Scifi books reviews

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.
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Futures: 50 years in space Review and Opinion

2015/12/28

Futures: 50 Years In Space
David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £17.99

review by Tony Lee

The Challenge Of The Stars was originally planned 1954, yet its publication was delayed until 1972, with a second edition in 1978. This magnificent

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Year's best fantasy and horror 18 Review and Opinion

2015/04/27

The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror 18th Annual Collection
editors: Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J Grant
St Martin's Griffin paperback $19.95

review by Mario Guslandi

Here it comes the 18th annual anthology by Datlow and friends, collecting what is supposedly the best horror and fantasy fiction appeared in 2004. As usual, it is a hefty volume

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Men in black 2 Review and Opinion

2018/08/28

Men In Black II (2002)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

review by Gary Couzens

Five years on from the original Men In Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is 'deneuralised'. He is working for the postal service with no memory of ever ridding the Earth of the scum of the universe. Meanwhile Agent J (Will Smith) continues to fight the fight, but none of his

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Son of man by robert silverberg Review and Opinion

2018/04/01

Son Of Man
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Gary Couzens

Robert Silverberg was prolific from the outset: he's one of the few genre writers of note to have had a million words in print before his 30th birthday. Much of that early output was admitted hackwork, churned out by the yard. But as the 1960s progressed, he began to pay more

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Taken Review and Opinion

2018/02/21

Taken (2002)
Directors: Steven Spielberg with Leslie Bohem and Steve Beers

review by Michael Lohr

For 10 consecutive weeknights, and 20 hours total, I watched this US television ratings juggernaut. I am not sure that my time was well spent. It was kind of like a really thick, somewhat interesting novel. You're halfway complete, wishing you were at the

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Lara croft: tomb raider Review and Opinion

2018/10/11

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Director: Simon West

review by Christopher Teague

Tomb Raider is by all accounts a very silly movie, complete and utter popcorn fodder, which is just perfect for it's target audience of twelve year-old boys who played the original computer game series - in more ways than you may think... And in that respect, it is

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Richard matheson's kolchak scripts Review and Opinion

2018/10/14

Richard Matheson's Kolchak Scripts
editor: Mark Dawidziak
Gauntlet Press hardcover $150

review by Michael McCarty

One might ask if Richard Matheson's three-script collection is worth the hefty cover price, but the answer is yes - absolutely, yes! Mark Dawidziak does the introductions to all three scripts as well as interviews with all the principal

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Super mario bros Review and Opinion

2016/07/27

Super Mario Bros (1993)
Directors: Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton

review by Trudi Topham

A score of eight out of ten... Have I gone crazy? This is Super Mario Bros, one of the most reviled films of the 1990! Come on, though. Admit it. It's actually a lot of fun. Oh sure you wanna say no, you want to pretend you never even saw it, but secretly

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Sound of thunder Review and Opinion

2017/10/16

A Sound Of Thunder (2005)
Director: Peter Hyams

review by Christopher Geary

2055 AD. Time-travel back 65 million years for the ultimate safari. Rules: stay on the path, never bring anything home, don't mess with evolution's timeline.

Making a short story into a feature film is not easy. Ray Bradbury's classic SF tale, A Sound Of Thunder (

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Evolution by stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2019/02/01

Evolution
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Evolution begins with an ancient, scurrying primate progenitor at the time of the dinosaurs' demise and works its way through humanity's family tree. The afterword, 762 pages later, reminds the reader that this is a novel - but it is closer to a fable, a myth cycle, a scientifically

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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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Chroicles of riddick: dark fury Review and Opinion

2017/07/10

Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Director: Peter Chung

review by Debbie Moon

After the events of science fictional horror Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick is on the run with a slightly bewildered holy man and a girl called Jack. When a massive ship picks them up, Riddick suspects

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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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Flow my tears, the policeman said Review and Opinion

2016/01/04

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

On 4th June 1989, the Chinese government brutally quashed a march for reform, by upwards of 100,000 protestors, in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Students, workers and intellectuals alike were mown down in cold blood by the Chinese army, killing anywhere between

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Spider: king of crooks Review and Opinion

2015/06/22

The Spider: King Of Crooks
Jerry Siegel, Ted Cowan, and Reg Bunn
Titan hardcover £14.99 / $19.95

review by Andrew Darlington

For this 'Spider', there are no Peter Parker alter ego complications. No existential angst, no motivational crisis-moments of indecision. No other identity, no other life - in fact, there's never a time when he's not in costume

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300 Review and Opinion

2017/11/05

300 (2007)
Director: Zack Snyder

review by Hugh Slesinger

In Zach Snyder's epic retelling of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, the audience is privy to one of the year's most promising and visually stimulating pieces of cinematography to date. The premise for 300 is based upon the ancient Greek battle of Thermopylae where a small band of

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Mammoth book of best new sf 17 Review and Opinion

2016/04/03

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 17
editor: Gardner Dozois
Robinson paperback £9.99

review by Christopher Geary

If you only buy a single SF book each year, just make sure this is the one. A frequent Hugo Award winner, the series boasts approx a quarter-million words worth of short stories per volume and, with the ever astute Gardner Dozois at the helm

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Stories of your life and others Review and Opinion

2018/03/08

Stories Of Your Life And Others
Ted Chiang
Tor / Orb paperback $14.95

review by Gary Couzens

If, as they say, you need to have written about a million words before you can truly know how to write, then Ted Chiang's bottom drawer must be full to bursting. At least you hope it is. Here is an author who won a Nebula Award with his first published story

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Superman: for tomorrow Review and Opinion

2015/06/08

Superman: For Tomorrow - volume one
Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

This graphic novel (first published in 2004 as Superman #204 - 209) points up some of the current thinking about the character as you would expect from such a prestigious creative team.

