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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy lives in the west country and grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, lots of other old SF and Marvel Comics. After many years hard labour he has settled down to a quiet life with a nice lady, two rescue dogs and four ducks. He writes reviews for crowsnest and a few short stories, some of which even get published in obscure magazines. His YA novelette 'The Brigstowe Dragons' was published in September by Alban Lake and the sequel will be out in April 2018. A collection of his short stories will be published shortly by Nomadic Delirium Press. His website and blog is at https://eamonnmurphyblog.com/

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The Mercenary: The Definitive Editions:Vol.1 The Cult Of The Sacred Fire (Mercenary The Definitive Editions) by Vincente Segrelles (book review).

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Mercenary: The Definitive Editions:Vol.1 The Cult Of The Sacred Fire (Mercenary The Definitive Editions) by Vincente Segrelles (book review).

According to the hype, ‘The Mercenary 1: The Cult Of The Sacred Fire’ is something of a classic which is why we have this anniversary edition forty years after the first printing. It’s a superior reproduction made from scans of the original paintings and a very lovely book it is, too, with hard covers and […]

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2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

December 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

I picked up 2000AD Prog # 2059 on a whim along with Judge Dredd Megazine # 390, curious to see how they’re shaping up nowadays. These two are virtually the only serious British comics left standing, which is potty when you think how much American product is out there. Anyway, here’s my report. The cover […]

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Judge Dredd Megazine #390 (comicbook review).

December 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd Megazine #390 (comicbook review).

I passed a W.H. Smith’s the other day and picked up Judge Dredd Megazine # 390 and 2000AD # 2059, partly to see what they’re like now and partly to strike a blow against American cultural imperialism by purchasing home-grown British comics. The first thing I learned is that they are quite expensive: £5.99 for […]

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Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

‘Dune’ was a great Science Fiction novel by Frank Herbert that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It was followed by some interesting sequels also written by Frank and then by some longer and less interesting ones. A vast interstellar empire with assorted groups competing for power offers plenty of scope for stories so […]

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The Martian Wave: 2017 edited by J Alan Erwine (book review).

November 20, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Martian Wave: 2017 edited by J Alan Erwine (book review).

‘The Martian Wave’ is an annual anthology from Nomadic Delirium Press that focuses on exploration and colonisation, either in the Solar system or more far-flung planets. I found the contents page daunting until I realised that quite a few things on the list were short poems. Of poetry, I know nothing so I’ll focus on […]

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SFerics 2017 by Rosie Oliver and Roz Clarke (ebook review).

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
SFerics 2017 by Rosie Oliver and Roz Clarke (ebook review).

And it came to pass that there was a Bristolcon 2015 where some were gathered in a small room to discuss the impact of future technology on society. Rosie Oliver ran a small workshop where she informed the participants of the latest trends with information gathered from an innovation conference the week before and encouraged […]

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Assassin’s Price (The Eleventh Book of The Imager Portfolio) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

November 1, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Assassin’s Price (The Eleventh Book of The Imager Portfolio) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

Another damned thick book. Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Huh, Mister Modesitt? Like Edward Gibbon, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. writes long books, also of a historical nature except his are fantasy. ‘Assassin’s Price’ is the 11th book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ and I’ve read every one of them. Imagers are men and women with a kind of […]

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The Salt Man by Keith Rogers Gordon (ebook review).

October 31, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Salt Man by Keith Rogers Gordon (ebook review).

To the old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover I might add, don’t judge it by the first few pages. I first looked at ‘The Salt Man’ a few months ago and was put off by the portrayal of the lead character as an earthy rogue, all farts and spittle. He was clearly […]

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A Brief Report On A Small Part Of Bristol-Con 2017 by Eamonn Murphy.

October 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Brief Report On A Small Part Of Bristol-Con 2017 by Eamonn Murphy.

On Saturday 28th October, I attended Bristol-Con which took place at a Hilton Hotel near the very famous Templemeads station. This was my first SF convention and I learned a lot about it the morning after. I learned that you should read the whole programme. I attended and enjoyed three panels in Programme Room Two. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 28 no. 2 # 105 (mag review).

‘On Spec’ endures, happily, and here’s another little issue. I missed the author interview this month but there’s plenty of other pleasing content. I’ll start with the obvious fantasy and move on to Science Fiction via super-heroes and steampunk as I’m not sure which category they belong in. ‘The Wisdom Of The Serpent’ by Mary […]

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