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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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Ken Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ken Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

Official Bio: Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, ‘Asimov’s Magazine’, ‘Analog’, ‘Clarkesworld’, ‘Lightspeed’ and ‘Strange Horizons’, among other places. Ken’s debut […]

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Cixin Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cixin Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

It’s a surprisingly warm October day in London and the Embankment is crowded with tourists. Outside the South Bank Centre, dozens of people are eating and drinking at tables belonging to half a dozen restaurants. It’s also busy inside the building but, fortunately, I’ve entered at the right end of the building and spot the […]

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Death’s End (The Three-Body Trilogy book 3 of 3) by Cixin Liu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Death’s End (The Three-Body Trilogy book 3 of 3) by Cixin Liu translated by Ken Liu (book review).

The grand scale of Cixin Liu’s ‘The Three-Body Trilogy’ continues in this third volume ‘Death’s End’, translated from the Chinese, as was the first volume, by Ken Liu. This 600 page book moves forward at a stately place, building solid ideas one upon another, continuing to extrapolate the future of humanity under the threat of […]

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Daughter Of Eden (Dark Eden book 3) by Chris Beckett (book review).

October 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Daughter Of Eden (Dark Eden book 3) by Chris Beckett (book review).

In this third volume of the ‘Dark Eden’ saga, Chris Beckett continues the story of the lost colony that inhabits the orphan world of Eden, warmed and lit only by fluorescent flora powered by geothermal energy. ‘Daughter Of Eden’ continues on fairly shortly after ‘Mother Of Eden’, this time following as the main character, Angie, […]

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Time Siege (Time-Salvager # 2) by Wesley Chu (book review).

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Time Siege (Time-Salvager # 2) by Wesley Chu (book review).

‘Time Siege’ is Wesley Chu’s sequel to ‘Time Salvager’, which I reviewed here earlier in the year. It has another beautifully atmospheric cover depicting the ruins of a future Earth where the cities, New York in particular in this book, are overwhelmed by pollution, rampant vegetation and savage tribes. The action follows on some months […]

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The Dark Forest (The Three-Body Problem book 2) by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Dark Forest (The Three-Body Problem book 2) by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Cixin Liu’s classic of Chinese Science Fiction continues in this second volume, translated into English by Joel Martinsen as ‘The Dark Forest’. The same mixture of contemporary settings, cutting-edge technology, political intrigue and glimpses of a frighteningly powerful alien civilisation make this book just as riveting as the first volume ‘The Three Body Problem’. There […]

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