Scifi books reviews

All tomorrow's parties by william gibson Review and Opinion

2019/07/20

All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Penguin paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

All Tomorrow's Parties concludes the popular trilogy that includes Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996) - set towards the close of the 21st century. As much character-driven as plot-driven, the story focuses on the approach of what celebrated, American

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Pattern recognition by william gibson Review and Opinion

2018/07/11

Pattern Recognition
William Gibson
Penguin / Viking hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

Cayce Pollard is an American consultant to a corporate ad agency, advising designers on promising trends, emergent fads and marketing strategies. She has a gift for knowing what's cool and what's naff on the street, whether browsing the subculture of New

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Against gravity by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/30

Against Gravity
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Against Gravity is a technothriller set in 2096. Kendrick Gallmon is a former journalist who has survived a period as a political prisoner and experimental subject in a US nanotech lab hidden away in South America. As the book opens, he is leading a semi-normal life alongside

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Superman: for tomorrow Review and Opinion

2015/06/08

Superman: For Tomorrow - volume one
Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

This graphic novel (first published in 2004 as Superman #204 - 209) points up some of the current thinking about the character as you would expect from such a prestigious creative team.

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Angel stations by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/23

Angel Stations
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £10.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Long ago a vanished species left relics of its civilisation strewn across the galaxy. Dubbed 'Angels' by humanity, this species possessed an almost god-like technology, including time and space distorting machines, miraculous bio-ware and nanotech, and immense teleportation hubs

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Memoirs of a master forger by william heaney Review and Opinion

2015/09/27

Memoirs Of A Master Forger
William Heaney
Gollancz hardcover £9.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

William Heaney is not the man you think he is. In this, his sensational tell-all memoir, the head of the National Organisation for Youth Advocacy reveals a past (and present!) of drunken debauchery, fraudulent dealings, and dabbling in the occult! Sort

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Distraction by bruce sterling Review and Opinion

2016/02/06

Distraction
Bruce Sterling
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

Oscar is an east-coast senator's aide whose reforming boss wants to shake up the US Congress. Greta is a successful neuroscientist hoping her biotechnology lab will save their once great nation and the planet. They live among wandering tribes of dealers, tinkers and sightseers

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Altered carbon by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2019/07/15

Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Christopher Geary

Richard Morgan's debut SF novel is a genre-breaking, hardboiled noir murder mystery, with body-swap identity crises and plenty of ingenious gadgetry that's used, and abused, in the service of mass slaughter and cyberpunk adventure.
   Takeshi Kovacs was an agent

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Coalescent Review and Opinion

2019/04/28

Coalescent: Destiny's Children - Book 1
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Coalescent shows signs of a new departure for Stephen Baxter, integrating the present day with his grasp of long time scales. It combines George Poole's contemporary investigation of a family mystery with a story that begins 1600 years ago

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Difference engine Review and Opinion

2019/03/17

The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Difference Engine was first published in 1990, just as cyberpunk hit the mainstream and SF had one of its brief moments in the sun. The Internet was beginning to make the news, the web was just around the corner, computers were slowly

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Code 46 Review and Opinion

2017/08/04

Code 46 (2004)
Director: Michael Winterbottom

review by Debbie Moon

In a future where the insurance risk you present controls your destiny, and those who present the worst risks are banished to Third World hinterlands, papers that prove you're covered are the most valuable thing on Earth. William (Tim Robbins) is a semi-psychic investigator sent to investigate

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Eden by ken wisman Review and Opinion

2019/02/17

Eden
Ken Wisman
Authorhouse paperback $14.95

review by Patrick Hudson

Ken Wisman opens Eden with several pages of explanation of the novel's origins in a series of psychedelic drug trips. He explains that between 1998 and 2000 he took 40 trips using an unnamed psychedelic drug, and the resulting

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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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Bareback by kit whitfield Review and Opinion

2016/04/08

Bareback
Kit Whitfield
Jonathan Cape hardcover £12.99

review by Tony Lee

In TV's Buffy, wiccan student Willow ponders her troubled romance with Oz in a throwaway quip: "My boyfriend's a werewolf, but... not all the time." From such a notion, first-time novelist Kit Whitfield imagines a parallel

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Doctor who Review and Opinion

