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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Merry-Go-Round And Other Words by Bryn Fortey Review and Opinion

2016/03/18

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Yesterday's dreams Review and Opinion

2017/12/11

Yesterday's Dreams
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Vivisphere paperback £16

review by Duncan Lawie

Yesterday's Dreams is a modern Celtic fairy tale set in New York. Such a summary offers every possibility of total disaster, but the author is better than that. The protagonist is Kara, a native New Yorker and an only child of an Irish father. As the book

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Jerry pournelle interviewed at Review and Opinion

2018/10/23

A Million Words To Make A Writer

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Andromeda Review and Opinion

2019/07/12

Andromeda (2000)
Sky One, Mondays, 8pm

review by Ceri Jordan

There's a story in one of the Dark Terrors anthologies about a studio that holds its most famous writer to his contract until he produces a final hit show - even though he died decades ago. You can't help wondering if Gene Roddenberry's contract read like that. And alas, judging by

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Harlequin by laurell k. hamilton Review and Opinion

2015/12/11

The Harlequin
Laurell K. Hamilton
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

The Harlequin is the 14th 'Anita Blake' book to be published in the UK and the author offers little succour to those unfamiliar with events so far. Anita Blake, a federal marshal, necromancer and vampire hunter is surrounded by lycanthropes of every kind, from swanmanes

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Principles of angels Review and Opinion

2015/08/08

Principles Of Angels
Jaine Fenn
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Khesh City is enclosed in a dome and balanced on a stalk far above the rocky surface of an empty planet. The City, as it is usually referred to, is a well-regulated place, neatly divided into quarters by long avenues and governed by a Concord, which has the ultimate sanction

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Son of man by robert silverberg Review and Opinion

2018/04/01

Son Of Man
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Gary Couzens

Robert Silverberg was prolific from the outset: he's one of the few genre writers of note to have had a million words in print before his 30th birthday. Much of that early output was admitted hackwork, churned out by the yard. But as the 1960s progressed, he began to pay more

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Running wild by j.g. ballard Review and Opinion

2015/07/21

Running Wild
J.G. Ballard
Flamingo paperback £6.99

review by Paul Higson

Call me precocious but I recall as a schoolboy scribbling the words, 'There is no such thing as sanity just varying degrees of insanity.' I heard those words virtually ad verbatim in Claude Chabrol's film Le Boucher in a television transmission (or at least read them in

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Quicksilver Review and Opinion

2018/06/11

Quicksilver
Neal Stephenson
William Heinemann hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Following the success of his critically acclaimed Cryptoniomicon, Neal Stephenson's latest is a three-part prequel beginning with Quicksilver. If Cryptonomicon was a huge undertaking, this trilogy looks set to establish new epic scales of bigness

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Stories of your life and others Review and Opinion

2018/03/08

Stories Of Your Life And Others
Ted Chiang
Tor / Orb paperback $14.95

review by Gary Couzens

If, as they say, you need to have written about a million words before you can truly know how to write, then Ted Chiang's bottom drawer must be full to bursting. At least you hope it is. Here is an author who won a Nebula Award with his first published story

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Space merchants Review and Opinion

2018/03/30

The Space Merchants
Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Mitch Courtenay is a star-class copysmith for Fowler Schocken Associates, one of the two advertising agencies vying for control of the upcoming colonisation of Venus. When he's put in charge of the Venus account, he is kidnapped and reduced to the

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River of gods by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2015/07/28

River Of Gods
Ian McDonald
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Ian McDonald has been active on the British SF scene for ages now and this is far from being his first book. He's already won the British SF Association prize for best novel of 2004 and he's hotly tipped to scoop a Clarke award too. With the Nebulas and Hugos both opting

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Starman Review and Opinion

2018/03/19

Starman: Sins Of The Father
James Robinson
Titan graphic novel £12.99

review by Debbie Moon

The decision to go into the family business is always a tricky one, especially when Dad's a costumed superhero named Starman, responsible for the safety of art deco metropolis Opal City...
   Jack Knight, happy-go-lucky collectibles dealer, is happy to leave

