Scifi books reviews

Beneath the ground Review and Opinion

2019/06/14

Beneath The Ground
edited by Joel Lane
Alchemy paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Man has always feared the dark places under the earth, in myth, they are the gates to other worlds, worlds of monsters and gods and the dead. In the modern world, they are curiosities, heritage sites, challenges, and the secret places of children or dangerous loners

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What lies beneath Review and Opinion

2017/12/28

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Director: Robert Zemeckis

review by Christopher Geary

It's not often that you see two big stars like Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford in a relatively low-key Hitchcock style thriller like this. All the more surprising is the fact that this film is a suspenseful murder mystery ghost story directed by one of Hollywood's top

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Shallow ground Review and Opinion

2016/09/08

Shallow Ground (2004)
Director: Sheldon Wilson

review by Patrick Hudson

The residents of Shallow Valley, an isolated town in a wooded valley, are packing up and moving on after the completion of the construction work on a dam that has kept them all employed for the last decade or so. Packing at the sheriff's office is disrupted, however, by the entrance

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Alien worlds Review and Opinion

2017/10/22

Alien Worlds (2005)

review by Alasdair Stuart

With the astonishing success of the Walking With... franchise still continuing, Channel Four take the concept in a new direction - into space. A group of ten scientists combined established scientific fact with CGI fiction to imagine what life could look like on other worlds.

What could so easily

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Hogfather by terry pratchett Review and Opinion

2015/12/02

Hogfather
Terry Pratchett
Corgi paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Pratchett's 20th Discworld novel has been re-issued in a tie-in cover. It feels very odd to have a Pratchett with a film still on the outside, but it is quite possible that the TV version of Hogfather will bring a whole new audience to the Discworld. So what will they

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Blood moon by a.w. gryphon Review and Opinion

2016/03/27

Blood Moon
A.W. Gryphon
Sense Of Wonder hardcover $24.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

The war between the witches and the hunters has raged for almost as long as history has been recorded. The schism that incited the conflict has been the engine behind countless events and now, at last, in

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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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Marebito Review and Opinion

2016/12/24

Marebito (2004)
Director: Shimizu Takashi

review by Gary McMahon

"Horror is actually an ancient wisdom that we find deep in the memory of our souls..."

With Ju-On: The Grudge, Shimizu Takashi gave us a typical J-horror offering

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Cave Review and Opinion

2017/08/17

The Cave (2005)
Director: Bruce Hunt

review by Tony LeeSpoiler Alert!This is a fairly standard SF-horror. Its script by Michael Steinberg and Tegan West was inspired by real world discoveries in the Movile Cave, near the Black Sea in Romania. Explored in the 1990s, this cave is home to over 30 new species

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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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Osmosis jones Review and Opinion

2018/07/17

Osmosis Jones (2001)
Directors: Bobby and Peter Farrelly

review by Trent Walters

Want to learn about the body's immune system fairly painlessly? This may be the movie for you with an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, Chris Rock, Kid Rock, Ron Howard, Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner, and a kind of upgraded low humour the

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Space odyssey, voyage to the planets Review and Opinion

2016/08/17

Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets (2004)
Writer and director: Joe Ahearne

review by Patrick Hudson

When I was a kid, spaceships and space travel fascinated me. I was a little too young to pay attention to the moon landing, but I remember the Soyuz-Apollo link up in 1975, the Viking Mars landing in 1976 and the first space shuttle launch in 1981 very

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Brink Review and Opinion

2017/09/13

The Brink (2006)
Director: Benjamin Cooper

review by Alasdair Stuart

The odder elements of scientific history have always provided fertile ground for horror and science fiction and few areas have been more fruitful than 'electronic voice phenomenon' or EVP. Initially discovered by two Catholic monks, EVP involves leaving a recording device running in

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Clockstoppers Review and Opinion

2017/08/06

Clockstoppers (2002)
Director: Jonathan Frakes

review by Alasdair Stuart

A teenager accidentally gets his hands on a device that can stop time, and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to gain control of it. This teen science fiction movie is lightweight fare but fun nonetheless.

