Scifi books reviews

Appleseed by john clute Review and Opinion

2019/07/08

Appleseed
John Clute
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

John Clute is a well-known SF critic, and his penetrating and precise criticism has appeared in SF journals since the 1960s - his early work appeared in New Worlds and he was one of the founders of Interzone. He is co-editor of The Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction

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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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Paradox by john meaney Review and Opinion

2015/08/24

Paradox
John Meaney
Bantam paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Paradox is the second science fiction novel by UK writer John Meaney whose first book, To Hold Infinity (1998), garnered much praise and was nominated for a British SF Association award. Paradox, just recently published in the USA in hardcover by Pyr/Prometheus ($25

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Visitants by john kinsella Review and Opinion

2018/01/04

Visitants
John Kinsella
Bloodaxe paperback £7.99

review by Steve Sneyd

Bloodaxe is one of the big three UK mainstream poetry publishers yet here is a collection drawing heavily on science fiction themes, even terminology and sources (although the blurb carefully avoids the SF-word!). Name Australian poet Kinsella uses the possibility, and actuality

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Ophiuchi hotline by john varley Review and Opinion

2018/07/18

The Ophiuchi Hotline
John Varley
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Patrick Hudson

In the mid-21st century, humanity is unceremoniously evicted from Earth by mysterious aliens known only as the Invaders. The remnants are pushed out to the moon and then to the other planets of the Solar system. Humanity has an ally, however, in the shape of the Ophiuchi

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Cambridge companion to science fiction Review and Opinion

2016/03/16

The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction
editors: Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
Cambridge University Press paperback £16.99

review by Tony Lee

Like Brian Aldiss' magnificent Trillion Year Spree, this book explores the view that SF is as much a literary mode as it is a genre, but it offers more than just a succinct history of its subject

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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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Mind's eye by paul mcauley Review and Opinion

2015/09/21

Mind's Eye
Paul McAuley
Simon and Schuster hardcover £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Paul J. McAuley was an Interzone discovery of the 1980s who moved on to novels at Gollancz, the first two books being published in the iconic yellow jacket. Those books were typical 1980s' downbeat British SF, but he was also part of the radical hard SF movement

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Frequency Review and Opinion

2018/12/31

Frequency (2000)
Director: Gregory Hoblit

review by Steven Hampton

Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) is a fireman in New York, 1969. His grown up son John (Jim Caviezel) is a homicide detective, still living in the family's house 30 years later. When John starts toying with an old shortwave radio set, he is mysteriously linked to the past so he can talk

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Tik tok Review and Opinion

2018/02/12

Tik-Tok
John Sladek
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Gollancz continue their selection of the world's best with this delightful satire - proving that, however odd the American electoral process has been recently, it still hasn't matched the dark ironies of the late John Sladek's imagination.
   Tik-Tok is everyone's best bet

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Mammoth encyclopedia of science fiction Review and Opinion

2018/09/12

The Mammoth Encylopedia Of Science Fiction
edited by George Mann
Robinson paperback £9.99

review by Steven Hampton

There's plenty to nitpick here, but The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is not the abysmal failure that certain overhasty reviewers would have you believe. As the publicity blurb declares, it's an "up-to-date, concise, clear

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Old man's war Review and Opinion

2015/08/30

Old Man's War
John Scalzi
Tor paperback $12.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

John Perry joined the Colonial Defence Forces on his birthday. This in itself isn't unusual. What is unusual is that he joined on his 75th birthday. John Scalzi's astonishingly confident debut novel builds from this simple premise into a modern classic that falls somewhere between

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Mr and mrs smith Review and Opinion

2016/12/03

Mr & Mrs Smith (2005)
Director: Doug Liman

review by Christopher Geary

Essentially a combo rehash of the Kathleen Turner movies, Prizzi's Honour (1985), War Of The Roses (1989), and Undercover Blues (1993), this briskly paced comedy-adventure about a couple of assassins that receive secret orders to kill one another, also delivers

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Eden lake Review and Opinion

2017/05/25

Eden Lake (2008)
Writer and director: James Watkins

review by Jonathan McCalmont

In the 2009 edition of the Time Out Film Guide, noted film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum argues that going to the cinema is no longer an adult activity, the large screens are dominated by costumed vigilantes, the smaller screens by CGIed animals, and the entire comedy

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First meetings in the enderverse Review and Opinion

2019/02/13

First Meetings In The Enderverse
Orson Scott Card
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

