Scifi books reviews

Black man by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2016/03/28

Black Man
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Richard Morgan has a reputation for violence. Even the title of Black Man is confrontational, and sufficiently provocative that his American publishers substituted it with Thirteen. This is a valid alternative, as both terms describe Carl Marsalis, a black man who

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Beautiful monsters Review and Opinion

2016/03/23

Beautiful Monsters:
The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To The Alien And Predator Films
David McIntee
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Every now and again, a film emerges fully formed and pre-wired to plug straight into the popular conscience. From the musical

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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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Brass man by neal asher Review and Opinion

2016/03/20

Brass Man
Neal Asher
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

When a prototype robot with a hidden flaw is stolen by separatist rebels, no one expects it to fall into the hands of Skellor, a would-be dictator contaminated by the nanotechnology of a dead race that gives him almost unlimited powers. The robot becomes brass killing-machine Mr Crane,

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Brasyl by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2016/03/19

Brasyl
Ian McDonald
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

There is a scene in Alastair Reynolds' debut novel Revelation Space (2000), where a character has to pay a visit to some aliens in order to have his mind reconfigured to work like an alien's. In return for this piece

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Captain condor, operation catastrophe Review and Opinion

2016/03/14

Captain Condor: Operation Catastrophe
Keith Watson and Frank S. Pepper
D.S. Publications £19.95

review by Andrew Darlington

"London had now become a vast green wilderness where the death-like silence was broken only by the eerie whisper of countless ever-growing tendrils slithering through the ooze..." A description of a transfigured urban landscape

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Chesley awards Review and Opinion

2016/03/12

The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective
John Grant, Elizabeth Humphrey, and Pamela D. Scoville
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £30

review by Tony Lee

Since 1985, members of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) have voted each year to award the 'Chesleys' - named after space art pioneer Chesley Bonestell -

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Civil war: road to civil war Review and Opinion

2016/03/09

Civil War: Road To Civil War
Brian Michael Bendis and J. Michael Straczynski
Marvel graphic novel $14.95

review by J.C. Hartley

While the comics buying world awaits the release in graphic novel format of Mark Millar's Civil War series, Marvel has cleverly cashed in with a little taster purporting to identify the events and premonitions that

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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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Cosmic puppets by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2016/02/29

The Cosmic Puppets
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

What are Ted and Peggy Barton doing in Millgate, VA? Does the place even exist? Well, it exists in some half-forgotten form, it certainly doesn't exist in the form that Ted Barton remembers. On his arrival in Millgate, he spends the first few hours looking for shops that

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Cowboy angels by paul mcauley Review and Opinion

2016/02/27

Cowboy Angels
Paul McAuley
Gollancz hardcover £18.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Adam Stone has been pulled out of retirement for one last job. He has to save Tom Waverly, a buddy from the old days who his superiors are convinced has gone rogue, but Stone is sure there is method to his mate's madness. Paul McAuley has chosen to use this classic - even hoary

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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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Damned anthology of the lost Review and Opinion

2016/02/23

Damned: An Anthology Of The Lost
edited by David G. Barnett
Necro hardcover $50

review by Mario Guslandi

It took ten years for Necro's David Barnett to decide to assemble a horror anthology and here's the product of his effort: Damned, a volume featuring all stories of hell and damnation.

The book includes contributions both by big names

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Dan dare, singing scourge Review and Opinion

2016/02/22

Dan Dare - Pilot Of The Future volume 6: The Singing Scourge
David Motton and Keith Watson
D.S. Publications (phone: +44 01793-521219) £35.75

review by Andrew Darlington

"The armoured centipedes stamped across the Volkian plain, the terrifying Scourge whined from the city walls... the air screamed as radiation bombarded its tortured molecules, dust

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Dark duets: musical mayhem Review and Opinion

2016/02/21

Dark Duets: Musical Mayhem
Michael McCarty and others
Wildside paperback $15

review by Debbie Moon

This volume is a collection of 15 collaborations between Michael McCarty and various other American horror writers, almost every story a new pairing of creative minds. Despite kicking off in fine style (alongside Mark McLaughlin) with Sex, Drugs &

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Debatable space by philip palmer Review and Opinion

2016/02/15

Debatable Space
Philip Palmer
Orbit paperback £10

review by Alasdair Stuart

Flanagan has a plan. It involves kidnapping Lena, the Cheo's daughter and holding her to ransom. What Flanagan doesn't bank on is how capable and how fierce Lena is, what he'll have to do to hold on to her, and the effect it will have on his crew, even before the Cheo gets

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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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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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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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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Draco tavern by larry niven Review and Opinion

2016/02/05

The Draco Tavern
Larry Niven
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Tony Lee

Long before 'Milliways' opened its doors to fin de siècle big spenders - in Douglas Adams' The Restaurant At The End Of the Universe, - Larry Niven dreamt up what is arguably the ultimate science fictional casual meeting place for extraterrestrials visiting planet Earth. Spanning

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Dragon quintet Review and Opinion

2016/02/04

The Dragon Quintet
editor: Marvin Kaye
Tor paperback $13.95

review by David Hebblethwaite

What is there to say about dragons that hasn't already been said? After all, they may be one of the most emblematic fantasy creatures, but they're also one of the most clichéd (this is itself hardly an original observation, see what I mean?). Be that as it may

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Duke in his castle by vera nazarian Review and Opinion

2016/02/02

The Duke In His Castle
Vera Nazarian
Norilana hardcover $17.95 / £12

review by David Hebblethwaite

After their failed rebellion against him, the Just King bound the Dukes and their heirs to remain within the walls of their homes - literally so, for invisible barriers prevent them from ever stepping outside. But there may be a way: rumour has it that

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Dead witch walking by kim harrison Review and Opinion

2016/02/01

Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison
Harper Voyager paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Rachel Morgan has a problem, in fact, she has a whole clutch of problems. As an Inderland Security runner, she's spent the last few months getting the worst jobs going and somehow, never quite bringing them in properly. Rachel's good at her job but her bad luck

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Earth, air, fire and custard Review and Opinion

2016/01/31

Earth, Air, Fire And Custard
Tom Holt
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Reading a Tom Holt novel is a unique experience, some authors transport you to far off places or make you consider who you are and what it is you really believe, Tom Holt throws you in the boot of his car and drives round the country forcing you to identify where

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