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Panic room Review and Opinion

2018/07/14

Panic Room (2001)
Director: David Fincher

review by Amy C. Adair

If you're looking for nail-biting suspense, Panic Room makes an excellent rental. It is an uncluttered story about a woman and her daughter that move into a New York apartment with a 'panic room' in case of break-ins, and they end up having to use it on their first night. The intruders

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Chasm city by alastair reynolds Review and Opinion

2019/05/09

Chasm City
Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Tanner Mirabel is a mercenary from the war-torn planet of Sky's Edge on a mission of vengeance to make up for the death of the employer he failed. He follows aristocrat Argent Revich to Yellow Stone, a desolate planet

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Skreemer Review and Opinion

2018/04/13

Skreemer
Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Skreemer is the story of the fight to retain dignity and compassion in a grim near-future world struggling to rebuild after being decimated by plague. Brutal gangs control the supply of life-saving serums and three kids from the wrong side of

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Card player Review and Opinion

2017/08/23

The Card Player (2004)
Director: Dario Argento

review by Paul Higson

Age showed no signs of a slowdown for Argento in his last few offerings. He still displayed that propensity to surprise and shock us in the tortured and curiously personal The Stendahl Syndrome and particularly so in the wildly entertaining

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X-men Review and Opinion

2017/12/15

X-Men (2000)
Director: Bryan Singer

review by Tony Lee

In Washington, a wily US senator demands the public exposure and registration of naturally occurring human mutants, as the first step in his political war against the new evolutionary offshoot of mankind, a race of homo superior that, he fears, will supplant sapiens as the dominant species.
   

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Solar lottery by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/04/03

Solar Lottery
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

The year is 2203 and the Earth is governed by a bizarre system of leadership whereby public officeholders and the targets of political assassinations alike are chosen by a random twitch of The Bottle. In this maniacal world, Ted Benteley becomes the saviour in a mad struggle

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Authority: relentless, under new management Review and Opinion

2016/04/12

The Authority: Relentless
Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, and Paul Neary
Wildstorm / DC graphic novel £12.99

The Authority: Under New Management
Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Mark Millar, and Frank Quitely
Wildstorm / DC graphic novel £12.99

reviews by J.C. Hartley

The Authority was born out of the Stormwatch title, a tactical response

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What planet are you from? Review and Opinion

2017/12/27

What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Director: Mike Nichols

review by Trent Walters

What Planet Are You From? is less of a science fiction than a clever comedy of generic male and female relations. Bear in mind the segregation of genders is analogous to the segregation between species.
   Aliens, whose genitals have shrivelled now want to conquer

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Angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/07/11

Angel Season One (1999)
Created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt

review by Christopher Geary

This is the first spin-off series from Whedon's astonishingly successful TV show, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. It stars David Boreanaz as the titular hero, a vampire cursed with a soul - the result of

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I am the bird by t m wright Review and Opinion

2015/11/24

I Am The Bird
T.M. Wright
PS Publishing paperpack £10

review by David Hebblethwaite

It is difficult for a straightforward summary to do justice to T.M. Wright's remarkable I Am The Bird, a novella in which nothing much happens, no story is told (in the conventional sense) and nothing

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Modesty blaise: cry wolf Review and Opinion

2015/09/18

Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf
Peter O'Donnell and Enric Badia Romero
Titan paperback £10.99

review by Barry Forshaw

Since the creator of the most acclaimed heroine in British literary history retired Modesty Blaise, Peter O'Donnell could probably have rested on his laurels. Certainly, he could afford to. But since retiring from the long-running newspaper

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Book of dave by will self Review and Opinion

2016/03/22

The Book Of Dave
Will Self
Penguin paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Will Self may masquerade as a mainstream literary figure but, after years of dropping hints, there can now be no doubt: Will Self is a science fiction writer. He's tried to mask it for a while, by writing humane and intelligent novels about desperation and the world of ordinary

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Gordath wood by patrice sarath Review and Opinion

