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Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know: Conspiracy Theories That Won’t Go Away by David Southwell and Graeme Donald (book review).

July 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know: Conspiracy Theories That Won’t Go Away by David Southwell and Graeme Donald (book review).

Conspiracy plots tend to be border-line with SF these days, more so as so much SF is far into the future than current times. Then again, with at least 18 months to 2 years before a book sees print, any modern day conspiracy plot can quickly become dated these days if you want to include […]

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The Quanderhorn Xperimentations by Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall (book review).

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The Quanderhorn Xperimentations by Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall (book review).

Like other great comedy Science Fiction novels before it, ‘The Quanderhorn Xperimentations’ is based on a BBC Radio series or, at least so the cover of the book says, though it also claims to have travelled back in time to be written before it occurred and also possibly to be a true story, so who […]

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The World Of Sherlock Holmes: The Facts And Figures Behind The World’s Greatest Detective by Martin Fido (book review).

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The World Of Sherlock Holmes: The Facts And Figures Behind The World’s Greatest Detective by Martin Fido (book review).

‘The World Of Sherlock Holmes’, a production from the Sherlock Holmes Museum is written by Martin Fido and was first issued in 2015. It’s an interesting and nicely presented examination of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal detective and the world he helped create. Illustrations and photographs illuminate the text which is clearly laid out in […]

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Wyntertide: Rotherweird book 2 by Andrew Caldecott (book review).

July 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wyntertide: Rotherweird book 2 by Andrew Caldecott (book review).

Fiendishly plotted and carefully crafted, ‘Wyntertide’ is the sequel to the quirky ‘Rotherweird’ which introduces us to the city state hidden from history. Having been granted independence by Queen Elizabeth, the first Rotherweird bans the teaching of history and nurses a terrible secret at its heart. Into this came the unassuming Jonah Oblong, teacher of […]

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Metaparadise by John Lasheras (e-book review).

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Metaparadise by John Lasheras (e-book review).

‘Metaparadise’ is a huge epoch and galaxy-spanning story. The hero is Alvin. He is a tech and business genius, whose inventions attempt to elevate human kind above and beyond their biological limitations. This has the unfortunate effect of catching the attention of hostile colonising aliens called the Annunaki, who have their sights firmly on Earth […]

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Evocations by James Brogden (book review).

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Evocations by James Brogden (book review).

Advice often given to budding writers is to write what you know about. Not an easy task if the heart of the story or novel is fantasy or horror. More important, perhaps, is to use places that are familiar. Done well, the result is convincing. James Brogden’s first novel, ‘The Narrows’, was largely set in […]

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UFO: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Boxset With Book (Blu-ray/book review).

July 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
UFO: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Boxset With Book (Blu-ray/book review).

It isn’t as though I haven’t reviewed the DVD version of the ‘UFO’ TV series, so there is more an emphasis on the differences and extras in the blu-ray special limited edition. In fact, I thought I missed the boat completely in being able to buy a copy. More so as Andrew Pixley’s book included […]

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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide To Creating Imaginative Fiction: Revised & Expanded by Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

July 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide To Creating Imaginative Fiction: Revised & Expanded by Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

I never read Jeff Vandermeer’s original release of this book, ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide To Creating Imaginative Fiction: Revised & Expanded’, but I became curious as to what he has to say about writing. He isn’t alone here as he ropes in a lot of writers he knows to also give their opinions. There are […]

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El Borak And Other Desert Adventures by Robert E. Howard (book review).

July 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
El Borak And Other Desert Adventures by Robert E. Howard (book review).

Down in the west Texas town of El Paso was born Francis Xavier Gordon, known by repute from Stamboul to the China Sea. Muhammadans called him El Borak, the swift. They feared and respected him. An evil Hungarian called Gustav Hunyadi may be his match. This villain is plotting to send a howling horde of […]

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Harlan Ellison, SF author and legend, dies of old age.

June 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Harlan Ellison, SF author and legend, dies of old age.

Harlan Ellison, the science fiction author, has died of old age. Peaceably, in his own bed – which is somewhat ironic, given his legendary irascibility. We kind of expected him to go while wrestling a Black Bear, a ninja, a country sheriff, two critics, a movie mogul and a lawyer to the ground, his bedroom […]

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