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Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (book review)

September 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson  (book review)

Dave Hutchinson’s novella ‘The Push’ was nominated for the BSFA award a couple of years back and was a very fine piece of space opera indeed. His new novel ‘Europe In Autumn’ was also nominated for the BSFA award. It’s of a completely different style and sub-genre but is a very worthy nominee. The book […]

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Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

I shared a Table of Contents with Adrian Tchaikovsky in the NewCon Press anthology ‘Looking Landward’ a couple of years ago. His story was about ants and mine was about worms. I subsequently met him briefly at EasterCon this year and stood next to his wife while ordering a sandwich. I’d not read any of […]

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Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

I enjoyed the film ‘John Carter’ a lot, even though the critics didn’t seem to like it. I enjoyed it so much in fact that it prompted me to buy the three-volume omnibus edition of the entire Barsoom series, comprising all 11 books, which I then read over the course of the following year. Towards […]

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Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance Volume Five (book review).

July 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance Volume Five (book review).

Since I first read ‘Araminta Station’ over 20 years ago, Jack Vance has been one of my favourite authors. I’ve read just about every SF book he wrote and over the past couple of years I’ve been getting hold of the last few older and more obscure books on my to-read list. Subterranean Press have […]

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Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett (book review)

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett  (book review)

Chris Beckett’s ‘Dark Eden’ was an excellent novel and my opinion was confirmed by its winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The planet Eden and the society that had developed on it were so well thought out and captivating that I have been intrigued to see what would happen next. Eden is an orphan world, […]

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Coming Home (Alex Benedict series book 7) by Jack McDevitt (book review).

June 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Coming Home (Alex Benedict series book 7) by Jack McDevitt (book review).

From the start I should probably make it clear that Jack McDevitt’s ‘Alex Benedict’ books are one of my favourite series, so I could tell you how great ‘Coming Home’ is without even reading it. Having said that, I shall attempt to write something sensible about the book rather than just enthusing about it. This […]

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Sibilant Fricative by Adam Roberts (book review).

June 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sibilant Fricative by Adam Roberts (book review).

I feel slightly inadequate at the prospect of writing a review of ‘Sibilant Fricative’, a collection of reviews and essays from Adam Roberts. He is well-known and respected as a reviewer who is both perceptive and entertaining, while at the same time scholarly. He is the kind of author whose reviews are collected together and […]

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Resonance (Ragnorok book 3) by John Meaney (book review).

May 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Resonance (Ragnorok book 3) by John Meaney (book review).

‘Resonance’ brings John Meaney’s ‘Ragnarok’ trilogy to a conclusion. A multi-stranded historical, contemporary, space opera and far-future epic tying together several viewpoint characters in disparate times and locations. Trilogies seemed to go out of fashion for a few years, but I like the neatness of tying everything together in a set number of volumes, rather […]

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Dark Eden (book 1) by Chris Beckett (book review).

May 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dark Eden (book 1) by Chris Beckett (book review).

In my 2008 review of Chris Beckett’s Edge Hill prize-winning collection ‘The Turing Test’, I described the short story ‘Dark Eden’ thus: ‘…one of the best short stories I have ever read. The story involves a group of astronauts on an exploratory mission that goes wrong. The characters are all well developed for such a […]

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The World And The Stars edited by Chris Butler (book review).

May 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
The World And The Stars edited by Chris Butler (book review).

I’m sure I won’t be the first person to tell you that anthologies and short story collections are very rarely produced by the big publishers any more. This is partly because the average reader is more interested in novels, so short story collections sell much fewer copies, making them less viable for big publishers. Of […]

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