2015/12/17

Gordath Wood
Patrice Sarath
Ace paperback $7.99

review by Gary Couzens

We're in horse country, Hunter's Chase in north New York State, which abuts Gordath Wood. An earthquake tremor - very rare in this part of the world - has disturbed a valuable stallion. So Lynn decides to ride him home through the wood, being easier than attempting to load him on

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Shenanigans by noel hannan Review and Opinion

2015/07/09

Shenanigans
Noel K. Hannan
Pendragon paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

This first collection of SF from comics' writer Noel Hannan contains some delightfully offbeat short stories. The opener, Seeds, is a curiously affecting little fable about militarism, in which the spawn of male robot and female golem start fighting for no reason other than

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Brasyl by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2016/03/19

Brasyl
Ian McDonald
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

There is a scene in Alastair Reynolds' debut novel Revelation Space (2000), where a character has to pay a visit to some aliens in order to have his mind reconfigured to work like an alien's. In return for this piece

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Debatable space by philip palmer Review and Opinion

2016/02/15

Debatable Space
Philip Palmer
Orbit paperback £10

review by Alasdair Stuart

Flanagan has a plan. It involves kidnapping Lena, the Cheo's daughter and holding her to ransom. What Flanagan doesn't bank on is how capable and how fierce Lena is, what he'll have to do to hold on to her, and the effect it will have on his crew, even before the Cheo gets

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All my sins remembered Review and Opinion

2018/04/15

All My Sins Remembered
Joe Haldeman
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Debbie Moon

Young, idealistic Otto McGavin, a devout Buddhist, signs up to work for the interstellar Confederacion because he believes in its mission to protect the rights of humans and non-humans all across the galaxy. There's just one problem. The diplomacy training he thinks

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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Dracula III Review and Opinion

2017/06/03

Dracula III: Legacy (2005)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Roy Scheider I am sorry. I don't think I am actually entirely responsible, but as a moviegoer I feel somewhat partly to blame. I know things haven't been the best lately but are they truly this bad? The shock I had when I got my copy of Dracula III: Legacy and

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Red dwarf Review and Opinion

2018/06/06

Red Dwarf (1988-99)
Created by Grant Naylor

review by Mike McCarty and Mark McLaughlin

For those of you who haven't seen Red Dwarf, this sci-fi comedy concerns the adventures of Lister, the last Earthman alive, and his pals - the hologram Rimmer, a humanoid feline simply called Cat, and Lister's ex-girlfriend Kochanski. Their home is the space

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Brothers grimm Review and Opinion

2017/09/11

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Director: Terry Gilliam

review by Debbie Moon

Brothers Jake and Will Grimm travel early 19th century Germany, using their theatrical skills to convince gullible villagers that they're under attack from witches and monsters - and then driving the threat away for a fat fee. But their reputation backfires when the occupying French

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Bubba ho-tep Review and Opinion

2019/05/21

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

review by Eric Turowski

Elvis meets the mummy? How did I never hear of this film? Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley, who had long ago traded places with an Elvis impersonator (who subsequently died), Sebastian Haff. Now, due to a tragic barbeque accident and an ironic pelvis fracture infection that sent

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Supernatural tales 11 Review and Opinion

2015/06/06

Supernatural Tales #11
editor: David Longhorn
291 Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NN
£7.50 / $15

review by Mario Guslandi

Turned into an annual anthology for the last two years, Supernatural Tales reverts back to its original fortmat, that of a magazine featuring both fiction and non-fiction dealing with the horrific and the supernatural

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Dead time Review and Opinion

2017/07/01

Dead Time (2005)
Director: Jason Wilcox

review by Paul Higson

"Time slide, place to hide, nudge reality, foresight, mind's eye, magic imagery."

