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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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Forge of mars by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/01/06

The Forge Of Mars
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Michael Lohr

Science fiction novelist Bruce Balfour (The Dagger Of Amon Ra, Outpost) has oddly enough found himself standing along side the likes of Clive Cussler, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton with this novel. Yes, its science fiction, and yes the story is set mainly

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Distraction by bruce sterling Review and Opinion

2016/02/06

Distraction
Bruce Sterling
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

Oscar is an east-coast senator's aide whose reforming boss wants to shake up the US Congress. Greta is a successful neuroscientist hoping her biotechnology lab will save their once great nation and the planet. They live among wandering tribes of dealers, tinkers and sightseers

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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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Hulk Review and Opinion

2018/11/20

Hulk (2003)
Director: Ang Lee

review by Patrick Hudson

For those of us who spent the 1970s cringing through dire TV shows and rotten, cheaply produced movies starring portly guys in Lycra, the current crop of superhero movies is like all of our childhood dreams come true. It's seems incredible to think of a time when comics were better than the movies

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Batman begins Review and Opinion

2017/10/03

Batman Begins (2005)
Director: Christopher Nolan

review by Christopher Geary

There appears to have been some grumbling among comicbook fans about how much this movie, effectively a prequel to Warners' existing Bat franchise (launched back in 1989 with Tim Burton's monstrously flawed Batman, starring Michael Keaton), draws upon Frank Miller's

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Ultimate avengers 2: rise of the panther Review and Opinion

2016/06/22

Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther (2006)
Directors: Will Meugniot and Richard Sebast

review by Ian R. Faulkner

Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther introduces us to a new character, the Black Panther (voiced by Jeffrey D. Sams), who is not only a superhero but also the crown prince of an unknown and isolated land hidden deep with Africa

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What we believe but cannot prove Review and Opinion

2015/05/10

What We Believe But Cannot Prove:
Today's Leading Thinkers On Science In The Age Of Certainty
editor: John Brockman
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

The result of a thought experiment, this book collects the answers each Edge member gave to editor Brockman's titular question. Edge, a group of thinkers encompassing scientific and

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Triangle, 2005 Review and Opinion

2016/06/27

The Triangle (2005)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by J.C. Hartley

The recent resurgence in American science fiction series such as Invasion and Surface, and arguably Lost, begs the question what strange paranoia is behind it all, the aquatic background to all three

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Good old-fashioned future Review and Opinion

2018/12/12

A Good Old-Fashioned Future
Bruce Sterling
Gollancz Paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

This short story collection is a good opportunity to catch up with the Bruce Sterling of the late 1990s. Whilst none of these stories is more than eight years old, some of them have dated considerably - they have their roots in the same world as ours, but their

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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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Evil dead trilogy Review and Opinion

2019/02/04

The Evil Dead (1979-82)
Director: Sam Raimi

review by Christopher Geary

Don't go in the woods. Don't stay at the old cabin. Don't look in the cellar. Don't open that ancient book. Don't have premonitions of doom. Don't talk that cheesy romantic talk by the fireside. Don't wander out into the fog after dark. Don't try to flee the crime scene in your car

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Dark knight Review and Opinion

2017/07/09

The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan

review by Roger Keen

Of all the villains pitted against any superhero, the Joker has always been the most charismatic, embodying in the yin and the yang of his hybrid personality that most singular of nightmare bogeyman archetypes - the scary clown. Now in his third celluloid incarnation, this much-heralded

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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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Unbreakable Review and Opinion

2018/01/16

Unbreakable (2000)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

review by Ceri Jordan

After the worldwide success of The Sixth Sense, hopes were high for Shyamalan's second feature. Of course, it could never live up to the hype, and perhaps it was designed specifically not to. Unbreakable is one of those ideas that you either accept or you don't, and

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Bubba ho-tep Review and Opinion

2019/05/21

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

review by Eric Turowski

Elvis meets the mummy? How did I never hear of this film? Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley, who had long ago traded places with an Elvis impersonator (who subsequently died), Sebastian Haff. Now, due to a tragic barbeque accident and an ironic pelvis fracture infection that sent

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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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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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Re-animator Review and Opinion

2018/06/07

Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Jeff Young

"You once did me a favour by letting me into your medical school... Welcome back to life!" This is classic low-budget comedy horror with tongue-in-cheek perversity and one of the great splatter finales, based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
   Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs, lately a malicious

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