This volume collects four stories related to Card's most celebrated creation: the original, novella length, version of Ender's Game, two prequels, and a sequel.
   The first story, The Polish Boy, deals with Ender's father, John Paul, a barely

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Human front by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2018/11/19

The Human Front
Ken MacLeod
PS Publishing paperback £8/$14

review by Steven Hampton

This novella is an alternative history of early 20th century Britain in which the grim Cold War prospect of a limited nuclear exchange was not averted (Moscow being among those major cities laid waste), and

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Secret window Review and Opinion

2016/09/13

Secret Window (2004)
Writer and director: David Koepp

review by Eric Turowski

Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Stephen King - you'd think you couldn't go wrong with this one. I'm giving it one star just for the big names. We have Mort Rainey (Depp) as a writer who sleeps all the time, John Shooter (Turturro), a farmer who claims Rainey stole one of Shooter

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Unearthly visions, fantasy art gallery Review and Opinion

2018/12/18

Unearthly Visions: Approaches To Science Fiction And Fantasy Art
editors: Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, and Kathleen Church Plummer
Greenwood hardcover £48.95

Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery
edited by Paul Barnett
Paper Tiger artbook £14.95 / $21.95

reviews by Steven Hampton

Here are two very different books that, together

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Don't Look Now + The Man Who Fell To Earth Review and Opinion

2018/05/12

Don't Look Now (1973)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

reviews by Gary Couzens

When their daughter dies in a drowning accident, John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) take a holiday in out-of-season Venice, where John works on restoring a church. Laura meets

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Faculty of terror Review and Opinion

2016/01/10

The Faculty Of Terror
John Llewellyn Probert
Gray Friar paperback £7.50 / $14

review by Sean Parker

Ah, this one is fun. John L. Probert writes with some of the same warped humour as the late Robert Bloch, and here he has written a book which can be seen as a tribute to the anthology movies

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Light Review and Opinion

2018/10/01

Light
M. John Harrison
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Patrick Hudson

M. John Harrison published his first SF story in New Worlds magazine in 1968, and for the last 30-odd years he has been leading the cutting edge of literary science fiction and fantasy. The Viriconium series,

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Ghosts of mars Review and Opinion

2018/12/16

Ghosts Of Mars (2001)
Director: John Carpenter

review by Trent Walters

They warned you not to go. They pulled their hair and screamed you'd regret it if you went through with it. But you didn't listen... to the critics of Ghosts Of Mars.
   The idea is actually interesting but almost as thin as the plot. Scientists open an ancient tomb that

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Edgewise by graham masterton Review and Opinion

2016/01/29

Edgewise
Graham Masterton
Severn House paperback £9.99

review by Ian R. Faulkner

Graham Masterton began his writing career way back in 1975 with The Manitou, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man, which became

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Superman: true brit Review and Opinion

2015/06/12

Superman: True Brit
Kim 'Howard' Johnson and John Cleese
DC Comics / Titan hardcover £19.99 / $27.95

review by Ian Shutter

The alternative myths of the world's favourite superhero character are continued here with this slickly packaged graphic novel, featuring colourful artwork by John Byrne and Mark Farmer. Superman: True Brit offers a largely

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Albion Review and Opinion

2016/04/29

Albion
Alan Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Shane Oakley and George Freeman
Titan graphic novel £9.99

review by J.C. Hartley

Originally printed as a mini-series by Wildstorm for DC Comics, the impetus for Albion came from artist Shane Oakley with the involvement of Alan Moore. As Moore was winding up his comicbook commitments at the time, his

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Mummy and mummy returns Review and Opinion

2018/08/09

The Mummy (1999)
Director: Stephen Sommers

review by Carl Meewezen

Monster-mash variation on those perennial themes of Egyptian horror, the cursed tomb and the magically revived victim of a pharaoh's wrath. Here, Imhotep is played with delicious relish by Arnold Vosloo (Lance Henriksen's sidekick in John Woo's Hard Target), while Brendan Fraser

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Triquorum one Review and Opinion

2015/05/22

Triquorum One
editor: Christopher Teague
Pendragon paperback £5.99

review by Steven Hampton

Here's something different you don't see every day, T: One is an independently published book of three novellas from a British small press outfit. I admire the simplicity of the wraparound

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Mothman prophecies Review and Opinion

2018/08/11

The Mothman Prophecies (2001)
Director: Mark Pellington

review by Michael Lohr

Raised in the mid-Ohio Valley (I was born in West Virginia and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, my grandmother was born and raised in Point Pleasant, where all the sightings first occurred), I was always familiar with the legend of the 'mothman' and all the strange UFO

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