Scifi books reviews

Ares express by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2019/07/07

Ares Express
Ian McDonald
Earthlight paperback £7.99

review by Porl Broome

Oh dear, two of my least favourite literary subject matters: the Red Planet, and - gulp - trains. Still, I was careful to keep my stones un-cast until I'd at least given this novel a fair crack of the whip. The story follows the adventures of Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-

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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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Brasyl by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2016/03/19

Brasyl
Ian McDonald
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

There is a scene in Alastair Reynolds' debut novel Revelation Space (2000), where a character has to pay a visit to some aliens in order to have his mind reconfigured to work like an alien's. In return for this piece

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Futures Review and Opinion

2018/12/24

Futures
editor: Peter Crowther
Gollancz hardcover £12.99

review by Steven Hampton

A superb collection of four novellas, previously available in separate chapbook editions from the editor's own PS Publishing. This book's varied science fictions may lack a common anthological

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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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Journeyman Review and Opinion

2018/10/24

Journeyman: The Art of Chris Moore
Stephen Gallagher
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Peter Schilling

A winning combination of genre and striking non-genre illustrations, and lengthy interview with Chris Moore, Journeyman is a must for all fans of SF, whether you're a collector of art-books or not. Stephen Gallagher elicits candid replies

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New dragon gate inn Review and Opinion

2018/07/30

New Dragon Gate Inn (1992)
Director: Li Hui Min

review by Jeff Young

Produced by the great Tsui Hark (pron. 'Choy Hok'), this mediaeval swordplay fantasy is a remake of King Hu's Dragon Gate Inn (1967), and features the Asian superstar Donnie Yen, Tony (Hard-Boiled) Leung, Maggie (Irma Vep) Cheung and the recently retired Brigitte

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Dracula III Review and Opinion

2017/06/03

Dracula III: Legacy (2005)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Roy Scheider I am sorry. I don't think I am actually entirely responsible, but as a moviegoer I feel somewhat partly to blame. I know things haven't been the best lately but are they truly this bad? The shock I had when I got my copy of Dracula III: Legacy and

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Day the earth caught fire Review and Opinion

2019/03/26

The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Director: Val Guest

review by Tony Lee

With recent freak storms, droughts and recurring floods, and the gloomy prospect of global warming fast becoming unavoidable reality, a new generation of film fans will surely find this 40-year-old British disaster movie far more eerie, frightening, and unnervingly prophetic

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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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Down Review and Opinion

2019/03/06

Down (2001)
Director: Dick Maas

review by Paul Higson

Down gets off to rattling start. Overly lit and obvious sets, belly laugh dialogue and horror set-ups, suddenly one is back 20 years to the golden age of video and the arrival of a horde of comic horror tales, many of those coming from the previous decade of the 1970s. Larry Cohen, Jeff Leiberman

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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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Land's end, labrador Review and Opinion

2015/10/22

Land's End - Labrador
John Russell Fearn
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box paperback $15.95

review by Andrew Darlington

In 2000 AD, Judge Dredd's Megacity One is linked by tunnel beneath the toxic 'Black Atlantic' to Europe. A decade earlier, Harry Harrison had already engineered his own undersea link between the continents when he wrote A TransAtlantic

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Catwoman Review and Opinion

2017/08/18

Catwoman (2004)
Director: Pitov

review by Jeff Young

Can Halle Berry really act? Hey, don't laugh or shrug now, it's an extremely serious question when the success of a whole film depends on her central performance. Berry was feeble as weather-witch Storm in two X-Men films, and she nearly sunk

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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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Visionary in residence Review and Opinion

2015/05/14

Visionary In Residence
Bruce Sterling
Thunder's Mouth paperback $15.95

review by Patrick Hudson

Bruce Sterling is described on the back of his new short story collection Visionary In Residence as "the leather-jacketed high druid of cyberpunk," but with a critically acclaimed three-decade career behind him it's a little hard to think of him as

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Returner Review and Opinion

2018/05/25

Returner (2002)
Director: Takashi Yamazaki

review by Amy Harlib

A new Japanese science fiction action film with limited distribution (it's in Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles) though heavily derivative of Hollywood genre pictures, still deserves to be seen and enjoyed by aficionados. Director Takashi Yamazaki's second feature (after the similarly

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Negadon attacks Review and Opinion

2016/11/25

Negadon Attacks (2006)
- three animated odysseys from Japan

review by Amy Harlib

A New York-based media company, Central Park Media, that imports Japanese manga (comics) and anime (DVDs) for sale in the USA, arranged for limited theatrical distribution for a 90-minute presentation of a trio of its best offerings under the title 'Negadon Attacks: three

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My dirty little book of stolen time Review and Opinion

2015/09/29

My Dirty Little Book Of Stolen Time
Liz Jensen
Bloomsbury hardcover £12.99

review by Steve Sneyd

This is fun science fiction, in the golden age tradition of characters drawn with the broadest strokes facing the wildest of plot perils with quip-filled élan. It differs from such pulp tales mainly because, in those days even the mildly spicy element of

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Spy kids trilogy Review and Opinion

2016/08/10

Spy Kids (2001)
writer and director: Robert Rodriguez

review by Amy Harlib

The multi-talented Robert Rodriguez, noted for his success making fast-paced very violent adult action-suspense-thriller type movies on very low budgets, now offers up an equally frenetically-energised cinematic outing - this time a wholly family-oriented James Bond spoof on a

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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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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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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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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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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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Akira Review and Opinion

2019/07/23

Akira (1988)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

review by Porl Broome

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a classic of the modern-cinema. When I say that I don't mean it's a classic amongst other animated films, I mean it's a classic amongst all films, be they animated, or live action. The plot is huge, the storyline is intricate, the characters are complex, and

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