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Elite: Lave Revolution

by Allen Stroud

Elite: Lave Revolution by Allen Stroud

I first discovered Elite growing up in the Eighties. It was a simpler time and Elite made a huge impact, the freedom to travel to distant stars and meet, trade with Alien races was irresistable. Sadly even back then entertainment companies were already trying out crazy methods of protecting their products from copying and the Elite version I played had the most ridiculous copy protection seen before or since (you think DRM is bad). Known as Lenslok, some bright spark decided that in order to ...

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reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 20 August 2014
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Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Day One - The Georgia flu sweeps the globe, a pandemic on a scale not seen before. Reports put the mortality rate at 99%.

Week Two and most of Civilisation lies in ruins.

Twenty years after the cataclysm and pockets of humanity have rebuilt settlements across the US. Things seem a lot less dangerous than they did. A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through each territory along the coast of Lake Michigan performing shakespeare and classical symph...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 18 August 2014
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Red Planet Blues

by Robert J Sawyer

Red Planet Blues by Robert J Sawyer

The idea behind Red Planet Blues is a clever one. Mars has been colonised and is the new frontier with many parallels to the American gold-rush of the 1800's. This time around however it is genuine alien fossils that are in demand and fetch a high price. Since pretty much anything can now be synthesized on Earth, collecting something that isn't artificial - such as the remnants of ancient Martian life - becomes highly desirable. People desperate to strike a vein of Fossils in the Martian soil...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 15 August 2014
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The Demolished Man

by Alfred Bester

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The Demolished Man was the first ever novel to win a Hugo award for "Best Novel" in 1953. As with much of Alfred Bester's works, it remains an understated classic in the science fiction genre.

The novel is set in the 24th Century with a society who can no longer hide their crimes following the rise of police telepaths. Anyone caught carrying out a serious crime is "Demolished"; their mind erased. For Ben Reich this poses a serious problem. Haunted by nightmare's of the Man with no F...

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reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 06 August 2014
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Jerry Cornelius: His Life and Times

by Michael Moorcock

Jerry Cornelius: His Life and Times by Michael Moorcock

I discovered Michael Moorcock’s work fairly late in life. I’d just started teaching in Higher Education and was pointed towards both Elric of Melibone and his academic text – Wizardry and Wild Romance. The latter I found disagreeable, but deeply insightful and the former a read I could begin but not finish, no matter how hard I tried.

Eleven years later, I return to try again with Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times, a collection of Moorcock’s short stories about this particul...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Friday 01 August 2014
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Assembly Code

by Colin Barnes

Assembly Code by Colin Barnes

Synopsis: Picking up where Artificial Evil concludes, Gerry returns to Earth and discovers that problems have only escalated in spite of everything previously achieved while saving City Earth. Petal’s story unfolds as the mysteries of her past unveil the complexity of our dystopian Earth. Gerry, now upgraded and more powerful than before, posses the skills to give what remains of humanity a fighting chance against the Family and new evil force that has emerged from the West, the Red Widows....

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 30 July 2014
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The Bullet Catcher's Daughter

by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter is set in a world that is steeped in steampunk-esque arcane machines with a nod to the Victorian era from a social stand-point. This style is perfectly captured by the series name "The Gas-Lit Empire". In this tightly controlled Empire it is unseemly - in many cases actually illegal - for a woman to have a "proper" job. As a result Elizabeth Barnabus is forced to lead a double life of duplicity. Acting as a lady but working as a private detective while disguised ...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 28 July 2014
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Fiefdom

by Dan Abnett

Fiefdom by Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent have come together to tell a tale of a future that feels and sounds not like what one would envision, resembling more our distant past then our near future. Many readers will know of Dan Abnett and his prolific work with Marvel, Abaddon, Games Workshop, and his most successful work, Gaunt’s Ghost (where I was first introduced to Abnett). Other readers might come to this story having already been exposed to the Kingdom comics from where our story takes places. In Kin...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 25 July 2014
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Journal of the Plague Year

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Journal of the Plague Year by Adrian Tchaikovsky

If you like your science fiction with a dystopian edge, this might be a good book for you.

The Afterblight Chronicles is a shared world series published by Abaddon Books. Originating in 2006, with Simon Spurrier’s The Culled and passing through the hands of several different writers over the years, it is a post-apocalyptic vision of humanity in the grip of an uncontrollable virus. The latest publication is Journal of the Plague Year: three authors writing three stories, sharing the ...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 23 July 2014
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No Hero

by Jonathan Wood

No Hero by Jonathan Wood

Arthur Wallace, inspired by 80's films such as Tango and Cash, is an Oxford copper who finds himself entirely unprepared when fate chooses him to step up and play the hero; recruited as he is by the mysterious government agency MI37.

Luckily he's always lived by the mantra "What would Kurt Russell do?" but even the venerable action hero might find himself outclassed against an inter-dimensional nightmarish group of creatures who now threaten our reality.

Told from the fir...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 21 July 2014
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The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Kelsea Glynn is the only heir to the throne of Tearling but rather than growing up surrounded by servants and sophistication she has been raised in a woods by foster parents, in secret. Mostly this is due to her real mothers failings - Queen Elyssa was murdered for ruining the kingdom and for 18 years its been ruled over by Regent.

The Regent is Kelsea's uncle but in reality his strings have been firmly pulled by the Red Queen. The Red Queen is a tyrant and sorceress who rules the n...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 18 July 2014
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Artificial Evil

by Colin Barnes

Artificial Evil by Colin Barnes

Colin F. Barnes’ Artificial Evil, Book One of the Techxorist Series introduces readers to a familiar yet new experience in post-apocalyptic literature. The series is ongoing, the author’s website reveals book four as “in progress” (as of July 2014). Currently, the three part series includes a prequel to Artificial Evil. As a reader, I’ve decided to read through book three before enjoying the prequel. And by enjoy, I don’t speak presumptuously. Artificial Evil grabbed me in the first thirty pa...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 16 July 2014

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