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The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich (book review).

November 10, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich (book review).

The Irish Empire takes the place of the traditional British Empire in ‘The Time Roads’, an alternative history/steampunk tale from Beth Bernobich, set at the turn of the 20th century when European geography and politics are almost familiar yet convincingly different. The book is made up of four linked novellas, three of which have been […]

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Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

October 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

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Austral by Paul McAuley (book review).

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Austral by Paul McAuley (book review).

The partly-thawed Antarctic Peninsula seems like an obvious place to set a novel in a globally-warmed future, but it’s never crossed my mind and I can’t say I’ve come across it in any other book before. Paul McAuley describes a wondrous wilderness of retreating glaciers, hardy frontiersmen, burgeoning greenery and blossoming towns that are working […]

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Provenance by Ann Leckie (book review).

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Provenance by Ann Leckie (book review).

After the phenomenal ‘Ancillary’ trilogy, how could Ann Leckie hope to live up to expectations with ‘Provenance’? It’s a tough job but she does it with style, giving us a tale that is related to the other three books and set in the same universe as her Radchaai Empire, but is different enough to stand […]

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The Corporation Wars: Emergence by Ken Macleod (book review).

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Corporation Wars: Emergence by Ken Macleod (book review).

The third book. ‘Emergence’, in Ken MacLeod’s ‘Corporation Wars’ trilogy continues straight on from the previous volume ‘Insurgence’ where, as I explained in my review of that book, I had completely lost track of what was going on. A brief introduction to summarise the story so far or maybe a glossary that I could refer […]

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Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review)

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder  (book review)

I’ve often found when reading Science Fiction from the 50s and 60s that what dates it more than the technology is the social attitudes. It was a much more sexist world in those days and the fiction reflects that: the astronauts and scientists are almost always male and any female characters are always secretaries, stewardesses […]

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Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (book review).

After centuries of mankind’s increasing reliance on robots, they turn on their makers and wipe them out. That’s not what this book is about though. In ‘Sea Of Rust’ we find out what happens next when robotkind and the huge AIs that helped them win their freedom are left to themselves. C. Robert Cargill has […]

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Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

September 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

The difficulty with time travel stories is that it’s very easy to tie yourself in knots whilst trying to make the plot interesting. Robert Charles Wilson makes it clear early in the plot how endless paradoxes and recursive loops are to be avoided. This by the fact that an alternative history is created when time-travellers […]

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The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts (book review).

August 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts (book review).

It’s a nearish-future world in Adam Roberts’ latest novel ‘The Real-Town Murders’, wherein a large proportion of people spend a large proportion of their time in the Shine, an immersive Internet/virtual reality world where everything is better and more convenient than the Real-Town. For those like Alma, a private detective who specialises in Real-Town sleuthing, […]

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Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher (book review).

August 18, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher (book review).

It was a quiet afternoon in my office when the parcel landed on my desk with a thud. Brown cardboard, clear sticky tape and address handwritten in black ink. I knew exactly what it was and where it came from. A review copy of ‘Killing Is My Business’ by Adam Christopher. The day had suddenly […]

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