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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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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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