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Déjà vu

March 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

Debut writer Ian Hocking kindly got in touch with us recently to let us know about his first SF novel, Déjà Vu. Set in 2023 it follows David Proctor, a scientist on the run, blamed for bombing the ‘West Lothian Project’ years before. David doesn’t remember committing this atrocity, but it seems everyone else does....

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Real-life Comic hero

March 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

The Glasgow-based Herald newspaper carried a fascinating piece about a real-life hero who later became a comic book hero. Private Jimmy Stokes won the highest honour, the Victoria Cross, during fierce fighting in the Netherlands. Despite being shot eight times he single-handedly captured seventeen German soldiers. His amazing feats were later immoratalised in the classic...

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Woken Furies

March 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

I have to direct your attention to a brand-new novel from one of my favourite authors and one of the rising stars (I’m sure he’ll blush at that, but it’s true) of the new wave of Brit SF, Richard Morgan. I’ve been a huge fan of Richard’s work since his debut novel Altered Carbon hit...

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The BSFA and Arthur C Clarke awards nominees

March 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

For your edification we present you with the full shortlists for both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science Fiction Association awards. Each novel here is reviewed on our webstore and we are offering a full 25% off all nominees. The British Science Fiction Association Awards Century Rain, Alistair Reynolds Forty Signs of Rain,...

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Awards season

March 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

The glitzy glamour of the Oscars and BAFTAs may be past, but don’t despair as there are far more important awards still to come this season! Yes, I am talking about the two most prestigious literary awards in the British SF&F calendar: the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) awards and the Arthur C Clarke Awards....

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Classical

March 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

I have an absolute gem of a book to bring to your attention today, from one of the UK’s fine stable of small publishers, the Rose Press. Jocasta is a re-interpreatation of some of the most important – and oldest – plays in literary history, the Theban Plays by Sophocles. Here Brian Aldiss – surely...

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Keep on truckin’

March 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

Robert Crumb, probably one of the most famous cartoonists of the last hundred years (if not the most famous), is receiving a lot of (overdue in our opinion) attention right now (not least in the Guardian this week). A new collection/autobiography – the R Crumb Handbook – has been released and a major retrospective of...

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New Spring

March 9, 2005 | 0 Comments

Fantasy mega-bestselling author Robert Jordan is to branch into the illustrated realms. Along with Chuck Dixon (Batman and numerous others) he is adapting his Wheel of Time prequel New Spring for Red Eagle Entertainment. New Spring is scheduled for monthly releases and should debut at the Comic-Con International in San Diego in July....

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Vintage T-shirts

March 9, 2005 | 0 Comments

Calvin got in touched with us today to tell us about a book he’s working on (due for publication next year) which is a fashion and design title on a subject close to our collective chests here – vintage T-shirts. He’s trying to track down some of the original cult film and SF T-shirts of...

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Hellboy

March 9, 2005 | 0 Comments

Dark Horse has announced the first Hellboy mini-series for far too long. Hellboy: the Island #1 (of 2) has our favourite big, red guy washing up on an island (surprise!) where he is tempted by singing dead men and stubbornly decides to ignore good advice from and old enemy. This is to be a sequel...

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