Scifi books reviews

2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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Space odyssey, voyage to the planets Review and Opinion

2016/08/17

Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets (2004)
Writer and director: Joe Ahearne

review by Patrick Hudson

When I was a kid, spaceships and space travel fascinated me. I was a little too young to pay attention to the moon landing, but I remember the Soyuz-Apollo link up in 1975, the Viking Mars landing in 1976 and the first space shuttle launch in 1981 very

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Space odyssey: voyage to the planets Review and Opinion

2015/06/20

Space Odyssey: A Voyage To The Planets
Tim Haines and Christopher Riley
BBC hardcover £20

review by Steven Hampton

In 1979, American publishers Harper & Row issued anthology The Science Fictional Solar System (Sedgwick & Jackson, 1980, in UK) edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh, which comprised 13 stories - from

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Space odyssey: voyage to the planets Review and Opinion

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Time's eye: a time odyssey 1 Review and Opinion

2015/05/29

Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, book one
Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Steve Sneyd

This novel draws on the familiar SF trope of abrupt juxtaposition of different time eras. In this case it's apparently the work of whatever force, entity, or race of beings that has also scattered about the suddenly adjacent chunks

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2001 maniacs Review and Opinion

2017/11/10

2001 Maniacs (2005)
Director: Tim Sullivan

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Based on 2000 Maniacs by horror pioneer and erstwhile stag film director Herschell Gordon Lewis, 2001 Maniacs has an exploitation film pedigree so pure you could show it in a ring

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2001 maniacs Review and Opinion

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Science fiction: the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2018/04/26

Science Fiction: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99 / $7.99

review by Steven Hampton

As the editors of this anthology openly admit in their introduction, a prestigious annual collection of short stories already exists in the form of Gardner Dozois' excellent series of books, published in the UK by Robinson

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Space cowboys Review and Opinion

2018/03/31

Space Cowboys (2000)
Director: Clint Eastwood

review by Tony Lee

Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys is a curiously romantic adventure with some good performances and yet, overall, it's uninspired, emotionally transparent and - sadly - utterly predictable.
   It's flat without being leaden, solid but not impressive. It certainly has one or two dramatic

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Mystery the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2018/08/04

Mystery: The Best Of 2001
edited by Jon L. Breen
iBooks paperback £5.99

review by Debbie Moon

This compact volume contains 15 crime stories, culled from many of the best magazines and anthologies imaginable. Ranging from hardboiled losers in neon-lit bars to English ladies discussing foul crimes over afternoon tea, it provides a good overview of mainstream

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Futures: 50 years in space Review and Opinion

2015/12/28

Futures: 50 Years In Space
David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £17.99

review by Tony Lee

The Challenge Of The Stars was originally planned 1954, yet its publication was delayed until 1972, with a second edition in 1978. This magnificent

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Fantasy the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2019/01/23

Fantasy: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99

review by Patrick Hudson

It's probably verging on blasphemy to say so, but short fiction magazines are a drag. With reading time limited, combined with the vagaries of personal taste and the ratio of chaff to wheat in even the best magazines it can become a

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Space merchants Review and Opinion

2018/03/30

The Space Merchants
Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Mitch Courtenay is a star-class copysmith for Fowler Schocken Associates, one of the two advertising agencies vying for control of the upcoming colonisation of Venus. When he's put in charge of the Venus account, he is kidnapped and reduced to the

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Metropolis 2001 Review and Opinion

2016/12/16

Metropolis (2001)
Director: Rintaro

review by Amy Harlib

The Metropolis film that briefly enjoyed art house distribution in the USA and screened at the 2002 Big Apple Anime Festival, uses Fritz Lang's classic 1927 silent masterpiece for inspiration, borrowing its title and some basic plot components to craft a Japanese anime homage of nearly equal

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Metropolis 2001 Review and Opinion

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Debatable space by philip palmer Review and Opinion

2016/02/15

Debatable Space
Philip Palmer
Orbit paperback £10

review by Alasdair Stuart

Flanagan has a plan. It involves kidnapping Lena, the Cheo's daughter and holding her to ransom. What Flanagan doesn't bank on is how capable and how fierce Lena is, what he'll have to do to hold on to her, and the effect it will have on his crew, even before the Cheo gets

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Dark tales of time and space by sean wright Review and Opinion

2016/02/19

Dark Tales Of Time And Space
Sean Wright
Crowswing paperback £5.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Joey Steffano has it all. A multi-millionaire, teen rap star and darling of the media, Joey is Eminem in a smaller package. Joey is also dead, which is where his journey really starts. Killed on stage, he wakes up in a train rattling through the countryside

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Dark tales of time and space by sean wright Review and Opinion

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Childhood's end Review and Opinion

2019/05/07

Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

review by Tony Lee

First published in 1953, this is rated by many as Clarke's finest work, and one of the very best SF novels ever. It certainly does explore many eternally popular genre themes - from humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials, to directed evolution, and the time-dilation

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Mission to mars Review and Opinion

