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Origins: How The Earth Made Us by Lewis Dartnell (book review).

March 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Origins: How The Earth Made Us by Lewis Dartnell (book review).

I hope we’re all aware of how early Man, Homo erectus, spread out from Africa but have you wondered how the ecology affected all of this, especially as it also encompassed several Ice Ages. With Lewis Dartnell’s latest book, ‘Origins: How The Earth Made Us’, you get to see this. All species grow and diverge […]

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Mars by Rod Pyle (book review).

March 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Mars by Rod Pyle (book review).

Mars is the planet most like the Earth in terms of environmental conditions and the one that holds most tightly to popular imagination. When HG Wells published his ‘War Of The Worlds’ in 1897, scientists couldn’t quite resolve surface details through the telescopes of the time and some believed they could see canals criss-crossing the […]

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The World Of Dinosaurs by Dr. Mark Norell (book review).

March 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
The World Of Dinosaurs by Dr. Mark Norell (book review).

It wasn’t that long ago that everyone ‘s idea of what dinosaurs looked like was limited to comparisons with the slow, sluggish reptiles of today. Robert Bakker and the Dinosaur Renaissance began transforming them into the dynamic animals we saw in ‘Jurassic Park’. But as alert and agile as these new dinosaurs seem, they’re still […]

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Outcasts of Order (Saga Of Recluce) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

March 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Outcasts of Order (Saga Of Recluce) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

On Eightday morning, I rose early and decided it was time to write the review of ‘Outcasts Of Order’ by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. After washing, I had a light breakfast of cheesed eggs with a few strips of ham accompanied by a small beaker of ale. My consort went off to do her work as […]

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The Fell Sword (book 2) by Miles Cameron (book review).

March 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Fell Sword (book 2) by Miles Cameron (book review).

Before the advent of computer games to occupy the waking hours of children, the imagination was allowed to create stories for the toys they played with. Even the Brontës honed their writing skills by creating a fantasyland, complete with maps as background to their tales. Many a potential author does this as a first step […]

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Sci-Fi Art Now by John Freeman (book review).

March 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Sci-Fi Art Now by John Freeman (book review).

Finding some time to fit in books from what I bought over a couple years ago, I started with this one, ‘Sci-Fi Art Now’ by John Freeman. ‘By Now’ is actually 9 years ago but that has no bearing as art is good whatever the age. Once past the introductions by Chris Foss and John […]

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The Archived (The Archived book 1) by Victoria Schwab (book review).

March 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Archived (The Archived book 1) by Victoria Schwab (book review).

‘The Archived’ is book one in the ‘The Archived Series’ by Victoria Schwab, who also writes as V.E. Schwab when writing her adult novels. The Archive is a place that all souls go to after death to be stored as Histories. Mackenzie Bishop is a young girl who makes sure that they stay there and […]

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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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Broken Stars edited and translated by Ken Liu (book review).

February 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Broken Stars edited and translated by Ken Liu (book review).

Like much of the Science Fiction community, I’ve become very excited about Chinese Science Fiction of late. I read Ken Liu’s first collection of translated works, ‘Invisible Planets’, and the four Liu Cixin novels that have been translated so far, as well as meeting Liu Cixin for an interview. This new collection ‘Broken Stars’, which […]

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The Expanding Art Of Comics by Thierry Groensteen translated by Ann Miller (book review).

February 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Expanding Art Of Comics by Thierry Groensteen translated by Ann Miller (book review).

The sub-title of the book ‘The Expanding Art Of Comics’ is ‘Ten Modern Masterpieces’ which should give away the nature of this material. French writer Thierry Groensteen treats this globally so don’t expect the usual candidates, well, other than ‘Watchmen’. I also have a feeling, you’ll be like me, and not know most of the […]

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