Childhood's end Review and Opinion

2019/05/07

Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

review by Tony Lee

First published in 1953, this is rated by many as Clarke's finest work, and one of the very best SF novels ever. It certainly does explore many eternally popular genre themes - from humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials, to directed evolution, and the time-dilation

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Chronicle Review and Opinion

2019/05/04

The Chronicle (2001-2)
Created by Silvio Horta

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel's original series, The Chronicle (aka: News From The Edge), was a promising addition to their line-up with a talented cast, creative scripts and a unique spin on the tabloid world. Given the proper time to develop it might have proved to be solid show for

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Klingon cladogenesis Review and Opinion

2019/04/30

Making Sense of Wonder

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Cleopatra 2525 Review and Opinion

2019/04/29

Cleopatra 2525 (2001)
Created by Robert Tapert and R.J. Stewart

review by Ian Shutter

Remember that classic science fictional song, 'In The Year 2525', by Zager & Evans? It was a number one hit back in 1969, so when the millennium arrived it was probably inevitable there would be something to revive its SF theme - but I doubt the songwriters could ever

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Coalescent Review and Opinion

2019/04/28

Coalescent: Destiny's Children - Book 1
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Coalescent shows signs of a new departure for Stephen Baxter, integrating the present day with his grasp of long time scales. It combines George Poole's contemporary investigation of a family mystery with a story that begins 1600 years ago

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Collected stories of arthur c. clarke Review and Opinion

2019/04/27

The Collected Stories
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Tony Lee

This huge volume brings together about 100 short stories from the vaults of the world's most famous living genre writer and, as such, it's a genuine historical document alluding to and commenting upon the phenomenal development and explosive growth of science fiction

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Collected stories by peter carey Review and Opinion

2019/04/26

Collected Stories
Peter Carey
Faber & Faber paperback £8.99

review by Debbie Moon

Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is not a name immediately associated with genre writing. But, judging from this collection, he's actually one of the finest genre writers at work today.
   The 27 stories in this volume cover a wide range of styles and settings, from

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Complete lovecraft filmography Review and Opinion

2019/04/25

The Complete Lovecraft Filmography
Charles P. Mitchell
Greenwood hardcover £62.50

review by Tony Lee

Author Charles Mitchell tackles a subject long overdue for serious study, and the result is this fine companion volume to the recently published An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia by S.T. Joshi

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Connie willis interview Review and Opinion

2019/04/24

To Say Nothing of the Dog

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Corsair by chris bunch Review and Opinion

2019/04/22

Corsair
Chris Bunch
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Paul Broome

Things don't begin too well with Chris Bunch's latest standalone fantasy pirate epic, Corsair. Within the first few pages we've already been exposed to two of the biggest clichés in the realm of fantasy fiction: first of all the main character's parents are killed by marauding nasty

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Cosmonaut keep by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/21

Cosmonaut Keep
Ken MacLeod
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Cosmonaut Keep is the first part of the Engines of Light trilogy and a new beginning for Ken MacLeod. In the first chapter it looks like a massive departure. This is set on Mingulay, a planet on the edge of the Second Sphere, one hundred light years from Nova Sol.

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Cosmic odyssey, jla: riddle of the beast Review and Opinion

2019/04/20

Cosmic Odyssey
Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £17.99

J.L.A. Riddle Of The Beast
Alan Grant and Michael Wm Kaluta
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £10.99

reviews by Christopher Geary

With famous Marvel comicbook heroes (

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Court of the midnight king Review and Opinion

2019/04/19

The Court Of The Midnight King
Freda Warrington
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This book retells the story of the Wars of the Roses (the English wars of succession between 1432 and 1485, not the film with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) with a touch of added mysticism, in the style of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists Of Avalon

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Cowl by Neal Asher Review and Opinion

2019/04/18

Cowl
Neal Asher
Tor hardcover £17.99

review by Christopher Geary

Polly is a young junkie and whore caught up in assassination and industrial espionage. Tack is a U-Gov hitman programmed to murder without hesitation or remorse. They are among thousands of innocent, and initially helpless, victims

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Creepshows Review and Opinion

2019/04/15

Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide
Stephen Jones
Titan paperback £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

The majority of Stephen King's works have been adapted, with variable success, for the big and small screens so it's about time that someone tackled this subject anew in book form. This comprehensive yet concise survey of cinema and

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Crescent city rhapsody Review and Opinion

2019/04/14

Crescent City Rhapsody
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Ceri Jordan

It would seem that our American cousins have inherited a good deal of that famed British 'stiff upper lip'. Over here, we're reduced to panic by petrol shortages or even heavy snow. But, faced with a series of electromagnetic pulses originating from outer space

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Crime studio by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/04/13

The Crime Studio
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Trent Walters

Looking for a good mystery? Keep looking - unless you consider a police chief, who consumes the donut evidence that had nothing to do with the crime, a mystery (Donut Theory). Looking for a space lark as good as

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Charles saunders interviewed at Review and Opinion

2019/04/12

Adding To The Gumbo Mix:

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Silver machines: origins and return of cybermen Review and Opinion

2019/04/10

Silver Machines:

Comprar Silver

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Dan simmons interview Review and Opinion

2019/04/07

Darkling Plain:

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Dark angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/04/05

Dark Angel (2000-1)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Debbie Moon

The near future: a secret military base is at full alert, as maverick officer Lydecker attempts to prevent the escape of his latest genetic experiments. Enhanced humans called X5s, both bred and trained to be the ultimate soldier. And they're all tiny children.

