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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 hard labour he has settled down to a quiet life with a nice lady, two rescue dogs and four ducks. He writes reviews for crowsnest and a few short stories, some of which even get published in obscure magazines. His self-published (Beware!) horror novel 'Arnos Hell' set in a Bristol graveyard is available on Amazon as a kindle book. His YA novelette 'The Brigstowe Dragons' will be published shortly by Alban Lake. He seldom blogs at https://eamonnmurphyblog.wordpress.com/

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/Jun 2013 Volume 124 # 707 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/Jun 2013 Volume 124 # 707 (magazine review).

The big story in this issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is the novella ‘Wormwood Is Also A Star’ by Andy Stewart. It’s set in the Ukraine, a group of orphans caught in the Chernobyl radiation are unaffected save that they have telepathic powers. They are in an anomaly called the Angel’s […]

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Marvel Comics In The 1960s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

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Marvel Comics In The 1960s by Pierre Comtois (book review).

The sixties, man. Social upheaval. Youth counter-culture. If you can remember it you weren’t really there, huh? I was there but I was too young for drugs or alcohol so I can remember some of it vaguely. It’s probably false memories of stuff that I read and listened to later and so associate with childhood. […]

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Judge Dredd: The Judge Child by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brian Bolland, Mick McMahan and Ron Smith (graphic novel review).

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Judge Dredd: The Judge Child by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brian Bolland, Mick McMahan and Ron Smith (graphic novel review).

‘Find the Judge Child!’ Those are the dying words of Judge Feyy, a pre-cog with 88.8% accuracy who has foreseen a ghastly war which destroys Mega-City One and leaves foul creatures to prey on the survivors. Only the Judge Child can prevent this! Owen Chrysler is the name of the Judge Child and on his […]

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The Thin Black Line: Perspectives On Vince Colletta by Robert L. Bryant, Jr. (book review).

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The Thin Black Line: Perspectives On Vince Colletta by Robert L. Bryant, Jr. (book review).

‘The Mystery of Vince Colletta! Hero or Villain? You decide!’ So says a dramatic, comic-style black box at the start of ‘Chapter 1: The Controversy.’ Other chapters are titled ‘Inking Asgard’, ‘Rivets And Trees’, ‘The Fourth World’ and ‘The Guy On The Assembly Line’. There’s an introduction with quotes from various debaters in an on-line […]

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Imager’s Battalion (The Image Portfolio book six) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

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Imager’s Battalion (The Image Portfolio book six) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

This is the sixth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ so beware spoilers for previous episodes. The first three books are set in a different time with a different hero. The latter three, including this one, are set in an previous era and our hero is Quaeryt, a scholar and imager in the service of Bhayar, […]

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The Creativity Of Ditko by Craig Yoe (book review).

February 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Creativity Of Ditko by Craig Yoe (book review).

This large book is a celebration of ‘The Creativity Of Steve Ditko’, the famous comicbook artist who co-created Spider-Man and created Doctor Strange, when he was at Marvel Comics in the early 1960s. That material is not featured in this book, except for a page or two of the webbed one. Most of the work […]

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Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: The Fourth Factor by John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Staz Johnson, Colin MacNeil and Henry Flint (graphic novel review)

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Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos: The Fourth Factor by John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Staz Johnson, Colin MacNeil and Henry Flint	(graphic novel review)

‘Day Of Chaos; The Fourth Faction’ is a collection of Judge Dredd stories that build up into a larger story arc. The scripts are all by Dredd co-creator John Wagner and the art is by various well-known talents of the genre. A forward by Keith Richardson explains that way back in 1982, 2000AD prog 266, […]

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Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness # 1 by Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, David Messina and Stephen Molnar (comic review).

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Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness # 1 by Roberto Orci, Mike Johnson, David Messina and Stephen Molnar (comic review).

‘Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness’ is the official comic prequel to ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, the forthcoming movie. Do Vulcans dream of electric sheep? No. Spock, at least, dreams of the time he beamed down to his home planet as it was in the throes of destruction to rescue his mother and father, as shown […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

There are so many riches in an issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ that it’s hard to know where to start. I’ll follow my usual policy and go in the order of the contents page, beginning with the novelettes. Fate or fortune arranged things so that I read ‘Among Friends’ by Deborah […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 90 (magazine review).

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 90	(magazine review).

This is a themed issue of ‘On Spec’ and the theme is… Apocalypse! Themed issues and anthologies are often interesting because it’s fun to see the varied approaches taken by different writers from the same starting point. Old-time SF magazines used to have certain professional contributors write a story based around the painting on the […]

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