2019/02/25

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)
Director: Waris Hussein

review by Jeff Young

It's a weird experience watching this - the first ever appearance of the most famous British SF icon. William Hartnell's original interpretation of the immortal character is a decidedly odd combination of (other?) worldliness and brittle pomposity, as he virtually kidnaps

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Richard matheson's kolchak scripts Review and Opinion

2018/10/14

Richard Matheson's Kolchak Scripts
editor: Mark Dawidziak
Gauntlet Press hardcover $150

review by Michael McCarty

One might ask if Richard Matheson's three-script collection is worth the hefty cover price, but the answer is yes - absolutely, yes! Mark Dawidziak does the introductions to all three scripts as well as interviews with all the principal

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League of extraordinary gentlemen: black dossier Review and Opinion

2016/03/29

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
America's Best Comics hardcover £19.99

review by Patrick Hudson

I had not intended to buy a copy of this book. I'd looked at it, and having enjoyed the previous volumes in the series, I was tempted, but the relatively high price tag for the hardcover (�20) had put me

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Dark light by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/02

Dark Light
Ken MacLeod
Tor hardcover $25.95 / Orbit £16.99

review by Jeremy Smith

British science fiction has always stood apart from the American brand. Writing as the sun set on their empire, the earliest masters of the scientific romance and the dreadful warning - men like H.G. Wells, Olaf Stapleton, and Aldous Huxley - published novels of philosophical

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Broken, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/09/12

Broken (2008)
Writer and director: Sean Ellis

review by Paul Higson

As the recession deepens filmgoers may think long and hard before handing over precious pennies on a cinema ticket. Peak time prices can hurt when you can alternatively see a several upcoming bands on a bill for not much more or might be able to spend clever on the ownership of several

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Osmosis jones Review and Opinion

2018/07/17

Osmosis Jones (2001)
Directors: Bobby and Peter Farrelly

review by Trent Walters

Want to learn about the body's immune system fairly painlessly? This may be the movie for you with an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, Chris Rock, Kid Rock, Ron Howard, Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner, and a kind of upgraded low humour the

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Rainbows end by vernor vinge Review and Opinion

2015/08/04

Rainbows End
Vernor Vinge
Tor hardcover $25.95

review by Tony Lee

Set in a highly computerised San Diego, in the year 2025, Rainbows End charts the recovery to stable mental health of former Alzheimer's patient, Robert Gu, an almost forgotten poet of once legendary status who finds himself excluded from the modern cyber-enhanced world, adrift

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Little brother by cory doctorow Review and Opinion

2015/10/14

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Tor hardcover $17.95

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Following on the heels of the likes of China Mieville and Scott Westerfeld, Cory Doctorow (Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom and Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town) has decided to jump the fence and

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Fear dot com Review and Opinion

2019/01/18

FearDotCom (2002)
Director: William Malone

review by Michael Lohr

A series of bizarre deaths rouse the suspicion of Detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) and Department of Health inspector Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone). Upon investigation they discover that all the victims' shared one common link, they visited a website called Fear.com, run by a

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Pleasantville Review and Opinion

2018/06/21

Pleasantville (1998)
Writer and director: Gary Ross

review by Debbie Moon

Teenager David is obsessed with a 1950s' TV show, 'Pleasantville', featuring a happy family living in an idyllic community. Given his erratic home life, his desire to escape to a world of fantasy is understandable. However, when he and his worldly sister are sucked into the show

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Furnace Review and Opinion

2017/04/21

Furnace (2006)
Director: William Butler

review by Christopher Teague

Far be it for me to pour scorn on a low-budget horror flick, but unfortunately from the opening minutes of Furnace it quickly became apparent that I was about to watch something that is a mongrel cross between an episode of Diagnosis Murder and something you'd discover

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Digital dead by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/03/16

The Digital Dead
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

In this sequel to his wonderful The Forge Of Mars, Bruce Balfour brings back the characters of Tau Wolfsinger and his girlfriend Kate McCloud into another aspect of his world, seeing Kate kidnapped and

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River of gods by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2015/07/28

River Of Gods
Ian McDonald
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Ian McDonald has been active on the British SF scene for ages now and this is far from being his first book. He's already won the British SF Association prize for best novel of 2004 and he's hotly tipped to scoop a Clarke award too. With the Nebulas and Hugos both opting

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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