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Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

Originally published in German, ‘Limit’ is Frank Schätzing’s mammoth near-future thriller, translated into English in an equally unwieldy massive volume and then, thankfully, published by Jo Fletcher Books in a 2 volume edition. Even so, part 1 is 705 pages long which, I don’t know about you, but I find to be uncomfortably large to […]

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The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

February 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

I haven’t read any of Alastair Reynolds’ previous stories about interplanetary traveller Merlin, but in ‘The Iron Tactician’ we have a novella of almost 100 pages that give enough hints about his background and that of the galaxy he inhabits to make previous knowledge unnecessary. The book is intriguing enough, though, that I now want […]

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Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates (book review)

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates   (book review)

In celebration of ten years of well-known UK small press, publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates presents us with ‘Now We Are Ten’, an anthology of stories that in some way each feature the number ten. Some of the stories are in ten sections, some feature the number ten in some significant or […]

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The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken Macleod (book review)

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken Macleod  (book review)

The second book in ‘The Corporation Wars’ trilogy, ‘Insurgence’, carries on directly from ‘Dissidence’ in this multi-faceted plot involving far-future AIs, virtual reality and planetary colonisation. It’s also known as the ‘Second Law Trilogy’ in some places, though not on the cover of this book. A group of human fighters from various factions have been […]

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Crises and Conflicts edited by Ian Whates (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crises and Conflicts edited by Ian Whates    (book review)

Celebrating ten years of well-known UK small press publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates has launched a series of anthologies with various themes, including ‘Crises And Conflicts’, the third of such space opera and military SF anthologies from the imprint. This one includes sixteen stories by a fine array of well-known and up-and-coming […]

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The Core Of The Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (book review).

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Core Of The Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (book review).

I’ve read several translated novels during the past year and, one thing I’ve come to realise is that, although the location, language and customs may be different, the ingredients of a great Science Fiction novel are just as indefinable. ‘The Core Of The Sun’ is the first Finnish novel I’ve read but, once again, it […]

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The Commons by Matthew Hughes (book review)

December 3, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The Commons by Matthew Hughes  (book review)

I first came across Matthew Hughes in ‘Interzone’ a few years back and was immediately struck by the story’s similarity to something that might have been written by Jack Vance. Of course, I’m not the only one to have spotted that and the cover of this and his other books makes that comparison. This book […]

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl (book review).

November 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Everfair by Nisi Shawl (book review).

Nisi Shawl’s debut novel, ‘Everfair’. is a fantastically intricate portrayal of the birth of a free state in the heart of Africa and its fight for survival against the brutal regime of Belgian King Leopold. The classic steampunk tropes of Victorian Britain are transported to the burgeoning state of Everfair and the neighbouring Congo and […]

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Invisible Planets edited by Ken Liu (book review)

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Invisible Planets edited by Ken Liu   (book review)

Not to be confused with Hannu Rajaniemi’s recent debut collection of the same name, this ‘Invisible Planets’ is an anthology of contemporary Chinese SF in translation. Ken Liu is the editor and also the translator of all the stories, most of which have appeared in some of the top SF venues over the past few […]

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Jacaranda by Cherie Priest (book review).

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jacaranda by Cherie Priest (book review).

I’ve been a fan of Cherie Priest’s ‘Clockwork Century’ books since I was first captivated by ‘Boneshaker’. Although ‘Fiddlehead’ was announced to be the last ‘Clockwork Century’ novel, we’ve been given the bonus of a novella in the form of ‘Jacaranda’ to assuage the withdrawal symptoms. Like all of the other books, there is a […]

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