Chu’s series of Science Fiction stories based around the alien creature called Tao. The previous three books were all full-length novels, whereas this is a novella, available in a limited-edition run of one thousand signed and numbered hardback copies from specialist publisher Subterranean Press. If […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017, Volume 133 #733 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2017, Volume 133 #733 (magazine review).

The September/October 2017 issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ marks the 68th anniversary of the periodical’s first publication. To mark the occasion they have published ‘The Hermit Of Houston’, the first piece of SF to be produced by genre legend Samuel R. Delany in a decade, as well as being his first […]

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