This is going to be difficult for me to review, because I've already written it up and lost all 800 words. I hate to repeat myself, find it an agony

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Richard III Review and Opinion

2018/05/22

Richard III (1996)
Director: Richard Loncraine

review by Tony Lee

An affected but wholly successful revision of Shakespeare's play, this tale of royal intrigue and one man's lust for the power of the British throne (filmed 40 years earlier by Laurence Olivier) is updated from 15th century costume drama to 1930s' political thriller. Ian McKellen (who

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Pioneers of wonder Review and Opinion

2018/06/26

Pioneers Of Wonder - Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction
Eric Leif Davin
Prometheus hardcover £27

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a book that definitely 'does what it says on the tin', and for anyone with even a passing interest in the extraordinary growth of the genre in 1930s

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Ares express by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2019/07/07

Ares Express
Ian McDonald
Earthlight paperback £7.99

review by Porl Broome

Oh dear, two of my least favourite literary subject matters: the Red Planet, and - gulp - trains. Still, I was careful to keep my stones un-cast until I'd at least given this novel a fair crack of the whip. The story follows the adventures of Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-

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Spirit by gwyneth jones Review and Opinion

2015/06/23

Spirit, or the Princess of Bois Dormant
Gwyneth Jones
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Spirit bristles with energy and anger, gradually smoothing into equanimity. A key message of the book is presented in the first few pages: "Believe me, this is the greatest secret I know. Rule your own mind, and you may rule the world. Far

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Iron council Review and Opinion

2015/11/11

Iron Council
China Miéville
Macmillan hardcover £17.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Since the publication of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville has enjoyed a status afforded few genre authors. His books are published through a mainstream publishing company (despite Macmillan having a

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Hidden family by charles stross Review and Opinion

2015/12/05

The Hidden Family
Charles Stross
Tor hardcover £17.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Charles Stross is a clever man. He is so clever in fact that clearly he's a mad scientist. I say this because while every dog has his day, Charlie Stross is having an absolute blinder of a year. The only reasonable explanation for Stross' ongoing rampage through the

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Emperor of gondwanaland and other stories Review and Opinion

2016/01/23

Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories
Paul Di Filippo
Thunder's Mouth paperback $16.95

review by Duncan Lawie

The Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories is, as the author says in his introduction, a sampling of everything he does. The result is an excellent career overview but not an unalloyed pleasure.

I have read a fair amount

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A.li.ce Review and Opinion

2017/10/25

A.Li.Ce (1999)
Director: Kenichi Maejima

review by John Percival

Alice Hayashi is the youngest person ever to go into space. However, soon after the launch her shuttle crashes at the North Pole. After the crash Alice finds herself chased by soldiers and then rescued by a boy named Yuan. Together they discover that during the crash Alice has been catapulted

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Song for nero Review and Opinion

2018/04/02

A Song For Nero
Thomas Holt
Little, Brown hardcover £16.99

review by Duncan Lawie

A Song For Nero is an assault with a garrulous instrument. The narrator, Galen, starts talking at a hundred miles an hour and simply doesn't let up for 470 pages. Within a few paragraphs the reader is swept away by this character's immediacy and likeability and

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Art of rowena Review and Opinion

2019/07/03

The Art Of Rowena
Rowena Morrill
Paper Tiger softcover £14.99 / $21.95

review by Paul Higson

Rowena Morrill has been producing fantasy art since accidentally stumbling upon her gift in the mid-1970s. Necessity meant that much of the portfolio is commissioned work for novel covers, calendars, games, cards and portraiture, often with the directions written

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Cosmic puppets by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2016/02/29

The Cosmic Puppets
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

What are Ted and Peggy Barton doing in Millgate, VA? Does the place even exist? Well, it exists in some half-forgotten form, it certainly doesn't exist in the form that Ted Barton remembers. On his arrival in Millgate, he spends the first few hours looking for shops that

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Steve aylett's atom Review and Opinion

2019/06/26

Atom
Steve Aylett
Four Walls Eight Windows hardcover $14.95

review by Amy Harlib

British author of 'slipstream', avant-garde SF, Steve Aylett, with many previous books under his belt and whose reputation for outrageousness precedes him, does it again! Atom, a recent novel (in print and readily

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