The central mcguffin is a device that doesn't so much stop time as

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Cannibals by rex bowman Review and Opinion

2016/03/15

Cannibals
Rex Bowman
Strider Nolan paperback $5.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

When six teenagers witness the accidental murder of their teacher during a pleasure cruise, the killer, Captain Mcguffey, forces them overboard in a lifeboat. When they find an island, they think that their luck

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Sf uk Review and Opinion

2018/04/24

SF:UK: How British Science Fiction Changed The World
Daniel O'Brien
Reynolds & Hearn paperback £12.95

review by Steven Hampton

This illustrated genre survey, published as a companion book to Channel Four's TV documentary series of the same title, is engaging and thought-provoking. Yet, although the author seems to have a good idea what constitutes

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Colour out of time Review and Opinion

2016/03/07

The Colour Out Of Time
Michael Shea
out of print [July 2005]

review by Patrick Hudson

Michael Shea is one of those writers that you encounter when digging through libraries or secondhand bookshops looking for that elusive 'book a little bit like X'. Shea appears to specialise in being a little bit like X. Shea's pastiche is always at

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It's only temporary by eric shapiro Review and Opinion

2015/11/13

It's Only Temporary
Eric Shapiro
Permuted paperback $8.95

review by Debbie Moon

It's the end of the world - what are you going to do? Pray, panic, run, roll over and die? For newly graduated Sean, facing the fact that the life he's been preparing for is never going to happen, it's simple. He wants to be with former girlfriend Selma when the asteroid

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X the unknown Review and Opinion

2017/12/13

X The Unknown (1956)
Director: Leslie Norman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

One of Hammer's successful forays into science fiction laced with dark fantasy (much like the Quatermass series), X The Unknown attempts to create not so much horror (a guttural response to something frightening) but rather terror (a paralysing response to the unknown

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Collected stories by peter carey Review and Opinion

2019/04/26

Collected Stories
Peter Carey
Faber & Faber paperback £8.99

review by Debbie Moon

Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is not a name immediately associated with genre writing. But, judging from this collection, he's actually one of the finest genre writers at work today.
   The 27 stories in this volume cover a wide range of styles and settings, from

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Atlantis Review and Opinion

2019/06/28

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

review by Michael Lohr

Although this movie was utterly pounded by Shrek at the box office, it is still a wonderfully entertaining movie that both children and adults will enjoy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses mainly traditional animation in its production, but does

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Snow by adam roberts Review and Opinion

2015/06/25

The Snow
Adam Roberts
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

The Snow is Roberts' fifth book and boasts something of a 'high concept', namely that one day it starts snowing and the snow doesn't stop. Soon the streets disappear, then the buildings, and finally the mountains. Roberts follows Tira from her flat in southeast London

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Stuff Review and Opinion

2018/03/05

The Stuff (1986)
Director: Larry Cohen

review by Tony Lee

Any Larry Cohen film is worth seeing. He has a knack for using off-the-wall ideas in clever and imaginative ways - not unlike Cronenberg - but with keenly satirical humour, so that Cohen's films are always more amusing than disturbing.
   This SF horror comedy features Michael Moriarty (who

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Ringworld's children Review and Opinion

2015/07/29

Ringworld's Children
Larry Niven
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Jim McFarlen and Michael McCarty

Larry Niven has done it again. He has taken the reader back to Ringworld, an engineering marvel of such immense proportions, that it could easily outshine its inhabitants and their adventures, if both of the latter weren't so well developed. In the last

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Twisted root of jaarfindor Review and Opinion

2015/05/20

The Twisted Root Of Jaarfindor
Sean Wright
Crowswing paperback £5.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

I like a book that tries to something a bit different. The Twisted Root Of Jaarfindor doesn't so much do something different as systematically demolish most of the conventions of the fantasy genre and storytelling in general. On his website, Sean

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Jack ketchum's the lost Review and Opinion

2017/01/06

The Lost (2006)
Director: Chris Siverston

review by Gary McMahon

Jack Ketchum is an author whose work I've long admired. His stories are powerful, violent and often filled with a great deal of righteous anger. The Lost is the first film adaptation I've seen of Ketchum's work and, if it can be taken as a yardstick, the film bodes well for future

