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Ten Minutes on Mars, Jonathan Fisher One of my favourtite albums from way back in the day was Black And White by The Stranglers, four men on top of their game with something to say...

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New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orbit Books (cover artwork by Stephan Martiniere, design by Kirk Benshoff) At some time in the not so distant future the waters across the face of the world arose...

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Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys, Tor “Endless disasters might overtake the short lived people to whom I had bound myself. Plagues and famines, mind destroying magics, careless or uncaring powers, vast rocks hurtling unseen through the...

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Reviews: “Oooolla!!!” The Massacre of Mankind

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Massacre Of Mankind, Stephen Baxter, Gollancz Olla! Olla! The Martian cry of triumph from Jeff Wayne’s musical adaption of HG Well’s War Of The Worlds just rang out in the empty tumble-down theatre that...

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Obelisk, Stephen Baxter, Gollancz Obelisks, Monoliths, Sentinels and Ancient Alien Artifacts are the stuff science fiction dreams are made off, the smoke from which some of the finest tales of our age are scryed by...

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Books: another look at The Girl With All the Gifts

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Girl With All The Gifts, Mike Carey, Orbit Books With the film version of Lucifer scribe Mike Carey’s The Girl With all the Gifts about to hit cinemas at the end of this week,...

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Reviews: the Countenance Divine

August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Countenance Divine Michael Hughes John Murray William Shakespeare warns us through the voice of Brutus in Julius Caesar that is the bright day that brings out the adders, reminding us that even in the brightest...

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The Fireman, Joe Hill, Gollancz   Draco Incendia Trchophyton is what the doctors called the infection. Dragonscale is what everyone else called it. Black and gold marks blemish the host’s body, beautiful harbingers of a...

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Empire V: the Prince of Hamlet, Victor Pelevin, Gollancz Shortly after receiving a copy of this book I set it upon a work surface and turned away to address something or another for a moment...

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Reviews: the Fifth Heart

February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Fifth Heart, Dan Simmons, Sphere Superheroes do it all the time and call it a “team-up”. Two well known characters combine their personalities, powers and popularity to solve a problem that is perhaps too...

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