I first became aware of

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Reaping Review and Opinion

2016/10/11

The Reaping (2007)
Director: Stephen Hopkins

review by Tony Lee

Ecological shocker meets biblical horror in Stephen Hopkins' grisly The Reaping, written by Carey and Chad Hayes, twin brothers who graduated from TV scripting on stuff like Baywatch, to movies like

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Star wars: revenge of the sith Review and Opinion

2016/07/21

Star Wars - episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
Director: George Lucas

review by Jonathan McCalmont

That was that then. After 28 years, six films and enough merchandising cash for Lucas to start up his own space programme, the Star Wars series is finished. Most reviews of Episode 3: Revenge Of The Sith seem to take one of two routes

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Book of dave by will self Review and Opinion

2016/03/22

The Book Of Dave
Will Self
Penguin paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Will Self may masquerade as a mainstream literary figure but, after years of dropping hints, there can now be no doubt: Will Self is a science fiction writer. He's tried to mask it for a while, by writing humane and intelligent novels about desperation and the world of ordinary

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Q the winged serpent Review and Opinion

2016/10/15

Q - The Winged Serpent (1982)
Writer, producer and director: Larry Cohen

review by Tony Lee

After a decade of episodic TV scriptwriting (including the creation of Quinn Martin production, The Invaders) Larry Cohen already knew genre conventions inside out. Since breaking into low budget indie films over 30 years ago, Cohen has frequently delivered

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Alone Review and Opinion

2017/10/21

Alone (2002)
Director: Philip Claydon

review by Paul Higson

Still pinning my hopes on if not a Golden Age at least a Silver Age of British horror films, it is helped along by good movies like this one. Alone is the assured and novel feature debut of Philip Claydon, a Welsh filmmaker with pursuits in the horror field. There is a lot of showing

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Roma eterna Review and Opinion

2018/05/10

Roma Eterna
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Robert Silverberg has been writing stories within the alternate history of 'Roma Eterna' since the late 1980s. This book is a collection of these short stories. It is not a fix-up novel in the classic sense, as the works show no sign of having been retouched to fit together

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Dawn of the dead Review and Opinion

2019/03/27

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Director: Zack Snyder

review by Paul Higson

George A. Romero's 1979 Dawn of the Dead (and its shorter UK Goblin-remix release version Zombies: Dawn Of The Dead - of which British fans are more familiar and fond) had it all. It was

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Hidden empire by kevin j. anderson Review and Opinion

2018/11/27

Hidden Empire: The Saga Of Seven Suns (Book 1)
Kevin J. Anderson
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Simeon Shoul

In the year 2427 AD, humanity is doing rather well. More or less politically unified by the Terran Hanseatic League under Great King Frederic, religiously at peace thanks to the vague platitudes of the Unison Church, prot�g�s of the

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Intacto Review and Opinion

2018/11/14

Intacto (2002)
Director: Roberto Fresnedillo

review by Paul Higson

My supernatural fascinations lie with the borderline, scientifically plausible and irrefutable, dreams, telepathy and coincidence. Some regard 'coincidence' as the little sister of luck, but the latter has always been seen as the more fantastical of the two despite the overly common yearning

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Island 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/02/16

The Island (2005)
Director: Michael Bay

review by Tony Lee

Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor, dogged survivor of Star Wars prequels) lives in a gleaming 21st century future where everything in life is usually 'nice'. If it's not very nice, there are doctors like the ever-smiling Merrick

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Triquorum one Review and Opinion

2015/05/22

Triquorum One
editor: Christopher Teague
Pendragon paperback £5.99

review by Steven Hampton

Here's something different you don't see every day, T: One is an independently published book of three novellas from a British small press outfit. I admire the simplicity of the wraparound

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Jesus christ vampire hunter Review and Opinion

2017/02/09

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)
Director: Lee Demarbre

review by Richard Bowden
"The power of Christ impales you!"
Cheerfully cheap and good naturedly blasphemous, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is blessed with the sort of once in a lifetime title which makes it irresistible. It is also the first

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City of saints and madmen by jeff vandermeer Review and Opinion

2015/11/08

City Of Saints And Madmen
Jeff Vandermeer
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

For the last couple of decades, fantasy has laboured under the triple burden of Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien and the dorky group mind that constitutes the Dungeons & Dragons phenomena. It is the heavy metal of genre fiction with an aesthetic that embraces most

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Coyote by allen steele Review and Opinion

2016/02/26

Coyote
Allen Steele
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

For the last few years, Allen Steele has been making a name for himself as one of the new kings of hard science fiction. Steele's work tends to be set in the near future, focus on the changes to society that expansion into space will bring and have an upfront, blue collar feel to it

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