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Dark angel season two Review and Opinion

2019/04/04

Dark Angel: Season Two (2001-03)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Steven Hampton

This SF TV show is about mutants. Not the (supra)naturally occurring next step in human evolution as mutants are depicted in movies like X-Men and its sequel

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Dark light by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/02

Dark Light
Ken MacLeod
Tor hardcover $25.95 / Orbit £16.99

review by Jeremy Smith

British science fiction has always stood apart from the American brand. Writing as the sun set on their empire, the earliest masters of the scientific romance and the dreadful warning - men like H.G. Wells, Olaf Stapleton, and Aldous Huxley - published novels of philosophical

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Darker places by richard matheson- book review for zone-sf.com Review and Opinion

2019/04/01

Darker Places
Richard Matheson
Gauntlet hardcover $55

review by Michael McCarty

In the dedication of this short story collection, Richard Matheson writes: "To Barry Hoffman - with many thanks for resuscitating so much of my early work." That statement sums things up dead-on. Hoffman, the publisher and editor of Gauntlet Press has been collecting the

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Dark sun rises by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2019/03/31

The Dark Sun Rises
Brian Aldiss
Avernus Media chapbook £5.99

review by Steve Sneyd

As with his myriad novels, Brian Aldiss' poetry spans genre and non-genre modes, versatility well reflected in this latest of his poetry collections. So, before a closer look at some of the genre work here, some

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Darker than you think Review and Opinion

2019/03/29

Darker Than You Think
Jack Williamson
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

The 38th entry in Gollancz's Fantasy Masterworks series is a thrilling novel of lycanthropy from the pen of Jack Williamson, an author better known for science fiction. However, Darker Than You Think enters territory usually unexplored by SF, the realm of witches

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Dawn of amber Review and Opinion

2019/03/28

Roger Zelazny's The Dawn Of Amber
John Gregory Betancourt
iBooks paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

First in a prequel trilogy, The Dawn Of Amber takes us back to the days when the Logrus in the Courts of Chaos was the only pattern, exiled Dworkin was sane (more or less), and Oberon was a young soldier in a distant shadow, unaware of his

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Dead end Review and Opinion

2019/03/24

Dead End (2002)
Writers and directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Febrice Canepa

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler alert!Lately, our cinemas and home screens alike have been deluged with grisly and uncanny visions of both the undead and the death-obsessed, as zombies abound (see

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Deep future Review and Opinion

2019/03/20

Deep Future
Stephen Baxter
Gallancz hardcover £18

review by Steven Hampton

Britain's top hard-SF author turns his attention to nonfiction here, but this isn't some sort of physics textbook aimed at the layman. It's a catalogue of knowledge, current speculative thinking and visionary ideas about near and distant futures, exploring human hopes and mortal

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Difference engine Review and Opinion

2019/03/17

The Difference Engine
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Difference Engine was first published in 1990, just as cyberpunk hit the mainstream and SF had one of its brief moments in the sun. The Internet was beginning to make the news, the web was just around the corner, computers were slowly

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Digital dead by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/03/16

The Digital Dead
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

In this sequel to his wonderful The Forge Of Mars, Bruce Balfour brings back the characters of Tau Wolfsinger and his girlfriend Kate McCloud into another aspect of his world, seeing Kate kidnapped and

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Cory doctorow profiled at Review and Opinion

2019/03/13

Genre Greats:

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Dossier by stepan chapman Review and Opinion

2019/03/08

Dossier: A Collection of Short Stories
Stepan Chapman
Creative Arts paperback $13.95

review by Ian Shutter

Inspirational, and boasting an extraordinary level of creativity and imagination, Stepan Chapman's first collection of short fiction includes 17 stories of curious mythical affect with many amazing surprises, that form a compelling body of evidence

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Hitchhiker Review and Opinion

2019/03/07

Hitchhiker: A Biography Of Douglas Adams
M.J. Simpson
Hodder & Stoughton hardcover £18.99

review by Christopher Geary

With a foreword by TV producer John Lloyd, this meticulously researched but highly anecdotal biography gets started by demolishing - albeit somewhat apologetically - one of the key tales of Douglas Adams' meteoric rise to celebrity

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Downward to earth by robert silverberg Review and Opinion

2019/03/05

Downward To Earth
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

Analogy can be a highly problematic technique in science fiction, which can lead to a facile prefixing of 'space' before what in our time and place would be a terrestrial phenomenon. For instance, in Robert Silverberg's Downward To Earth, the former Earth colony

