Scifi books reviews

Sacrifice Review and Opinion

2018/05/08

The Sacrifice (1986)
Writer and director: Andrei Tarkovsky

review by Peter Schilling

The Sacrifice (aka: Offret) is an SF/fantasy by the Russian director of Solaris (recently remade by Hollywood) and Stalker (1979). Made in 1986, it was to be Tarkovsky's last film (he died of a

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Time machine Review and Opinion

2018/02/09

The Time Machine (2002)
Directors: Simon Wells (and Gore Verbinski)

review by Gary Couzens

First published in 1895, H.G. Wells' novella is one of the founding texts of modern science fiction. A film version was inevitable once special effects were up to the task - indeed, those in George Pal's 1960 version won an Oscar. That 1960 version became a favourite

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Happening Review and Opinion

2017/04/02

The Happening (2008)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Alasdair Stuart

In Central Park, a woman forgets where she is in her book and asks her friend. Then she asks her again. And again... Across the park, people stop for a moment and then begin to calmly, silently kill themselves. In Philadelphia, high-school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg

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Happening Review and Opinion

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Stalker Review and Opinion

2018/03/21

Stalker (1979)
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

review by Gary Couzens

The Zone is a landscape, sealed off from the rest of civilization, a ruined landscape laid with traps. Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) is one of the few people able to make their way through. He is hired by a writer (Anatoly Solinitsyn) and a professor (Nikolai Grinko) to help them find

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Stalker Review and Opinion

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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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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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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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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 658 Review and Opinion

2015/12/29

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 658 (February 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

One of the advantages of publishing a magazine on a (mostly) monthly basis is that serials are less annoying than they would be in a less regular publication. It still all depends on the individual readers and how they feel about being

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Cats &, dogs Review and Opinion

2019/05/14

Cats & Dogs (2001)
Director: Lawrence Gutterman

review by Emma French

Funny and diverting, Cats & Dogs never quite lives up to the excellence of its high concept. Two species secretly battling for world supremacy via an ultra-sophisticated underground espionage network is a terrific pitch, and though there is plenty done with it, flaws in both

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Lathe of heaven Review and Opinion

2018/10/07

The Lathe Of Heaven (1980)
Directors: David R. Loxton and Fred Barzyk

review by Tony Lee

Based on the classic 1971 novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, this TV movie has recently appeared on video in the USA, after 20 years of obscurity. A beguiling treat for SF fans, it was worth the wait, though!
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War of the worlds, 1953 Review and Opinion

2016/05/20

War Of The Worlds (1953)
Director: Byron Haskin

review by Andrew Darlington

"..and now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth, comes the War of the Worlds" (opening voiceover by Paul Frees).

There's an interesting exchange

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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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Ilium by dan simmons Review and Opinion

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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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Praxis by walter jon williams Review and Opinion

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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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Pashazade by jon courtenay grimwood Review and Opinion

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Lucifer's dragon Review and Opinion

2018/09/15

Lucifer's Dragon
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Lucifer's Dragon is the story of NewVenice, which sits in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Taiwan on bio-engineered coral and the rusting hulks of decommissioned tankers, whalers and container ships. It is a recreation of the great renaissance

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The ring Review and Opinion

2018/05/19

The Ring (2003)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Steven Hampton

Ehren Kruger's screenplay for this American remake of Japan's cult Ringu, returns to the source material of Kôji Suzuki's novel, but relocates the action to Seattle. Gore Verbinski, maker of

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Star wars: attack of the clones Review and Opinion

2018/02/24

Star Wars - Episode Two: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Director: George Lucas

review by Debbie Moon

Ten years after events of The Phantom Menace, a separatist movement threatens to split the Republic in two. Amidala, now Senator for Naboo, escapes an assassination attempt, and Anakin, matured into a smart mouthed teenaged apprentice, is assigned

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London voodoo Review and Opinion

2017/01/12

London Voodoo (2004)
Writer and director: Robert Pratten

review by Christopher Geary

Lincoln (Doug Cockle) and Sarah (Sara Stewart) are an American couple moving to the UK with their small child, so that breadwinner Lincoln can take a new executive position at a London-based marketing firm. To help

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London voodoo Review and Opinion

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Witches of chiswick Review and Opinion

2017/12/22

The Witches Of Chiswick
Robert Rankin
Gollancz hardcover £9.99

review by Tony Lee

From a crime-free, 23rd century police state to a hi-tech industrial Victorian London of the steampunk variety, time-travelling adventurer Will Starling quits his job at the Tate gallery - after saving Richard Dadd

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Wraeththu Review and Opinion

2015/04/29

Wraeththu: The Picture Book
Marja Kettner and Zuaberfeder Verlag
Braunschweig / Zauberfeder Verlag softcover �19.90 / $32

review by Amy Harlib

When British speculative fiction writer Storm Constantines Wraeththu trilogy was published in the late 1980s and early 1990s - The Enchantments Of Flesh and Spirit, The Bewitchments Of Love

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