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Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void by Tim Lebbon (book review).

December 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi: Into The Void by Tim Lebbon (book review).

Set thousands of years before the ‘Star Wars’ films, the ‘Dawn Of The Jedi’ series of novels focuses on the Je’daii order, a group of Force-sensitive individuals dedicated to keeping the balance within the Force. So, while somewhat analogous to the Jedi Knights of the ‘Star Wars’ universe featured in the films, they rejected the […]

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Forgotten All-Star: A Biography Of Gardner Fox by Jennifer DeRoss (book review).

December 16, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Forgotten All-Star: A Biography Of Gardner Fox by Jennifer DeRoss (book review).

When I saw an advert in TwoMorrows’ ‘Alter-Ego’ for this book, ‘Forgotten All-Star: A Biography Of Gardner Fox’ by Jennifer DeRoss, I contacted her publisher, PulpHeroPress, for the possibility of a review copy and they were happy to oblige. One of the first DC Comics I bought was Detective Comics # 347 where it was […]

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The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 21 edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

December 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 21 edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror: Volume 21’ is a large collection of weird stories published in the year 2009. It’s 2019 as I write this belated review but good fiction doesn’t date. Wheeling out his big guns early, editor Stephen Jones presents ‘Throttle’ by Joe Hill and Stephen King. Written for an anthology […]

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Night And Silence (October Daye book 12) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

December 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Night And Silence (October Daye book 12) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

Once, the usual format for publishing was the one-off book, the standalone. This had one set of characters which occurred only with the pages of that book, a common practice still in the world of ‘literary fiction’. The trilogy, as a continuous narrative, came into its own with the explosion of fantasy literature. While three […]

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William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

December 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

Well, apparently, midway through his career as a scifi author, the prophet of cyberspace – one William Gibson – turned his attention to a strange new world… the present? Read the full story over at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real The Offworld Report – the best news offworld SFcrowsnest

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Illustrators Special #6: Brian Bolland (book review)

December 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators Special #6: Brian Bolland  (book review)

You cannot have been brought up on comicbooks from the late 1970s on without seeing the art of Brian Bolland. Principally known for his work on ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Camelot 2000’ and ‘The Killing Joke’, Bolland admits he is not the fastest artist and predominately did far more covers than interiors. I met Brian briefly around […]

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MI6: British Security Intelligence Service Operations 1909-1945 by Nigel West (book review).

December 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
MI6: British Security Intelligence Service Operations 1909-1945 by Nigel West (book review).

When I saw the two Nigel West book covers together, I couldn’t help feeling there might be some confusion in picking up the right book if I was buying one of them in a bookshop and they were facing out from the same shelf. After all, there is only a matter of one word added […]

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Illustrators Special #5: The Art Of Commando (book review).

December 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators Special #5: The Art Of Commando (book review).

As ‘Commando’ magazine’s editor-in-chief/general Alexandria Turner points out in the introduction, people don’t realise that this A5 war magazine is still going strong after 58 years with over 4,000 issues and in several other formats as well. Although this is slightly different to our normal remit, you can’t deny the art is interesting and publisher […]

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CTRL+S by Andy Briggs (book review).

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
CTRL+S by Andy Briggs (book review).

In many respects, Andy Briggs’ book, ‘CTRL+S’, is an extension and a possible future of our reality. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to out the correct name to various things we see today. What Briggs has done is do the standard SF practice of taking it to extreme. The major difference is […]

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Modern Masters Volume Seven: John Byrne by Jon B. Cooke and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Modern Masters Volume Seven: John Byrne by Jon B. Cooke and Eric Nolen-Weathington (book review).

Just to show I do buy occasionally, I pulled this softcover, a third edition from 2012 no less, of ‘Modern Masters Volume Seven: John Byrne’ by Jon B. Cooke and Eric Nolen-Weathington. As with all of this series of books, there are extensive interviews detailing the artist in question’s early life and love of art, […]

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