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Vanguard (The Genesis Fleet book 1) by Jack Campbell (book review).

January 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
Vanguard (The Genesis Fleet book 1) by Jack Campbell (book review).

In the early days of Science Fiction, the ‘Pulp’ era, the main concern was action and adventure. There was a conceit that eventually ways would be found for ships to travel faster than light and the communications would be similarly instantaneous. No thought was given to what conditions would be like on board ship and […]

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The Stranger Times by C.K. McDonnell (book review).

January 14, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Stranger Times by C.K. McDonnell (book review).

‘The Stranger Times’ is the title of this humorous fantasy novel by C.K. McDonnell and also the name of a fictional newspaper in Manchester that features stories of the paranormal, often sent in by readers. Examples of these are scattered through the book and include: ‘Dawkins Is God’, ‘Ghost Of Bowie Keen To Record New […]

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Alan Dean Foster: science fiction author interview (video).

January 14, 2021 | By | Reply More
Alan Dean Foster: science fiction author interview (video).

Alan Dean Foster, the science fiction author behind many media tie-in novels as well as the fab Humanx Commonwealth Universe books, is interviewed about getting screwed for royalties by Disney after they purchased the Star Wars franchise, his thoughts on the relationship arc between Rey and Finn, and which Star Wars films he liked and […]

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Borderline: Hive Mind 4 by Janet Edwards (book review).

January 10, 2021 | By | Reply More
Borderline: Hive Mind 4 by Janet Edwards (book review).

It is important in any series of books, from a trilogy to a long running series, that as the characters age, they continue to develop but not to have too much of a complex backstory that jumping in at any point does not detract from the enjoyment of the plot. Janet Edwards is able to […]

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Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

January 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
Bear Head by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dogs Of War’ we were introduced to the world of bioforms, bio-enhanced intelligent animals developed to fight and to always obey. Things had changed by the end of that novel and now two of those characters, huge bear Honey and distributed intelligence Bees, are back in ‘Bear Head’. This time the action […]

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The Ruin Of Kings: Prophecy and Magic Combine in This Powerful Epic (A Chorus of Dragons) by Jenn Lyons (book review).

January 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Ruin Of Kings: Prophecy and Magic Combine in This Powerful Epic (A Chorus of Dragons) by Jenn Lyons (book review).

‘The Ruin Of Kings’ is book one in the ‘A Chorus Of Dragons’ series by Jenn Lyons. Kihrin is a bit of a likely lad who manages to get himself into the position where he has to rob the house of a rich lord. Unfortunately, this then drops him into all sorts of problems, not […]

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The Fantastic Art Of Rowena (book review).

January 3, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Fantastic Art Of Rowena (book review).

I like a challenge in finding things. A lot of the time I’m also very lucky at being at the right place at the right time. After reading ‘Illustrators’ and discovering I’d missed Rowena Morrill’s first book, I decided to track it down. There are still a lot of copies of the 1983 ‘The Fantastic […]

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Blood 20: Tales Of Vampire Horror by Tanith Lee (book review).

January 2, 2021 | By | Reply More
Blood 20: Tales Of Vampire Horror by Tanith Lee (book review).

‘Blood 20: Tales Of Vampire Horror’ is a collection of vampire stories written by Tanith Lee. Having heard of her but never read her work, I looked forward to getting a good sample here. The first story, ‘On Reflection’, is set in a desert outpost of the diminishing Roman Empire and starts with battalion commander […]

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Gallowglass by S.J. Morden (book review).

January 2, 2021 | By | Reply More
Gallowglass by S.J. Morden (book review).

‘Gallowglass’ by S.J. Morden is near future novel set at first on Earth, then later in space and on the Moon. Despite climate change making things difficult on Earth in 2069, the mega-rich have built fortresses for their families against both climate and intruders, make profits wherever they can, including asteroid mining, indulge in their […]

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The Sensuous Frazetta by J. David Spurlock and Frank Frazetta (book review).

December 30, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Sensuous Frazetta by J. David Spurlock and Frank Frazetta (book review).

As pointed out in the introduction, there was a gap from when Frank Frazetta turned from drawing comicbooks to his book covers. During that time, there was his output for 1960s men’s magazines. Don’t confuse this with them being pornographic and the term ‘sensuous’ is used to show women in a good light, although as […]

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