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Defender: Hive Mind 2 by Janet Edwards (book review).

November 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Defender: Hive Mind 2 by Janet Edwards (book review).

One of the biggest problems in creating a future society is to balance the need to tell an exciting story and the desire to expound the benefits and doubts that the society offers. A perceived utopia is a bigger problem than a tyranny. There is also a need to balance the constraints of the type […]

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Science fiction novelist Jeremy Szal signs with Gollancz.

November 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Science fiction novelist Jeremy Szal signs with Gollancz.

Agent to the stars, John Jarrold, has concluded a three-book World Rights deal for Australian debut science fiction novelist Jeremy Szal with Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director of Gollancz. The first book is Stormblood: Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper, a bio-enhanced soldier fighting for the intergalactic governing body of Harmony against a brutal invading […]

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The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards (book review).

November 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards (book review).

‘The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors’ is a large collection of modern weird tales. There are so many I’ll just have to pick out a few highlights. If a story isn’t mentioned, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, just that the review should be shorter than the book. Like an army besieging a late […]

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H.G. Wells: The Collection by H.G. Wells (book review).

November 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
H.G. Wells: The Collection by H.G. Wells (book review).

H.G. Wells is perhaps the classic late Victorian Science Fiction writer. But while some of his novels remain quite familiar, his shorter stories have unfortunately been overlooked. It is therefore very pleasing to find that this anthology not only includes his four most famous novels and novellas, but several of the more highly regarded short […]

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NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual by David Baker (book review).

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual by David Baker (book review).

Contrary to the title, ‘NASA 1958 Onwards: Operation Manual’, the USA’s interest in space flight goes back as far as 1915 when they formed a more informal National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics (NACA). It was also the US Navy who took this flying thing that the Wright brothers were doing more seriously. The nature of […]

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Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

October 30, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

The difficulty with this sort of book for the fan/reviewer is how to describe it without summarising it. While reading I jotted down interesting facts and ended up with seventeen pages of notes which, if I put them down here, would spoil the book for you. The names in the title are familiar to any […]

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Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide To The Wonders Of The Universe by Iris Gottlieb (book review).

October 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide To The Wonders Of The Universe by Iris Gottlieb (book review).

My first thoughts when I opened Iris Gottlieb’s book, ‘Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide To The Wonders Of The Universe’ is that it was primarily for a junior audience. Nothing wrong with that. We often review books that might be useful for your sprogs. However, I would also include anyone who needs the concepts of […]

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Doctor Who: TARDIS Type 40 Instruction Manual by Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, illustrated by Bavin Rymill (book review).

October 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: TARDIS Type 40 Instruction Manual by Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, illustrated by Bavin Rymill (book review).

The title ‘Doctor Who: TARDIS Type 40 Instruction Manual’ should give away what this book is about. Written by Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, the illustrations by Bavin Rymill cover areas where the photographs don’t cover. There’s also enough measurements for you to build your own control consoles, depending which Doctor’s version you prefer. The […]

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Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition) by Pamela Douglas (book review).

October 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition) by Pamela Douglas (book review).

Having started this book, ‘Writing The TV Drama Series (4th edition)’ by Pamela Douglas, I have to address why I didn’t read the three earlier editions. I think I mistook it to be about standard dramas rather than including our genre. As it turns out, Pamela Douglas regularly mentions many genre shows. The important point […]

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Dogs Of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

October 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Dogs Of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Rex is a bio-engineered dog designed for war, given limited autonomy to command his small troop of other creatures and sent out into the anarchy of the civil war raging through Mexico. His world is quite straightforward: kill enemies, don’t kill friends and obey orders. When it starts to become unclear who falls into which […]

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