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Metaparadise by John Lasheras (e-book review).

July 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
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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Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner (book review).

June 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner (book review).

It’s a long time since I read ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ by Jules Verne, so I don’t remember a great deal about it. Admittedly, it’s even longer than that since Jules Verne wrote it in 1870. ‘Nemo Rising’ features the return of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, as well as more sea creatures, marvellously […]

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Bugs In The System by Karen Otto (ebook review).

June 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Bugs In The System by Karen Otto (ebook review).

‘Bugs In The System’ consists of three novelettes set in an area of space known as the Void. After a somewhat mysterious prologue in which some beings are downloading their consciousness into robot duplicates, we move onto ‘Part One: Collective Revelations’. A crew of aliens are escorting a deadly prisoner back to their military base. […]

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The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak (book review).

June 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak (book review).

With the dust having settled on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and the franchise’s own fandom becoming entangled in a Sarlacc pit of self-loathing that has reportedly caused Disney and Lucasfilm to review the next planned movies, how refreshing it is to lose oneself in one another of Abrams’ excellent examinations of the movies’ production […]

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Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review)

June 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi     (book review)

In a complete change from his high concept, far future ‘Jean le Flambeur’ trilogy, Hannu Rajaniemi takes us back to 1938 for his latest novel, ‘Summerland’. It’s a world of espionage, brewing conflict and political intrigue, set amongst various government departments where Rachel White is trying to discover the truth behind a Russian defector’s claim […]

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