Scifi books reviews

Essential fantastic four Review and Opinion

2019/02/08

The Essential Fantastic Four Volumes 1 and 2
Stan Lee
Marvel Comics paperback £11.99 each

review by Patrick Hudson

In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics launched a series of titles that changed the face of the superhero genre. Before then Marvel - a venerable member of the funny book trade with roots in the post-pulp, pre-Superman four-colour books

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E.t. Review and Opinion

2019/02/06

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
   20th Anniversary Edition
Director: Steven Spielberg

review by Gary Couzens

Twenty years is a long time in film-going terms. With a long string of box-office hits (and one deserved flop, namely 1941), Steven Spielberg was allowed to make his small-scale film about a little boy who befriends an alien

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Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind Review and Opinion

2019/02/05

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2003)
Director: Michael Gondry

review by Debbie Moon

Geeky Joel (Jim Carrey) still longs for his lost love, free spirit Clementine (Kate Winslet): but when he tracks her down and tries to make up with her, she seems to think she's never met him before. In fact, she's had a radical new treatment pioneered by Dr Mierzwiak

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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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Evolution Review and Opinion

2019/02/02

Evolution (2001)
Director: Ivan Reitman

review by Gary Couzens

Investigating a meteorite strike in Arizona, Dr Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and his colleague Harry Block (Orlando Jones) find out that it�s brought to earth more than just rock. Hitching a ride are single-cell organisms that rapidly evolve into complex multi-cellular beings that like their

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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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Execution plan Review and Opinion

2019/01/31

Execution Plan
Patrick Thompson
HarperCollins paperback £6.99

review by Steven Hampton

Mick is a computer programmer. A child of the 1970s, he's a perpetual loner and socially inept collector of techno junk, clearly traumatised by some painful incident in his past (the particulars of which are not fully revealed until the story's tragicomic climax),

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Existenz Review and Opinion

2019/01/30

eXistenZ (1999)
Director: David Cronenberg

review by Dawn Andrews

The film opens at a meeting in a dowdy lecture hall, colours very muted, plain chairs set in a semicircle upon the platform. The scene is set for the idea of virtual reality games exalted to the level of religion. Allegra Gellar, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, is the gamers' guru, a woman

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Open your eyes, vanilla sky Review and Opinion

2019/01/29

Open Your Eyes (1997)
Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Vanilla Sky (2002)
Director: Cameron Crowe

reviews by Gary Couzens

In Open Your Eyes (aka: Abre los ojos), we're in Madrid. César (Eduardo Noriega) is very handsome and knows it rather too well. He's the sort of man whose looks have given him an easier path through life. Friends

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Fahrenheit 451 Review and Opinion

2019/01/28

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Director: François Truffaut

review by Gary Couzens

In the near future, books and reading are banned. Montag (Oskar Werner) is a fireman, whose job is paradoxically to start fires rather than put them out... in other words, to find and burn forbidden books. His wife Linda (Julie Christie) stays at home and toes the line, entertained

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Fail safe Review and Opinion

2019/01/27

Fail Safe (2000)
Director: Stephen Frears

review by Steven Hampton

This is a TV remake of 1964's antinuclear drama, produced in b/w for a live broadcast in four acts, and shown early in 2000, in United States. You should all know the story. After a US strategic bomber mistakenly nukes Moscow, due to the failure of safety procedures, the American president

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Falling by debbie moon Review and Opinion

2019/01/26

Falling
Debbie Moon
Honno paperback £6.99

review by Christopher Geary

Jude is a ReTracer, a government agent for a special department in charge of policing the streets, retrospectively. She travels in time by psi power, to takeover her younger self and steer events towards a variant timeline, where the bad things never happened after all. When Jude

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Falling out of cars Review and Opinion

2019/01/25

Falling Out Of Cars
Jeff Noon
Transworld paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

It is difficult to categorise Falling Out Of Cars by genre, let alone by sub-genre. If you want to use that kind of terminology, its subject matter makes it a post-apocalyptic road novel, but Mad Max it is not

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Fantasy art masters Review and Opinion

2019/01/24

Fantasy Art Masters:
The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work
Dick Jude
Watson-Guptill paperback $24.95

review by Amy Harlib

Originally published in the UK, and fortunately still easily available in the USA, this large-format trade paperback provides ample space on its pages to showcase 10 leading exponents of the truly

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Fantasy the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2019/01/23