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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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Space cowboys Review and Opinion

2018/03/31

Space Cowboys (2000)
Director: Clint Eastwood

review by Tony Lee

Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys is a curiously romantic adventure with some good performances and yet, overall, it's uninspired, emotionally transparent and - sadly - utterly predictable.
   It's flat without being leaden, solid but not impressive. It certainly has one or two dramatic

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Devil you know by mike carey Review and Opinion

2016/02/11

The Devil You Know
Mike Carey
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Felix Castor has a problem. In fact, he has several but top of the list is the fact that Castor doesn't want to do the one thing he's good at anymore. A professional exorcist, Castor's final job was northing short of a catastrophe and he's forced to take on any work that'

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Ravenous Review and Opinion

2018/06/08

Ravenous (1998)
Director: Antonia Bird

review by Tony Lee

This curious vampire and cannibalism drama has an offbeat historical setting, in 1847 during the Mexican US war. It flirts with the Canadian Indian myth of the wendigo, a remnant of Algonquin folklore concerning an animal spirit that feeds upon human flesh, but doesn't exactly leap into bed with

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Around the world in 80 days Review and Opinion

2017/10/08

Around The World In 80 Days (2004)
Director: Frank Coraci

review by Alasdair Stuart

This update of Verne's classic tale is in many ways more an update of the 1956 film version of the same. It has the same comedic feel, the same cast laden down with cameo appearances and the same breezy, cheerily anarchic approach to history. Faithful it most certainly

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Herbie fully loaded Review and Opinion

2017/03/21

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
Director: Angela Robinson

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Walt Disney Studios put together a string of family films (The Absent Minded Professor, The Shaggy D.A., Herbie Rides Again, The Apple Dumpling Gang) that were witty, fun, and engaging. The entertainment those films

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Light ages Review and Opinion

2018/10/02

The Light Ages
Ian R. MacLeod
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Robbie Burrows grows up in a small Yorkshire pit-town, a pit-town with a difference. It isn't coal that they dig out of the ground it is Aether. A fluid, weightless, mystical substance, Aether (and the spells that control it) makes steel stronger, edges sharper, machines better

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Steamboy Review and Opinion

2016/08/04

Steamboy (2004)
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

review by Jo Johnson-Smith

Having loved Akira for many years, I was expecting something wonderfully bright, imaginative and totally enrapturing. What we have when we put this into the machine is something that should be a ground-breaker for years to come

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Shelter by l h maynard, m p n sims Review and Opinion

2015/07/10

Shelter
L.H. Maynard and M.P.N. Sims
Leisure paperback £5.99 / $6.95

review by Mario Guslandi

Ranked among the finest writers (and rightly so) of dark short fiction in the indie press world Len Maynard and Mick Sims make their debut in the mass market with their first published novel. The fact itself is a remarkable event: very few authors manage to

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Phantom of the opera Review and Opinion

2018/07/02

Phantom Of The Opera (1998)
Director: Dario Argento

review by Denise Wayne

I have enjoyed some of Argento's earlier horror films, so I'm very disappointed to report that this reworking of Leroux's classic is pretty dire throughout. The sad fact is, even when we accept that narrative coherence and logic are not this director's forte, his version of

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Dirty job by christopher moore Review and Opinion

2016/02/07

A Dirty Job
Christopher Moore
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

This is the problem with having expectations: they may not be fulfilled, and then you'll be disappointed. I'd heard great things about Chris Moore's comic novels, and was excited at the prospect of reading and reviewing one for the first time. Unfortunately, though,

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A.li.ce Review and Opinion

2017/10/25

A.Li.Ce (1999)
Director: Kenichi Maejima

review by John Percival

Alice Hayashi is the youngest person ever to go into space. However, soon after the launch her shuttle crashes at the North Pole. After the crash Alice finds herself chased by soldiers and then rescued by a boy named Yuan. Together they discover that during the crash Alice has been catapulted

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