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The Gradual by Christopher Priest (book review).

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Gradual by Christopher Priest (book review).

‘The Gradual’ often known as the Grail is the oldest part of the Catholic Mass. It is from the word ‘gradus’, the Latin for ‘a step’ So I wish I had looked that up before reading the intense novel by Christopher Priest that occasionally made my eyes bleed with the effort of concentrating. It’s true […]

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2016 Sunburst Award winners just in.

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Sunburst Award winners just in.

The Sunburst Award bods have just announced the winners of the 2016 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in Adult, Young Adult, and Short Story categories. The winner of the 2016 Sunburst Award for Adult Fiction is Experimental Film by Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications). About Experimental Film, the Sunburst Jury said: This […]

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Calling Major Tom goes German.

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Calling Major Tom goes German.

Ullstein have acquired German rights to the SF novel Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett pre-emptively, for major sum in Euros from Krystyna Kujawinska, Foreign Rights Director at Orion Publishing Group. Sam Eades at Orion commissioned the novel and acquired world rights from agent John Jarrold in March 2016, and the book is scheduled for […]

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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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Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).

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Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).

‘The Reticulan Candidate’ collects issues 7-14 of Paul Cornell’s political alien abduction thriller ‘Saucer Country’. Governor Arcadia Alvarado is running for president, trying to mask the fact that she believes she was abducted by aliens. As such, she’s employed a Ufologist named Kidd to investigate reports behind abductees, Men in Black and a black ops […]

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Exploring Space:1999: An Episode Guide And Complete History Of The Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series by John Kenneth Muir (book review).

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Exploring Space:1999: An Episode Guide And Complete History Of The Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series by John Kenneth Muir (book review).

‘Space 1999’, like ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Terrahawks’ was one of those rare Gerry Anderson productions that actually made it to a second series. That the second series welcomed producer Fred Freiberger who decided to take the show in a direction that more closely resembled ‘Star Trek’ has been debated about by fans for years. What is […]

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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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My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids And Other Artificial Eves by Julie Wosk (book review).

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My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids And Other Artificial Eves by Julie Wosk (book review).

The title of Julie Wosk’s book, ‘My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids And Other Artificial Eves’ covers all the types of robotic and android women out there. Oddly, but not too surprisingly, starting with the original ‘Pygmalion’ later known as the musical ‘My Fair Lady’, where a flower-seller is given upper class graces but ultimately […]

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The Fifth Dimension June 2016 edited by J. Allen Irwine (e-mag review).

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The Fifth Dimension June 2016 edited by J. Allen Irwine (e-mag review).

‘The Fifth Dimension’ was one of the magazines published by samsdotpublishing in days of yore and, when that organisation passed away, it moved to Nomadic Delirium Press but is still under the editorship of J. Allen Irwine. It contains Science Fiction and fantasy short stories like the following. ‘Election Returns, Live’ by Tim McDaniel has […]

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In The Beginning (Kindle Edition) by Robert Silverberg (ebook review).

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
In The Beginning (Kindle Edition) by Robert Silverberg (ebook review).

‘In The Beginning’ is a collection of short stories from Robert Silverberg’s early days in the business. It’s the stuff that he churned out to fill magazines in the 1950s in order to make a living. In later more literary collections, he has been somewhat dismissive of this work but fans of pulp fiction, ripping […]

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