Fantasy: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99

review by Patrick Hudson

It's probably verging on blasphemy to say so, but short fiction magazines are a drag. With reading time limited, combined with the vagaries of personal taste and the ratio of chaff to wheat in even the best magazines it can become a

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Farscape season 1 Review and Opinion

2019/01/20

Farscape: Season One (1999)
Created by Rockne S. O'Bannon

review by Trent Walters

Despite its availability only on cable (though also now out on DVD) in the US, you bump into fans everywhere - at work or at school - people who suspect you have a penchant for SF, trap you by the water cooler, and nudge you in the ribs, asking, 'So what's up with Crichton

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Fausto 5.0 Review and Opinion

2019/01/19

Fausto 5.0 (2001)
Directors: Àlex Ollé, Isidro Ortiz and Carlos Padrissa

review by Paul Higson

Perhaps it is my suspicious nature but I am beginning to think that few, if any, of the English language reviewers have actually seen this. One gets the impression that the first reviewer caught it half-drunk at a festival and every subsequent review has been

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Fear dot com Review and Opinion

2019/01/18

FearDotCom (2002)
Director: William Malone

review by Michael Lohr

A series of bizarre deaths rouse the suspicion of Detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) and Department of Health inspector Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone). Upon investigation they discover that all the victims' shared one common link, they visited a website called Fear.com, run by a

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Feather &, bone Review and Opinion

2019/01/17

Feather & Bone
Gus Smith
Big Engine paperback £8.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Feather & Bone is a horror novel concerning supernatural events in and around a rural community in Northumberland. After the appearance cattle showing symptoms of BSE, Alison Rigg is despatched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to find the source of the infected

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Final destination Review and Opinion

2019/01/14

Final Destination (1999)
Director: James Wong

review by Jeff Young

Remember all those weirdly elaborate death scenes from classic horror movies like The Omen? Well, they're back to haunt us again in this witty supernatural thriller about predestination but, as the malaise of millennial anxieties fades now, the full impact of this efficient little

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Final destination 2 Review and Opinion

2019/01/13

Final Destination 2 (2003)
Director: David R. Ellis

review by Christopher Geary

Predictable as it is, there's still a curious 'something' about this modest sequel to James Wong's grimly amusing supernatural chiller, Final Destination, that entertains well enough, though its plot is wholly

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Final fantasy Review and Opinion

2019/01/12

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Director: Hironobu Sakaguchi

review by Mike Philbin

A western movie (which Final Fantasy was so trying to be) generally has a Greek three-act structure, a conclusion arrives in each act and a finalé rounds off the mounting tension. The form of the generally-ascending graphs for these three acts are

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Firefly Review and Opinion

2019/01/11

Firefly: Season One (2002)
Created by Joss Whedon

review by Debbie Moon

There was a time when Joss Whedon could do no wrong. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was hugely popular and critically acclaimed, its darker spinoff Angel was finding a smaller

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Flesh and blood Review and Opinion

2019/01/08

Flesh & Blood
Nick Gifford
Puffin paperback £4.99

review by Gary Couzens

In his nightmares, Matt Guilder wakes up on a beach where there has been a massacre. Bits of bodies are everywhere and the sea is the colour of blood. After his grandfather's funeral, Matt and his mother (but not his father) spend the summer near the sea, close to Matt's grandfather

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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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Frailty Review and Opinion

2019/01/05

Frailty (2002)
Director: Bill Paxton

review by Steven Hampton

Perhaps it was a mistake for first time director Bill Paxton to star in his own film, especially when he burdens himself with the drama's most difficult acting role (as the -probably insane - father of two boys), and makes his work behind the camera more difficult by playing most of his scenes

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Frank book by jim woodring Review and Opinion

2019/01/03

The Frank Book
Jim Woodring
Fantagraphic hardcover $39.95

review by Amy Harlib

I am very excited to share information about and my opinions of The Frank Book a showcase for the astonishing work of Jim Woodring, an award-winning American cartoonist (with animation experience). Here he gets all the adventures of one of his well-known and most

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Frequency Review and Opinion

2018/12/31

Frequency (2000)
Director: Gregory Hoblit

review by Steven Hampton

Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) is a fireman in New York, 1969. His grown up son John (Jim Caviezel) is a homicide detective, still living in the family's house 30 years later. When John starts toying with an old shortwave radio set, he is mysteriously linked to the past so he can talk

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Frightening Review and Opinion

2018/12/30

The Frightening (2001)
Director: David DeCoteau

review by Trent Walters

Pan across a California beach somewhere near Hollywood...Writer [dripping wet with surfboard in hand]:
   Dudes! You're that famous producer/director pair of Hollywood B movies.

