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Arkady Martine: sci-fi author interview (audio).

July 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
Arkady Martine: sci-fi author interview (audio).

Here’s an audio interview with the author Arkady Martine, whose first scifi novel, A Memory Called Empire, published in 2019, is the beginning of her Teixcalaan series (read our review of the tome here … https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/a-memory-called-empire-teixcalaan-series-book-1-by-arkady-martine/ ). It is set in a future where the Teixcalaanli empire governs most of human space, and is about […]

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Superheroes! by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor (book review).

July 30, 2020 | By | Reply More
Superheroes! by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor (book review).

From the introduction to ‘Superheroes!’ by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor, this is a companion book to the American PBS 3-part documentary series ‘Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle’, which I can’t recall being shown in the UK back in 2013, the release date of this book. A quick look on-line and the DVD is out there […]

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Blood Orbit (A Gattis File Novel) by K.R. Richardson (book review).

July 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Blood Orbit (A Gattis File Novel) by K.R. Richardson (book review).

‘Blood Orbit’ by K. R. Richardson is ‘A Gattis File’ novel. Eric Matheson has left his rich powerful family behind and is ‘five months and six days’ out of the police academy. He has been sent to the planet Gattis where the Gattis Corporation runs the law enforcement. This is reflected in their titles: an […]

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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson with illustrations by Ben McSweeney (book review).

July 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson with illustrations by Ben McSweeney (book review).

In ‘The Rithmatist’ by Brandon Sanderson, sixteen year-old Joel Saxon is a student at the prestigious Armedius Academy nursing a secret ambition to become a ‘Rithmatist’, the defenders of the country from the wild chalklings of Nebrask. The only problem is he can never be one. The Rithmatists gain their power, the ability to attack […]

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Tied In: The Business, History And Craft Of Media Tie-In Writing Kindle Edition (ebook review).

July 21, 2020 | By | Reply More
Tied In: The Business, History And Craft Of Media Tie-In Writing Kindle Edition (ebook review).

I happened across the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers through an advert on Facebook, no doubt sent my way by its clever algorithms, went to the website and found this book. It was cheap enough and I was curious as the craft interests me. Yes, craft. One does not speak of ‘art’ in this […]

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Uranus (Outer Planets Trilogy book 1) by Ben Bova (book review).

July 21, 2020 | By | Reply More
Uranus (Outer Planets Trilogy book 1) by Ben Bova (book review).

‘Uranus’ by Ben Bova is the first novel in the ‘Outer Planets Trilogy’. Uranus is the seventh planet in our Solar System but, unlike the other gas giants, its ocean has been sterilised of life. It becomes a backwater where nobody wanted to go ‘until the self-styled Reverend Kyle Umber conceived his plan of building […]

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Best Of British Science Fiction 2019 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

July 15, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Best Of British Science Fiction 2019 edited by Donna Scott (book review).

The best of British is an old-fashioned sort of concept now, especially in the days of coronavirus as the four nations of the not so United Kingdom deal with it in distinctive ways. I grew up British but we have separated over the years which saddens me so I’m glad to see the notion preserved […]

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Fantasy novel by Neil Williamson, Queen of Clouds. to come out from NewCon Press (book news).

July 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Fantasy novel by Neil Williamson, Queen of Clouds. to come out from NewCon Press (book news).

Ian Whates, Publisher at NewCon Press, has acquired printed book and ebook rights in the fantastical novel Queen of Clouds by Neil Williamson, which will be published early in 2022. Neil told SFcrowsnest, “I’m delighted to be working with Ian Whates and NewCon Press again. They did such an outstanding job with The Moon King […]

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Zodiac (The Eco-Thriller) by Neal Stephenson (book review).

July 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Zodiac (The Eco-Thriller) by Neal Stephenson (book review).

Written in 1988 before the publication of his other various well-known, award-winning and huge novels, ‘Zodiac’ is Neal Stephenson’s fast-paced and irreverent eco-thriller that mixes organic chemistry with environmental campaigning and zany humour to produce an indefinable cocktail of a novel. The version of the book I received an ARC of Subterranean Press’s 2010 hardcover […]

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Jeffrey Jones: A Life In Art (book review).

July 10, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jeffrey Jones: A Life In Art (book review).

Getting hold of ‘Jeffrey Jones: A Life In Art’ as a sample of his/her work was tough enough and this was a second edition. With this book, Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944-2011) explained in his own words his history and transgender issues. I’m going to stick to the feminine pronoun from here in. It gets confusing […]

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