Scifi books reviews

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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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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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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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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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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Star wars: attack of the clones Review and Opinion

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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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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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Fantasy art masters Review and Opinion

2019/01/24

Fantasy Art Masters:
The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work
Dick Jude
Watson-Guptill paperback $24.95

review by Amy Harlib

Originally published in the UK, and fortunately still easily available in the USA, this large-format trade paperback provides ample space on its pages to showcase 10 leading exponents of the truly

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Fantasy art masters Review and Opinion

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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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Punktown by jeffrey thomas Review and Opinion

2015/08/07

Punktown
Jeffrey Thomas
Ministry Of Whimsy paperback $11.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jeffrey Thomas, an American writer of numerous dark fantasy and horror short stories, takes a new approach in this recently published collection of nine interrelated tales of 'slipstream' SF, seven of which have

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Punktown by jeffrey thomas Review and Opinion

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Earthlings Review and Opinion

2017/05/26

Earthlings: Ugly Bags Of Mostly Water (2005)
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

review by Alasdair Stuart

My final year at secondary school is not one I remember fondly. As well as the usual pressures of exams, the final choice of university and the horrors of adolescence I also had to deal with facing the reality of leaving the island I grew up on, the

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Crime studio by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/04/13

The Crime Studio
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Trent Walters

Looking for a good mystery? Keep looking - unless you consider a police chief, who consumes the donut evidence that had nothing to do with the crime, a mystery (Donut Theory). Looking for a space lark as good as

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Crime studio by steve aylett Review and Opinion

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Casshern Review and Opinion

2017/08/19

Casshern (2004)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya

review by Patrick Hudson

Casshern is a live action film based on a Japanese anime series from the 1970s, Casshern: Robot Hunter. Using digital effects and a highly stylised approach, director Kazuaki Kiriya endeavours to capture the hyper-kinetic

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Death in the family Review and Opinion

2019/03/22

Death In The Family (1981)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Several poisonings, a bludgeoning, incest, a couple of bombs, a dismembered burnt arm in a rock pool and a knifing, all in a package only 51 minutes length. In fact, there are more bodies than there are cast members in

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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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