2018/08/21

Mission To Mars (2000)
Director: Brian De Palma

review by Peter Schilling

We used to be happy enough to watch people courageously venturing out into the universe but, now, audiences aren't satisfied unless these heroic astronauts die in marvellously contrived technological accidents. And, as with close generic rival, Red Planet, this Hollywood

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Supernova Review and Opinion

2018/02/28

Supernova (2000)
Director: Thomas Lee

review by Tony Lee

The new captain of a space-going ambulance is stranded on a doomed planetoid, when a patient that he's just rescued takes over his starship and plots to destroy everyone with a strange alien device.
   Judging from the thrashing this SF mystery thriller received from many film critics, I was

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Forge of mars by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/01/06

The Forge Of Mars
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Michael Lohr

Science fiction novelist Bruce Balfour (The Dagger Of Amon Ra, Outpost) has oddly enough found himself standing along side the likes of Clive Cussler, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton with this novel. Yes, its science fiction, and yes the story is set mainly

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Chesley awards Review and Opinion

2016/03/12

The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective
John Grant, Elizabeth Humphrey, and Pamela D. Scoville
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £30

review by Tony Lee

Since 1985, members of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) have voted each year to award the 'Chesleys' - named after space art pioneer Chesley Bonestell -

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Solaris Review and Opinion

2018/04/05

Solaris (1971)
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

review by Ceri Jordan

This Soviet era classic, adapted from the novel by Stanislaw Lem, sprawls across two discs in Artificial Eye's DVD release, perhaps in emulation of Tarkovsky's epic vision of the future. Sometimes called "the Russian 2001", Solaris is, on the surface, a simpler story than Kubrick

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Song for nero Review and Opinion

2018/04/02

A Song For Nero
Thomas Holt
Little, Brown hardcover £16.99

review by Duncan Lawie

A Song For Nero is an assault with a garrulous instrument. The narrator, Galen, starts talking at a hundred miles an hour and simply doesn't let up for 470 pages. Within a few paragraphs the reader is swept away by this character's immediacy and likeability and

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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Evolution Review and Opinion

2019/02/02

Evolution (2001)
Director: Ivan Reitman

review by Gary Couzens

Investigating a meteorite strike in Arizona, Dr Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and his colleague Harry Block (Orlando Jones) find out that it�s brought to earth more than just rock. Hitching a ride are single-cell organisms that rapidly evolve into complex multi-cellular beings that like their

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Chronicle Review and Opinion

2019/05/04

The Chronicle (2001-2)
Created by Silvio Horta

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel's original series, The Chronicle (aka: News From The Edge), was a promising addition to their line-up with a talented cast, creative scripts and a unique spin on the tabloid world. Given the proper time to develop it might have proved to be solid show for

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Chronicle Review and Opinion

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Algebraist Review and Opinion

2016/04/27

The Algebraist
Iain M. Banks
Orbit hardcover £17.99

review by Christopher Geary

Fassin Taak is a human 'Seer' - not a psychic but a scientist. He's trained and equipped (with a cybernetic pod) to communicate, and virtually commune, with the mysterious alien 'dwellers' - residents of gas-giant planet Nasqueron in the Ulubis system, only one of many

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Dante 01 Review and Opinion

2017/07/12

Dante 01 (2007)
Director: Marc Caro

review by Jim Steel

Those who are familiar with Marc Caro (Delicatessen, City Of Lost Children) will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of internal logical constancy shown in this film. On the other hand, those who are more familiar with science fiction in general will be annoyed by the lack of same

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Island by richard laymon Review and Opinion

2018/11/09

Island
Richard Laymon
Leisure paperback $6.99

review by Michael McCarty

Tragically, Richard Laymon passed away on 14th February 2001, just as he was finally getting the success he deserved. For years, Laymon wrote terrific terror tales but had to get them publish aboard, mostly in England, Australia and New Zealand.
   Publishers like Leisure and

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Hardyware Review and Opinion

2018/12/06

Hardyware: The Art of David A. Hardy
Chris Morgan
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

This career-spanning retro of British space and SF artist David Hardy's work features an impressive range of material, including two-page colour spreads, explanatory captions and a main text written by Chris Morgan condensed from his interviews with

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Planet of the apes Review and Opinion

2018/06/23

Planet Of The Apes (2001)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Touted as a 're-imagination' of the ape-planet concept, the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes aptly demonstrates that there is little imagination left in Hollywood. Indeed, this film is a classic example of style over substance. What is most disappointing, however, is that

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Hollow man Review and Opinion

2018/11/25

Hollow Man (2000)
Director: Paul Verhoeven

review by Peter Schilling

"It's amazing what you can do when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror anymore," says Kevin Bacon's maniacal scientist, threateningly, in this millennial update of the science fictional 'Invisible Man' theme. The witty title is a pun - not just on the quantum shifted mad

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Jason and the argonauts Review and Opinion

2018/11/03

Jason And The Argonauts (2001)
Director: Nick Willing

review by Ian Shutter

Video release for the fantasy adventure broadcast on TV in two parts, at teatime over Easter bank holiday weekend 2001, Jason And The Argonauts is a laudable remake of the 1963 fantasy adventure - famed for its stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.
   This small screen

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