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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 658 Review and Opinion

2015/12/29

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 658 (February 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

One of the advantages of publishing a magazine on a (mostly) monthly basis is that serials are less annoying than they would be in a less regular publication. It still all depends on the individual readers and how they feel about being

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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 657 Review and Opinion

2015/12/30

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 657 (January 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

Always a fine magazine, Fantasy & SF is probably the best genre fiction magazine around today. It's certainly the most consistent in terms of quality. This issue's lead story is a didactic novella by Bruce Sterling entitled Kiosk

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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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Brief history of science Review and Opinion

2019/05/29

A Brief History Of Science:
As Seen Through the Development of Scientific Instruments
Thomas Crump
Constable hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

In the preface, Thomas Crump notes the sad lack of useful scientifically-inclined history books, today, and he asks why, if authors still write general histories of other subjects has science

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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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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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Cambridge companion to science fiction Review and Opinion

2016/03/16

The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction
editors: Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
Cambridge University Press paperback £16.99

review by Tony Lee

Like Brian Aldiss' magnificent Trillion Year Spree, this book explores the view that SF is as much a literary mode as it is a genre, but it offers more than just a succinct history of its subject

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Mammoth encyclopedia of science fiction Review and Opinion

2018/09/12

The Mammoth Encylopedia Of Science Fiction
edited by George Mann
Robinson paperback £9.99

review by Steven Hampton

There's plenty to nitpick here, but The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is not the abysmal failure that certain overhasty reviewers would have you believe. As the publicity blurb declares, it's an "up-to-date, concise, clear

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Science fiction hall of fame volume 1 Review and Opinion

2015/07/13

The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame: volume one, 1929 - 1964
edited by Robert Silverberg
Orb paperback $17.95

review by Andrew Darlington

Weekend TV does all those cheap top 50s strung together around talking heads and clips from old pop shows, soaps, sitcoms and movies. And you can endlessly debate their 'Now That's What I Call...' definition of great

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Science fiction: the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2018/04/26

Science Fiction: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99 / $7.99

review by Steven Hampton

As the editors of this anthology openly admit in their introduction, a prestigious annual collection of short stories already exists in the form of Gardner Dozois' excellent series of books, published in the UK by Robinson

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Asimov's science fiction 372 Review and Opinion

2016/04/16

Asimov's Science Fiction #372 (January 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

Wow - 30 years already. How did that happen? Since the start of the 1980s, Asimov's SF magazine has been widely acknowledged as one of the heavyweights, and for much of that

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Asimov's science fiction 373 Review and Opinion

2016/04/15

Asimov's Science Fiction #373 (February 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

This is a very mixed issue. The first story we come to is Alex Wilson's novelette, Outgoing. This is his first sale, so it seems a bit harsh to be having a go at it. However

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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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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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Unearthly visions, fantasy art gallery Review and Opinion

2018/12/18

Unearthly Visions: Approaches To Science Fiction And Fantasy Art
editors: Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, and Kathleen Church Plummer
Greenwood hardcover £48.95

Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery
edited by Paul Barnett
Paper Tiger artbook £14.95 / $21.95

reviews by Steven Hampton

Here are two very different books that, together

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Unearthly visions, fantasy art gallery Review and Opinion

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History of violence Review and Opinion

2017/03/16

A History Of Violence (2005)
Director: David Cronenberg

review by Roger Keen

Two travelling hoods wash up in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana intent on rape and pillage. They enter a diner owned by Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen), demand service as the place is closing, then grab the waitress and pull guns in anticipation of a sadistic bloodbath. But

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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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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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Science of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2015/07/04

The Science Of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Michael Hanlon
Macmillan paperback £8.99 / $14.95

review by Christopher Geary

Among the ever-growing variety of genre-related non-fiction titles strewn across the shelves of favourite bookshop chains, nowadays, we find an increasing number of 'science' texts, boasting explanations - of serious

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Third black book of horror Review and Opinion

2016/05/04

The Third Black Book Of Horror
editor: Charles Black
Mortbury paperback £7.50

review by Mario Guslandi

Charles Black, the man who single-handed is re-launching the horror anthology in the UK (and whom some critics are already calling 'the new Herbert Van Thal'), presents us with

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Last horror movie Review and Opinion

2018/10/09

The Last Horror Movie (2003)
Director: Julian Richards

review by Paul Higson

At the 2003 Festival of Fantastic Films four new British feature films were previewed, Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby's Requiem, Tony Luke's Dominator (which picked up best animated feature film), Julian Richards' The Last Horror Movie and Hadi Hajaig's

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Amityville horror 2005 remake Review and Opinion

2017/10/20

The Amityville Horror (2005)
Director: Andrew Douglas

review by Jonathan McCalmont

That's right kids! It's time for another American remake of a classic horror movie! What's more it's one that steals and borrows from other great horror movies so shamelessly it's the cinematic equivalent of having Graham Norton tell you to stop being puerile and talentless

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Emeral eye: the best irish imaginative fiction Review and Opinion

2016/01/24

Emerald Eye: The Best Irish Imaginative Fiction
editors: Frank Ludlow and Roelof Goudriaan
Aeon paperback £6.99

review by Martin Drury

Emerald Eye is more brochure than a book. The introduction to this menagerie of short stories casts creativity into the dirt with the throwaway line: "Forget the imagination." The introduction attempts to guide

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Emeral eye: the best irish imaginative fiction Review and Opinion

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It lives again by axelle carolyn Review and Opinion

2015/11/09

It Lives Again! - Horror Movies In The New Millennium
Axelle Carolyn
Telos hardcover £16.99 / $29.95

review by Christopher Geary

Profusely, but not lavishly, illustrated - with poster artwork, publicity stills, and DVD box covers - and quite reasonably priced, too, this overview of the current

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It lives again by axelle carolyn Review and Opinion

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