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by Hylton H Smith
The Nexus Odyssey is an omnibus featuring the Darwinian Extension series along with the follow-on novel "Renewal", a series that presents a bold vision for the human race.
It begins in 2033 with a planned mission to populate the red planet, Mars. But rather than a simple plan to create a settlement as the private company Mars One is working towards in 2023, the idea is to colonise the planet and ultimately terraform the surface cre...
From award-winning British fantasy author Freda Warrington, A Taste of Blood Wine (Titan Books, May 2013) is the first novel of a gothic vampire melodrama.
To celebrate the return of the critically acclaimed Blood Books in collectable paperback and e-book edition, Titan Books and Freda Warrington are serialising two rare and risqué stories set within the ...
by Freda Warrington
A Taste of Blood Wine is romantic. It’s chock full of smoldering description, intrigue and mystery, dark love, and all sorts of gossip and twists and turns.
The novel follows Charlotte, the daughter and lab partner of a scientist, as she rapidly falls for the vampire Karl. But then the plot thickens. Karl is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude and tends to lean toward the criminally insane, with his God-fearing notions and sick love of Karl. ...
by Jason Kristopher
The world has ended and the few who remain are faced with a struggle to survive, not only with a lack of food and heat (not to mention any real form of civilisation) but also against the hordes of shambling undead who look to rip, tear, kill and eat not to mention the possibility of an even more dangerous threat on the horizon. There are worse things after the end of the world than zombies.
One of the last remnants of the once mighty United States has gone silent, a whole bunker of ...
by Dean Koontz
Review by Cleggy. By the time Dean Koontz wrote this novel he was already a household name. He had infiltrated the mystery / thriller / horror genres like no other. With a novel a year hitting the bookshelves he was as prolific a writer as Stephen King. However on closer inspection one can find that a lot of the books published during this time were re-writes of his earlier work. Whether it was his success as a writer that encouraged him to release some of his older works a second time, greed...
by Fantasy Flight Games
There is always a danger that tie-in products (be they board games, computer games or books) are just used as cash cows, simply created to take advantage of a popular brand. This seems to happen often in the world of computer games (with only the recent Batman and Lego brands being noted exceptions), thankfully it never seems to happen to the same extent within the wonderful world of the board game.
A Game of Thrones novel (along with the series A Song of Ice and Fire) is something ...
by Peter Higgins
Citizens! Family! Friends! gather while I warn you all of a new book set within the capital of our great nation. A tale of courage, of our brave Politsiya fighting evil insurgents that threaten our wonderful country.
But it also contains much that isn't true, causing scandal by suggesting that our loyal citizens of Mirgorod are corrupt! Wolfhound Century acts a stark reminder that we must be ever vigilant against ALL threats without and within. I urge you all to report anyone reading ...
by David Wingrove
The great world-spanning City of Chung Kuo see's the War that wasn't a war being fought between it's levels as the ruling seven T'ang struggle to maintain calm and prevent change.
But this War isn't being fought on a battlefield, instead these combatants are employing a degree of subterfuge and guerilla warfare; from assassination to carefully placed bombs and stealthy poisoning - this dark shadow is striking the very heart of Chung Kuo.
Increasing this danger of change is...
To celebrate the launch of the off-the-wall post-singularity novel Rapture of the Nerds we've been lucky enough to grab the gestalt entity responsible - Charles Stross & Cory Doctorow - and ask them about the book, working together and plans for the future. ...
by Cory Doctorow
Towards the end of the 21st Century Earth appears as a very different place, a post-singularity existence and a fractured future of a billion earthbound souls, preserved at the bottom of a gravity well.
Huw is a technophobe and somewhat of a misanthropist - a natural selection for the Tech Jury Service. The Jury Service of the late 21st century being one that rules on whether a stray piece of technology downloaded from the godlike "cloud" surrounding the planet can be permitted on E...
by Benjamin Percy
Werewolves are often given second place to those pale undead that are now thankfully on the wane, where one wanes another waxes and perhaps 2013 will be year of the werewolf - it will if Red Moon has anything to do with it.
The novel is set in an alternate world where werewolves are not only real but are in an abundance, so much so that wars have been fought against them and everyone know about them. As you might expect they are treated as second class citizens or worse - little mor...
by Phillip Mann
Something is going wrong on the planet of Paradise, crops will no longer grow, those imported withering and dying in their droves. The indigenous plant life (never entirely safe) is becoming wildly unpredictable and dangerous. And so the order is given to abandon Paradise, all personnel to be removed and re-assigned - all human presence on the planet will be disestablished.
There are some who believe that Paradise still has secrets to reveal and more to offer the human race and that...
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Adam Robots by Adam Roberts