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Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees announced for 2018.

May 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees announced for 2018.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature have just announced their 32nd annual shortlist for 2018, which include: Sea of Rust — C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz). Dreams Before the Start of Time — Anne Charnock (47North). American War — Omar El Akkad (Picador). Spaceman of Bohemia — Jaroslav Kalfař (Sceptre). Gather the Daughters — Jennie Melamed (Tinder Press). Borne — Jeff VanderMeer (4th Estate). Award […]

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Talisman Of Earth by A.S. Deller (book review).

May 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Talisman Of Earth by A.S. Deller (book review).

‘Talisman Of Earth’ is the debut book from the author A.S. Deller, so I’m not going to be as hard on it as I might. Why am I saying that? Well the PR blurb about the book says, ‘Flung thousands of light years distant in a terrible accident, the crew of the Talisman must make […]

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From Distant Stars (book 2) by Sam Peters (book review).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
From Distant Stars (book 2) by Sam Peters (book review).

Sam Peters’ 2017 debut novel ‘From Darkest Skies’ was one of those addictive books that I didn’t want to put down, filled as it was with mystery and intrigue, conspiracies and dangers. His follow-up novel, ‘From Distant Stars’, does not disappoint, taking us straight back into the action with agent Keon Rause, an investigator on […]

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Backwater Planet: a short story by GF Willmetts.

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Backwater Planet: a short story by GF Willmetts.

When we sent out generation starships, we don’t expect to see them come back. More so, this was one of the earliest ones. Didn’t even have humans on-board. Just a contingent of primates. Chimpanzees in fact. Bonobos if you want to be precise. A space-buoy had signalled when it was 300 years out to say […]

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Kin (scifi movie trailer).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Kin (scifi movie trailer).

Kin‘s a SF movie set in the current day about a young teenager in a dodgy urban environment with a criminal low-life family who finds a mysterious alien weapon (well, either alien or left by time travellers – jury is still out), and proceeds to use it to right a few wrongs. This one stars […]

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How Can Anything Be Out Of Date In Science Fiction: an article of probabilities by GF Willmetts.

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
How Can Anything Be Out Of Date In Science Fiction: an article of probabilities by GF Willmetts.

OK, let’s repeat the question from the title: How can anything be out of date in Science Fiction? Actually, it’s very easy when it’s based on scientific information. The basic laws, like thermodynamics and evolution, aren’t likely to change. Observed phenomenon is more likely as our instruments become more refined and our computer processing power […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

On Spec # 107 contains seven short stories, a poetic tribute to Ursula Le Guin, another poem, two interviews, an editorial and a report on Can-Con 2017. As usual, I’ll focus on the fiction. Parson has an odd power in ‘When Winter Comes’ by Hayden Trenholm. People want to please him. Ever since he was […]

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The Infinet (Trivial Game Book 1) by John Akers (book review).

April 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Infinet (Trivial Game Book 1) by John Akers (book review).

‘The Infinet’ is both speculative Science Fiction and a thriller, set in the not-too-distant future. One company, Omnitech Industries, has grown to be the most profitable technical company in the world. It’s all due to the success of their Univiz product which allows people to interact with computers in a completely new way. It’s essentially […]

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The Backworlds (book 1) by M. Pax (ebook review).

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Backworlds (book 1) by M. Pax (ebook review).

Every now and then a book comes along that’s a real pleasure to read and ‘The Backworlds’ by M. Pax is a fine example of such a book. It’s not a long story and it’s not a very complicated plot but it is very well-written. The author has clearly spent some time thinking about the […]

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The Rain (Netflix trailer).

April 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Rain (Netflix trailer).

Another trailer for The Rain from Netflix, in which a brutal rain-borne virus wipes out most of the population, and two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. Looks like some worthy YA-style post apocalyptic guff. Streaming May 4th 2018 and ineligible for totally nothing on the awards front. Oh well.

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