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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.

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View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) – 2nd edition edited by Franz Rottensteiner (book review)

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) – 2nd edition edited by Franz Rottensteiner   (book review)

Anthologies of foreign Science Fiction are intrinsically interesting, I think because the writers come from a different culture than your own. Not all that different if they’re French or German but quite a bit if they were in the Eastern bloc under communism. All the stories in this book date from before 1973 when it […]

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Spaceports & Spidersilk April 2017 by Marcie Tentchoff (emag review).

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Spaceports & Spidersilk April 2017 by Marcie Tentchoff (emag review).

‘Spaceports And Spidersilk’ is a small magazine of fantasy and Science Fiction aimed at young readers which features a mix of poetry and fiction. The kindle edition is easily navigable from the contents page. The first story is ‘The Five-Star Underwear’ by Rebecca Linam. Narrator Jake and his pal Brandon are cycling to school when […]

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Perihelion SF # 54 – April 2017 (emag review).

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Perihelion SF # 54 – April 2017 (emag review).

‘Perihelion SF’ is an on-line magazine, free to read, that publishes Science Fiction only, so no fantasy or horror here. It is inclined to be humorous but more serious subjects also feature. The fiction is listed in order of my preference, which may not be yours. ‘Places We Call Home’ by Amy Sisson is narrated […]

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The Creeping Garden (2014) (Blu-ray film review)

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Creeping Garden (2014)   (Blu-ray film review)

‘The Creeping Garden’ opens with black and white footage of Roy O’Neill, an excited NBC reporter. He says there are reports of blobs up to 18 inches in diameter appearing in gardens in Houston, Texas! Cut to a path through a pleasant wood and a man looking for slime moulds. Writing on the screen tells […]

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The Chatelaine And The Storm (Queen Victoria’s Magicians book 2) by James Odell (book review).

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Chatelaine And The Storm (Queen Victoria’s Magicians book 2) by James Odell (book review).

‘The Chatelaine And The Storm’ is the second book in James Odell’s series about Samantha Hampden who. in book one of the ‘Queen Victoria’s Magicians’ series, unexpectedly became Chatelaine of the Guild of Magicians in Victorian London. It carries on straight after the book one, ‘Chatelaine Of The Guild’ with the same characters. Quite a […]

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The Chronicles Of Old Guy (Volume 1) (An Old Guy/Cybertank Adventure) by Timothy J Gawne (ebook review)

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Chronicles Of Old Guy (Volume 1) (An Old Guy/Cybertank Adventure) by Timothy J Gawne  (ebook review)

In the future there will be cybertanks with sentience patterned on the human brain and personalities, too. Our hero is an Odin-Class Ground Based Cyber Defensive Unit serial number CRL345BY44. The human used to call him Carl, based on the serial number, and he didn’t like it. His peers call him ‘Old Guy’ because he’s […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 1 #104 (mag review).

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 1  #104 (mag review).

‘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 […]

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Welcome To The Greenhouse: New Science Fiction On Climate Change edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

March 24, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
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 […]

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Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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Recluce Tales (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Recluce Tales (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

‘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 […]

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