Author Archive: EamonnMurphy
Eamonn Murphy lives in the west country and grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, lots of other old SF and Marvel Comics. After many years experimenting with alcohol he has settled down to the quiet life with a nice lady, a big garden and a dog but finds time to write reviews for crowsnest and a few short stories, some of which even get published in obscure magazines. His horror novel 'Arnos Hell' set in a Bristol graveyard is available on Amazon as a kindle book.
‘On Spec’, the Canadian magazine of the fantastic is one of those small enterprises struggling to keep the flame of short fiction alive. It’s mostly short stories like these. ‘Skywalkers’ by Marcelle Dubé is set in a Victorian Age Montreal. where the original settlers from England bought Fey folk over with them. Now Fey are […]
Welcome To The Greenhouse: New Science Fiction On Climate Change edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).
‘Welcome To The Greenhouse ‘is edited by Gordon Van Gelder, who picks the stories for ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ at the time, so I was expecting quality stuff here. In his introduction, he admits to being uncertain about climate change but certain that the possibility of it can give rise to interesting […]
Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).
Like all ‘Marvel Essential’ and ‘DC Showcase’ volumes this is in black and white on cheap paper. Marvel has discontinued the ‘Essential’ line, sadly, but I think DC are still doing ‘Showcase’. The first issue of ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ was dated May 1963 with story by Stan Lee and art by Jack […]
‘Recluce Tales’ is a book of twenty short stories and one essay set in the world of Modesitt’s best-selling ‘Recluce Saga. The essay and three of the stories, ‘Sisters Of Sarronyn, Sisters Of Westwind’, ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Black Ordermage’ have appeared before. There are seventeen new ones here. Some of the stories seem to have […]
The theme of this 70th issue of ‘Jack Kirby Collector’ is ‘Kirby: Alpha’, to be followed next issue by ‘Kirby :Omega’. ‘Beginnings And Endings’ or if you will, ‘Life And Anti-Life’ to quote editor John Morrow in the ‘Opening Shot‘. He mentions that Kirby saw the loss of free will as equivalent to death and […]
Confusingly, the stories on the discs of ‘The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction # 8’ aren’t in the same order as set out on the cover. First up is ‘Today I Am Paul’ by Martin L. Shoemaker. Imagine a super-android who can adjust his features, height and eye colour and become a perfect […]
In the introduction by George R.R. Martin, ‘Everybody Loves a Rogue’, he tells us how he supported the black hats in old western television series and always had a soft spot for the less than spotless character. In real life, I’ve always felt a charming crook is still a crook and when they steal your […]
It’s 1848 and revolution is in the air all across Europe. Even the sensible British are somewhat imbued with the spirit of change and the Chartist movement is demanding votes for the common people. There are some among them prepared to resort to violence, arson and even assassination. Others would incite the volatile London mob […]
‘Perihelion SF’ is free to read on-line and contains a bit of non-fiction and some short stories as follows. Top of the click list on the left side of the page is ‘A Breath Of Aphrodite’ by Rebecca Birch. Due to staffing shortages, Botany-tech Sarah Munroe is taken out of her cosy lab and thrust […]
I enjoyed ‘The Can Opener’s Daughter’ by Rob Davis but it is one weird graphic novel. Mind you, men wearing their underpants on the outside to fight criminals in New York are weird, too, but we are used to super-heroes. Just as Radio can be used for the ‘Today Programme’ or ‘The Goons’, so comics, […]