Scifi books reviews

Wheel of the infinite by martha wells Review and Opinion

2015/05/06

Wheel Of The Infinite
Martha Wells
EOS / HarperCollins paperback $6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Martha Wells is that rarity, amidst the glut of endlessly repetitive fantasy series and recycled clichés - she is a writer whose every book features refreshingly different settings, characters, and ideas, etc. In her fourth novel of fantastic fiction, preceding

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Infinite crisis Review and Opinion

2015/11/18

Infinite Crisis
Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, and others
DC Comics / Titan hardcover $24.95 / £19.99

review by Christopher Geary

The plot of this graphic novel spans the length and breadth, plumbs the depths, pokes into every darkest corner, and sprawls - almost chaotically - across the vastness of the DC superheroes' multi-verse. As its grand title suggests

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Power girl Review and Opinion

2015/08/13

Power Girl
Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, and others
Titan graphic novel £7.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The blurb on the back of this book asks, "Who is Power Girl? ... Superman's cousin? ... Granddaughter of an ancient Atlantean sorcerer? ... Pawn in a game of cosmic chess?" My wife suggested there was another question that might be posed about the super

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Meditations on middle earth Review and Opinion

2018/08/29

Meditations On Middle-Earth
edited by Karen Haber
Earthlight paperback £10

review by Debbie Moon

Thanks to a certain film, Tolkien fever is back with a vengeance, and the cash-in industry is in full swing. Admittedly, asking the next generation of fantasy writers about the influence Tolkien's work had upon them is one of the more interesting ideas

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Planet suite by allen ashley Review and Opinion

2015/08/17

The Planet Suite
Allen Ashley
TTA Press chapbook £4.99

review by Tony Lee

US poet and critic Ezra Pound once wrote that, "Literature is news that stays news." Now here is a bulletin of timeless importance from the talented British writer Allen Ashley. The Planet Suite offers an innovative tour of the Solar system, along the infinite frontiers

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Super-state by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2018/02/27

Super-State: A Novel Of A Future Europe
Brian Aldiss
Orbit hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This is expansive speculative fiction. It frames a big picture of diverse elements with a vast array of characters that spills over into the real world of today whenever we recognise an aspect of the political dogma being dissected, or a cultural

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Science fiction art of vincent di fate Review and Opinion

2018/01/05

The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

A genre illustrator for more than 30 years, Vincent Di Fate worked for legendary SF magazine editor John W. Campbell, and is the author of Infinite Worlds (1997), an invaluable study of art in science fiction. This book, as you would expect from a gifted

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J.s.a. mixed signals Review and Opinion

2015/11/04

JSA: Mixed Signals
Geoff Johns, and others
DC Comics / Titan paperback £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The Justice Society of America was formed in 1940 to lick Hitler. They were created by writer Gardner Fox who, with Bill Finger, was responsible for everything about Batman that Bob Kane took the credit for, along with DC editor Sheldon Mayer.

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King of the ants Review and Opinion

2017/01/29

King Of The Ants (2003)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Steve Anderson

The big problem with King Of The Ants is that it can't quite figure out just what kind of movie it is. It's one heavy part crime drama, and one equally heavy part David Lynch hallucinogenic horror romp. I always hate it when a movie can't seem to figure out what it is. It

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Pi Review and Opinion

2018/06/28

Pi (1998)
Director: Darren Aronofsky

review by Emma French

A mathematician with migraines has rarely proved as intriguing as Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette), the tortured hero, does in Pi, a superbly acted and dazzlingly intelligent production. Though the film makes no effort to be populist or accessible, it is elevated above cult curiosity

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Mulholland dr Review and Opinion

2018/08/10

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Director: David Lynch

review by Trent Walters

This movie deserves more than three stars, but two hours into David Lynch's "love story in the city of dreams" (as he called Mulholland Dr.), you're likely to find the story is suddenly not the story you thought it was. Luckily, you don't have to shell out the extra theatre bucks

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Superman: up, up and away Review and Opinion

2015/06/21

Superman: Up, Up And Away!
Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel $19.95 / £8.99

review by Christopher Geary

Billed as a re-introduction to Superman comics, this superbly written graphic novel is not a revisionist piece like those alternative origin myths (True

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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2018/11/26

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
Director: Alan J.W. Bell

review by Steven Hampton

Despite his lowly socio-economic status, sourpuss demeanour, and complete lack of sartorial refinement, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) is very much the everyman cousin of sci-fi heroes Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Like Flash Gordon before him, Arthur

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Chocky collection Review and Opinion

2017/08/10

Chocky: The Complete Collection (1984-6)
Creator: Anthony Read

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Do you remember Spangles? You might think you do. But you don't. I have in my hands a memo proving that spangles were in fact created in 1995 by an advertising agency. It formed the basis for a revolutionary form of viral marketing whereby celebrities would be

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Spider man 2 Review and Opinion

2016/08/16

Spider-Man (2004)
Director: Sam Raimi

review by Amy Harlib

That wondrous web-slinger returns in Spider-Man 2, the stunning sequel to Spider-Man - both films deserving their huge box-office successes. The stellar cast and crew, with the former entirely and the latter mostly, return for

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Battlestar galactica season 2 Review and Opinion

2017/09/06

Battlestar Galactica (2005-6)
Developed by Ronald D. Moore

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Spoiler Alert!The best things in life never last. Whether it's that restaurant that serves a chocolate terrine so tasty it's as if a chocolaty Jesus came on your face, or that redhead at work that's been giving

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Exultant, stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2016/01/14

Exultant: Destiny's Children 2
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £12.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Stephen Baxter is seen as one of the leading lights of 'hard SF' and is now one of the great luminaries of British science fiction. He was also my point of entry for serious sci-fi and his speculations on physics and the nature of the universe motivated

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Letters from orion Review and Opinion

2018/10/05

Letters From Orion
Kurt Lancaster, with Earl Kirkson and Kirk Sigurdson
Terminus two-CD audio book (92 minutes) USA $14 / Canada $21

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a very personalised, even emotionalised, future, its characters' soul-searchings and self-shaped quests dominant. It is also a sharecropped one. The whole of CD #1, To Touch The Infinite

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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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Alien hunter Review and Opinion

2019/07/21

Alien Hunter (2003)
Director: Ron Krauss

review by Rob MarshallSpoiler alert!Julian Rome is a languages teacher and former cryptologist. He receives a call from NASA for help, after a GM research project in Antarctica detects signals coming from an object buried in the ice. Flying south through a blizzard

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All tomorrow's parties by william gibson Review and Opinion

2019/07/20

All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Penguin paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

All Tomorrow's Parties concludes the popular trilogy that includes Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996) - set towards the close of the 21st century. As much character-driven as plot-driven, the story focuses on the approach of what celebrated, American

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