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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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From hell Review and Opinion

2018/12/27

From Hell
Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999 paperback �24.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This fat volume collects Moore and Campbell's exhaustive, and exhausting, study of the Jack the Ripper murders, published in various venues between 1990 and 1999. Moore postulates a royal

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Futures Review and Opinion

2018/12/24

Futures
editor: Peter Crowther
Gollancz hardcover £12.99

review by Steven Hampton

A superb collection of four novellas, previously available in separate chapbook editions from the editor's own PS Publishing. This book's varied science fictions may lack a common anthological

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Galactic geographic annual 3003 Review and Opinion

2018/12/22

Galactic Geographic Annual 3003
Karl Kofoed
Paper Tiger artbook £14.99 / $21.95

review by Steven Hampton

Although reminiscent of Robert Holdstock and Malcolm Edwards' pseudo-nonfiction Tour Of The Universe: The Journey Of A Lifetime (1980), the publishing origins of writer and artist Karl Kofoed's journalistic styled SF book predates the Holdstock

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Galaxy quest Review and Opinion

2018/12/21

Galaxy Quest (2000)
Director: Dean Parisot

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

A gentle but effective parody of science fiction television, notably Star Trek and its pop-icon culture, Galaxy Quest is a fun film to watch as a lampoon but also as a comedic story laced with exciting special effects. Just like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein,

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Gathering storm by kate elliott Review and Opinion

2018/12/19

The Gathering Storm (Crown Of Stars vol.5)
Kate Elliott
Orbit paperback £12.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Kate Elliott's Crown Of Stars series has been enthralling reading since page one of volume one. A meticulously crafted epic of love, loss, war and magic, set in a brilliantly detailed 10th century pseudo-Europe, it tracks a dozen protagonists

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Ghost ship Review and Opinion

2018/12/17

Ghost Ship (2002)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Gary Couzens

In the early 1960s, the passengers on board the glamorous cruise liner Antonio Graza die a gruesome death by means of a steel cable. In the present day, a salvage crew led by Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and owner/crewmember Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a young man

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Ghosts of mars Review and Opinion

2018/12/16

Ghosts Of Mars (2001)
Director: John Carpenter

review by Trent Walters

They warned you not to go. They pulled their hair and screamed you'd regret it if you went through with it. But you didn't listen... to the critics of Ghosts Of Mars.
   The idea is actually interesting but almost as thin as the plot. Scientists open an ancient tomb that

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Ghostwatch Review and Opinion

2018/12/15

Ghostwatch (1992)
Director: Lesley Manning

review by Paul Higson

"Over the centuries there have been countless reports of ghosts and ghouls but the line between fact and fiction has always been unclear. Using the modern idiom of the outside broadcast, Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith and Craig Charles star in Ghostwatch." So put the

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Ginger snaps Review and Opinion

2018/12/14

Ginger Snaps (2000)
Director: John Fawcett

review by Steven Hampton

The Howling meets Carrie, with more blood. Socially inept, desperately unhappy and late starting menstruation, the Fitzgerald sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), sulk their way through dreary schooldays and worry throughout lonely nights.

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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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Gospel according to philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/12/11

The Gospel According To Philip K. Dick (2002)
Director: Mark Steensland

review by Patrick Hudson

A documentary on PKD is a great idea - he's an important but overlooked writer, with a biography full of eccentricity and incident and plenty of interesting friends still alive to talk about him. Unfortunately, this cheaply produced movie will provide little

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Gothika Review and Opinion

2018/12/09

Gothika (2003)
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

review by Michael Lohr

Premise: criminal psychologist Dr Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) awakens to find herself a patient in the very same mental institution in which she works, with no memory of the murder of her husband Doug (Charles S. Dutton) that she's accused of committing. As she tries to regain her memory

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Groundstar conspiracy Review and Opinion

2018/12/08

The Groundstar Conspracy (1972)
Director: Lamont Johnson

review by Steven Hampton

Based on borderline-SF novel The Alien by Leslie P. Davies, this mystery thriller pre-empts the subgenre explored to far less ambiguous effect in Nicolas Roeg's seminal The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976). However, the source novel by Walter Tevis for Roeg's

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