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Coyote by allen steele Review and Opinion

2016/02/26

Coyote
Allen Steele
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

For the last few years, Allen Steele has been making a name for himself as one of the new kings of hard science fiction. Steele's work tends to be set in the near future, focus on the changes to society that expansion into space will bring and have an upfront, blue collar feel to it

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Planet suite by allen ashley Review and Opinion

2015/08/17

The Planet Suite
Allen Ashley
TTA Press chapbook £4.99

review by Tony Lee

US poet and critic Ezra Pound once wrote that, "Literature is news that stays news." Now here is a bulletin of timeless importance from the talented British writer Allen Ashley. The Planet Suite offers an innovative tour of the Solar system, along the infinite frontiers

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Somnambulists by allen ashley Review and Opinion

2015/06/24

Somnambulists
Allen Ashley
Elastic Press paperback £5

review by Steven Hampton

Allen Ashley's startling fiction is like the literary equivalent of multi-tasking. Most of the 16 short stories (some are reprints, while others are presented for the first time here) in this collection are weaving their own, frequently unique, cunningly devised paths through

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Omegatropic by stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2018/07/23

Omegatropic
Stephen Baxter
BSFA paperback £8

review by Peter Schilling

This assemblage of nonfiction by Britain's premier hard-SF novelist, Stephen Baxter, is published by the British SF Association (of which Baxter is Vice President), and offers several well-researched articles, a few quite fascinating essays and some fairly astute criticism. Although

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Galaxy quest Review and Opinion

2018/12/21

Galaxy Quest (2000)
Director: Dean Parisot

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

A gentle but effective parody of science fiction television, notably Star Trek and its pop-icon culture, Galaxy Quest is a fun film to watch as a lampoon but also as a comedic story laced with exciting special effects. Just like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein,

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Elastic book of numbers Review and Opinion

2016/01/26

The Elastic Book Of Numbers
edited by Allen Ashley
Elastic paperback £6

review by Debbie Moon

As anyone who's tried to use a credit card recently knows, numbers are increasingly dominating our lives. This collection of 21 stories takes this idea to its logical (and illogical) conclusions, with tales of ordinary people who find their lives unravelling

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Writing science fiction and fantasy television Review and Opinion

2017/12/18

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy Television
Joe Nazzaro
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Christopher Geary

Like many professions, writing scripts for TV series has its own peculiar jargon that you need to be aware of - before you can talk to industry insiders about their work. Journalist Joe Nazzaro talks the talk and, helpfully, kicks off this

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Phildelphia experiment Review and Opinion

2018/07/01

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Director: Stewart Raffill

review by Steven Hampton

Executive produced by John Carpenter, this is a time travelling action adventure romance, starring Michael Paré and Nancy Allen. It begins in 1943 with a secret US Navy operation to test a radar-invisibility machine in the hope of creating a perfect stealth warship

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Breed Review and Opinion

2019/06/01

The Breed (2001)
Director: Michael Oblowitz

review by Tony Lee

This is a sci-fi variation on the theme of vampires, filmed on location in Budapest by the director of This World, Then The Fireworks (1997). The Breed is set in the near future, where European government leaders plan to integrate vampires into human society. It stars Adrian

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Thou shalt not... Review and Opinion

2015/05/31

Thou Shalt Not...
editor: Lee Allen Howard
Dark Cloud paperback $17

review by Mario Guslandi

Thou Shalt Not... is a massive volume of 410 pages from Pennsylvania-based Dark Cloud Press, featuring horror and crime stories about people who break one of the ten commandments and, generally

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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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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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Mad professor by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/10/03

Mad Professor
Rudy Rucker
Thunder's Mouth paperback $15.95

review by Jim Steel

This collection is subtitled The Uncollected Short Stories Of Rudy Rucker, to which the obvious comeback is - well, they're collected now! Although four of the stories were published in 2006 (and some of

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From the dust returned Review and Opinion

2018/12/28

From The Dust Returned
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight hardcover £16.99

review by Steven Hampton

Somewhere in fantasy genealogy, perhaps sandwiched between the 'Endless' (from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics) and Clive Barker's Nightbreed mutants, live the Elliott clan, a bunch of the queerest folk yet. They are the weird psychic aunts, winged uncles

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Whole wide world Review and Opinion

2017/12/25

Whole Wide World
Paul McAuley
Voyager hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This one reads like an attempt by worthy British SF author, McAuley, to break into both the detective novel and spy thriller stakes, using a triple whammy of cyberpunk motifs, grisly murder details, and conspiracy theory chills. And yet, offbeat futuristic underworld

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Ash: a secret history Review and Opinion

2019/07/02

Ash: A Secret History
Mary Gentle
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Ash is a child of war: growing up parentless among camp followers, she takes naturally to the life of a soldier, and builds a renowned mercenary band under her leadership. This brings fame, riches, a thoroughly unwanted noble husband - and involvement in a conflict that

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Being john malkovich Review and Opinion

2019/06/15

Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director: Spike Jonze

review by Patrick Hudson

Frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwatz (John Cusack) gets a job doing freelance filing, because his fingers are so nimble they can file extra fast. While working on the seventh-and-a-half floor of his building, he discovers a tiny doorway that leads into the consciousness of John

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Bourne supremacy Review and Opinion

2019/05/22

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Director: Paul Greengrass

review by Debbie Moon

Jason Bourne has escaped his former life as a brainwashed CIA assassin, and is living quietly with girlfriend Marie. But the headaches and the nightmares won't leave him alone - and neither will the ruthless killer who keeps tracking him down. Meanwhile, a botched operation in

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Ilium by dan simmons Review and Opinion

2018/11/15

Ilium
Dan Simmons
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Thomas Hockenberry is a deceased academic who finds himself resurrected and hurled across space and time into the period he spent his life studying - the Trojan War. It's his duty to record each day's events and report to the fierce

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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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Praxis by walter jon williams Review and Opinion

2018/06/17

The Praxis
Walter Jon Williams
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

The Shaa have ruled a multi-species, galaxy spanning empire for ten millennia, built through conquest and control of wormholes and maintained by absolute power and rigid control codified in the Praxis. This religion

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Pashazade by jon courtenay grimwood Review and Opinion

2018/07/13

Pashazade
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Jon Courtenay Grimwood's ability to sustain a plot has grown in the course of his SF career to the extent that he has now embarked upon a trilogy. Pashazade is also a new beginning in terms of both settings and character, though it is less clear whether this is

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