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Dream quest of unknown kadath Review and Opinion

2019/03/04

Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath
H.P. Lovecraft
Ballantine paperback $6.50

review by Amy Harlib

Way back in the early 1970s, when I was a college student (dates me doesn't it?), I was already a lifelong lover of all things fantastical. That I became an eager collector of the entire run of the late, lamented Lin Carter-edited, Ballantine Adult Fantasy

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Dreamthief's daughter Review and Opinion

2019/02/28

The Dreamthief's Daughter
Michael Moorcock
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Nazis always make great villains: I think it's the uniforms. Other villains - commies, terrorists, druggies - just don't have the same sense of style. Michael Moorcock has always had a great sense of style

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Dark heavens Review and Opinion

2019/02/27

Dark Heavens
Roger Levy
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

This sequel to Reckless Sleep gets off to a cracking start with a disturbing scene of clinical, yet nonetheless horrific, loss of life. It's shocking because the apparent slaughter of so many innocents is not a crime, the British government condones it. London detective Cy Auger

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Druid king by norman spinrad Review and Opinion

2019/02/26

The Druid King
Norman Spinrad
Little Brown paperback £10.99

review by Michael Lohr

Norman Spinrad is better known for his prolific science fiction novels such as The Solarians, Greenhouse Summer, Deus X, Journal Of The Plague Years, and The Iron Dream, but with

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Doctor who: the cabinet of light Review and Opinion

2019/02/24

Doctor Who: The Cabinet Of Light
Daniel O'Mahony
Telos hardcover £10

review by Tom Matic

When it comes to Doctor Who tie-in fiction, I prefer the kind that enhances the mystery of its central character to those turgid epics that bog the reader down in a quagmire of continuity. Thus I was

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Doctor who: ghost ship Review and Opinion

2019/02/23

Doctor Who: Ghost Ship
Keith Topping
Telos hardcover £25

review by Duncan Lawie

The deluxe edition of this novella is a beautifully presented small hardcover with a shiny grey and silver cover impressed with a skull motif. It also has a full colour, glossy frontispiece by Dariusz Jasiczak. The standard

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Prelude to dune: house corrino Review and Opinion

2019/02/21

Prelude To Dune: House Corrino
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
NEL paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

The steersmen of the Navigators' Guild use it to alter their minds and bodies so they can bend space, piloting huge ships between planets. The nobility of the great houses consume it because it confers long life, health and mental insight.

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Dv8 neighbourhood threat Review and Opinion

2019/02/19

DV8: Neighborhood Threat
Warren Ellis
Titan paperback £12.99

review by Rob Marshall

This comics' collection about poor multiethnic orphans, genetically modified into a superhero team, features characters created by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell as a spinoff from the Gen-13 series, but this sequence (originally published

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Elaine cunningham interview Review and Opinion

2019/02/18

Shared Worlds

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Eden by ken wisman Review and Opinion

2019/02/17

Eden
Ken Wisman
Authorhouse paperback $14.95

review by Patrick Hudson

Ken Wisman opens Eden with several pages of explanation of the novel's origins in a series of psychedelic drug trips. He explains that between 1998 and 2000 he took 40 trips using an unnamed psychedelic drug, and the resulting

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Elder gods Review and Opinion

2019/02/16

The Elder Gods
David and Leigh Eddings
HarperCollins hardcover £17.99

review by Tom Matic

Do you ever get the feeling with some books that the writer's been commissioned to knock out X amount of pages, and has had difficulty finding enough material to fill it? This is quite reprehensible when the page count is 200, but unforgivable when it's over 400

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Emperor of dreams Review and Opinion

2019/02/15

The Emperor Of Dreams
Clark Ashton Smith
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Clark Ashton Smith was a contemporary of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft and, with them, one of the most influential of the Weird Tales authors. All three were instrumental in laying the foundation of modern fantasy and horror, but Smith has been somewhat

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Encyclopedia of superheroes on film and television Review and Opinion

2019/02/14

The Encyclopedia Of Superheroes On Film And Television
John Kenneth Muir
McFarland hardcover $59.95

review by Tony Lee

The introduction sums up the enduring appeal of superheroes: "We all want desperately to believe that good can defeat evil, and... that there is a clear line differentiating these opposing philosophies." This may not be the whole story

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First meetings in the enderverse Review and Opinion

2019/02/13

First Meetings In The Enderverse
Orson Scott Card
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

This volume collects four stories related to Card's most celebrated creation: the original, novella length, version of Ender's Game, two prequels, and a sequel.
   The first story, The Polish Boy, deals with Ender's father, John Paul, a barely

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Enterprise Review and Opinion

2019/02/10

Enterprise (2001)
Created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

review by Daniel G. Jennings

Since Enterprise won't be seen in Britain until February, I imagine that viewers on the other side of the Atlantic are wondering what the new Trek franchise is like. Since I'm a long time Star Trek fan and I've watched the few episodes broadcast

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