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Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook (book review)

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook   (book review)

‘Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press’ is a selection of stories from the various anthologies put out by Elastic Press in its short but interesting life. In his introduction, editor Andrew Hook, who ran the Press, defines the genre category as ‘slipstream’. That basically means anything goes. Listed below are some that went well for […]

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Phantaxis: Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine – August 2017 (magazine review)

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Phantaxis: Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine – August 2017   (magazine review)

I’m a bit late with this review of the August 2017 ‘Phantaxis Quarterly’ because I got bogged down in other reading, for which I’m sorry. Anyway, it was as good as I expected with stories covering a wide range of Science Fiction and fantasy themes. For a wonder, there’s more Science Fiction than fantasy! The […]

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Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review)

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder  (book review)

I’ve often found when reading Science Fiction from the 50s and 60s that what dates it more than the technology is the social attitudes. It was a much more sexist world in those days and the fiction reflects that: the astronauts and scientists are almost always male and any female characters are always secretaries, stewardesses […]

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War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

‘War In Heaven’ is the sequel to ‘Veteran’ by Gavin Smith or is it Gavin G. Smith? Both books list the author as Gavin Smith on the cover and Gavin G. Smith on the title page. Anyway, our unlikely hero, Sergeant Jakob Douglas, an ex-special forces veteran who has been discharged from the forces makes […]

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Downsizing film trailer (Honey I Shrunk the Kids for the 21st century?)

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Downsizing film trailer (Honey I Shrunk the Kids for the 21st century?)

Downsizing is an upcoming science fiction comedy-drama directed by Alexander Payne, imagining, as a solution to over-population and its toll on the Earth’s limited resources, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall – and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realise their existing money will make […]

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Ash And Quill (Novels of The Great Library) by Rachel Caine (book review).

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ash And Quill (Novels of The Great Library) by Rachel Caine (book review).

In his novel, ‘The Legion Of Time’, Jack Williamson coined the phrase ‘Jonbar Hinge’. It has since come to define a point in history where an action can give rise to two courses of history. It is the crucial event that gives the Science Fiction writer the opportunity to explore alternative histories or discuss what […]

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Jerry Pournelle dies … another of the classic science fiction masters gone.

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jerry Pournelle dies … another of the classic science fiction masters gone.

Author Jerry Pournelle’s children have now told us that their famous father passed away yesterday, aged 84. He’d only just made his – now sadly last – appearance at DragonCon where he was in fine form as always. Jerry pioneered the military SF sub genre. Hell, he almost invented it. Several of his novels were set in […]

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Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

After centuries of mankind’s increasing reliance on robots, they turn on their makers and wipe them out. That’s not what this book is about though. In ‘Sea Of Rust’ we find out what happens next when robotkind and the huge AIs that helped them win their freedom are left to themselves. C. Robert Cargill has […]

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Temporal Decision: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Temporal Decision: a short story by: GF Willmetts.

‘Why did you call me here?’ Bran whispered in the ear of his companion. ‘You only have to arrange the accident.’ ‘I wanted to listen to his lecture first,’ Lika whispered back. ‘What’s the subject?’ ‘Prolonged temporal induction.’ ‘That’s a bit premature. Grassner never sorted that out.’ ‘If we complete our mission then he won’t.’ […]

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Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

The difficulty with time travel stories is that it’s very easy to tie yourself in knots whilst trying to make the plot interesting. Robert Charles Wilson makes it clear early in the plot how endless paradoxes and recursive loops are to be avoided. This by the fact that an alternative history is created when time-travellers […]

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