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by Adam Roberts
As the name would suggest, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea takes on the classic Jules Verne 19th century novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea as inspiration to create a remarkably clever and entertaining novel that is in parts as thought provoking as the original must have been when it was first written.
The year is 1955 and the French Navy have built a nuclear powered replica of the Nautilus - the Plongeur, built from Nemo's blueprints recovered from India and partly f...
by Tim Lebbon
I've always loved the Aliens films (well at least the first two), both films work for very different reasons. The first was totally ground breaking with it's unique style, examination of claustrophobia, fear - the combination of science fiction and horror that combined with some exceptional music, directing, special effects and casting. The sequel managed to do something that very few sequels have before or since and that's create something that matches the original in terms of quality and ye...
The Confluence series by Paul McAuley is vastly under-rated and deserves to be enjoyed by many more readers. The good folks over at Gollancz are thankfully providing a second chance of enjoying this powerful series. The author has re-edited the series into one glorious volume and to celebrate the launch of the Confluence novel we have been lucky enough to feature an art...
by Alastair Reynolds
With On the steel breeze Alastair Reynolds has managed a little slice of futurism, how? Elephants. It seems we've been vastly under-estimating the intelligence of these gentle giants, at least most of us have - Reynolds hasn't. Recent research now suggests that Elephants are at least as intelligent as we are and often a damn site friendlier too and it appears that at some point in the future people may actually begin to realise this. Reynolds clearly has some thoughts on the subject and it's ...
by Erin Morgenstern
Review by Vanessa. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”
Celia Bowen, daughter of a magician, is bound into a duel at a young age. She grows up learning how to magically fuse her sliced fingers back together and turn jackets into bird...
by Dave Hutchinson
Europe in Autumn is an Alternative History near future story that could be considered Kafkaesque in more than one sense of the word. Its part of new style of novel that mixes European settings with a gritty noir feeling such as seen in those quite brilliant novels Osama and Wolfhound Century....
by Stephen King
Review by Cleggy. Okay I must admit that when I heard about this book coming into existence I must say I was rather excited, hell, it was more than that it was like sliced bread. Doctor Sleep for those who aren’t aware, is the sequel, of sorts, to The Shining, one of the best books Mr King has written in my humble opinion. I would go on record to say that all horror fans know the story of The Shining, either the King novel or the famous movie with Jack Nicholson which is based on the book. F...
by Tom Lloyd
A man falls from the roof of a building, pursued by agents unknown and Lawbringer Narin is asked personally by none other than a god to investigate the matter and help find a cure to the unconscious mans poison, thus begins Moon's Artifice.
What follows is a powerful, rich fantasy tale that hits all the right notes. It feels like a grown up fantasy, one that's learned from past mistakes and is more mature, older and wiser. It also feels like one of those films that are packed with s...
by Christopher Golden
Snowblind follows the events of a small town of Coventry in the US state of Massachusetts that appears to have something of a unique storm. Not only a storm where people go missing or are killed but one that has an unearthly, supernatural twist. When the lights are extinguished demonic icicles grab the spirit of those they catch in an icy-cold death grip.
12 years later and it looks like this strange blizzard is set to return and once again grab the souls of the towns inhabitants....
by Hylton H Smith
The year is 2175 and the Earth is a very different place with radiation from the depleted ozone layer now reaching dangerous levels. A co-operation exists between the previously warring factions of humanity and their creation - Cyborgs. An unexpected find on one of Jupiter's moons leads to humanity questioning it's very origins - a discovery that will eventually be known as The Jupiter Paradox....
Back in January 2009 we reported that German scientists had stumbled upon a strange problem that suggests that the univere is a holographic projection - a crazy theory I admit. Forward to October 2010 and physicist Craig Hogan has been busy building a holographic interferometer, or "Holometer" (which sounds like it came straight out of Star Trek) to test this theory and a...
by Jason M Hough
The Exodus Towers is the second volume in the Dire Earth Cycle, picking up right where the cliff-hanger ending left the story. A new Elevator and those strange Black Towers only complicate matters for those survivors of the wasteland that is the Earth. Not all survivors are that friendly either and the "cult of immunes" seem to be gaining strength.
As if that wasn't enough, a new threat appears to be forming, our intrepid hero Skyler discovers a crashed Builders ship that seems to b...
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