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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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Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (book review).

September 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (book review).

I read several of Lavie Tidhar’s ‘Central Station’ stories when they appeared in ‘Interzone’ magazine in recent years. They were all interlinked, both by the location and by some of the characters, but chiefly by the richly imagined world that revolves around the edifice of Central Station. In this volume, Lavie Tidhar has collected and […]

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Europe At Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (book review).

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Europe At Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (book review).

‘Europe At Midnight’ is Dave Hutchinson’s follow up to his debut novel, the anarchically enjoyable ‘Europe In Autumn’, which I reviewed here in September 2015. I say follow-up rather than sequel because this book doesn’t follow the same character or continue the story from the first novel but the setting is the same and some […]

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

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken Macleod   (book review)

The first volume in Ken MacLeod’s new ‘Corporation Wars’ series, ‘Dissidence’, takes us straight into the action as we learn the back stories of the two main characters. Carlos is a reactionary/computer-hacker/terrorist in the midst of a war over London, controlling drones and weapons and swiftly meeting a violent end. Seba is a mining robot […]

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On Being Unofficially The Second-Most Translated Science Fiction Short Story Author In The World by Gareth D Jones (article)

July 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
On Being Unofficially The Second-Most Translated Science Fiction Short Story Author In The World by Gareth D Jones   (article)

When my story ‘The Gondolier’ was published in Slovenian last year it was the 26th language one of my stories had been published in and the 16th for that particular story. There don’t appear to be any official statistics on the subject, but I know a few other multiply-translated authors and, according to my calculations, […]

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The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian J Walker (book review)

July 19, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian J Walker   (book review)

  This sounds good, I thought. A post-apocalyptic tale about a man who has to run the length of Britain to find his family. The cover does not look like a Science Fiction book, though, it looks like a ‘literary’ book. More worryingly, when it arrived, it had a sticker on the front cover advertising […]

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Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

I first came cross Hannu Rajaniemi when I read the story ‘His Master’s Voice’ in ‘Interzone’. I remember being struck by its original voice and intriguing ideas, as well as the fact that the protagonists were a dog and a cat. His name, being quite memorable, stuck with me so when his first novel ‘The […]

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The One-Eyed Man by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

June 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
The One-Eyed Man by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

A couple of years ago I read ‘Adiamante’ by L.E. Modesitt, Jr and it was excellent. It was the first of his books I’d read and up to that point I hadn’t realised he wrote Science Fiction, having only seen his fantasy books in the past. ‘The One-Eyed Man’, subtitled ‘A Fugue, With Winds And […]

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The Cusanus Game by Wolfgang Jeshke (book review).

May 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Cusanus Game by Wolfgang Jeshke (book review).

This month I have a novelette being published in German, my second story in German and my longest translated story to date. This piqued my interest in German Science Fiction, so I took the opportunity to get hold of Wolfgang Jeschke’s award-winning 2005 novel ‘Die Cusanus Spiel’. My German isn’t good enough to read the […]

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Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (book review).

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (book review).

I do like the cover art on Wesley Chu’s ‘Time Salvager’. It’s like one of those slightly blurred oil paintings and is very minimilastically atmospheric. It gives a good impression of the dystopian future that James Griffin-Mars lives in, where the atmosphere and the oceans are polluted and the cities are crumbling to ruins. James […]

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