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by Michael Moorcock
Behold the Man was originally written as a novella in 1966 and won the Nebula award for best novella. It was later expanded into a very slim novel in 1969 — although at 128 pages it could still be considered novella length. Gollancz has quite rightly chosen to include it in their SF Masterworks Collection.
It tells the story of the troubled Karl Glogauer, a 20th century missfit who manages to become guinea pig for a time travel experiment, choosing to go back to AD28 — to seek out T...
by Charlie Jane Anders
Just a month into the New Year and already I've found a must read book. All the Birds in the Sky is the debut novel of Charlie Jane Anders who has been editor-in-chief of the popular SF site IO9.com for quite some time.
All the Birds in the Sky follows the paths of two very different people who find each other as children. Patricia seems to have some unusual gifts, a knack with nature and powers others don't have. Laurence is an inventor, mad scientist and one of the talented few wh...
by Brandon Sanderson
The Bands of Mourning, part of the second series of Mistborn books, taking place hundreds of years after the original Mistborn trilogy, follows the adventures of Wax, Wayne, Marasi, and Steris once more. The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist, but now there’s proof that they might, and Wax, Wayne, and Marasi are recruited to investig...
by Derek Landy
I’m already a fan of Landy’s previous work, Demon Road shows some of the same great dialogue and riveting narrative that made his Skulduggery Pleasant series such a great read. But his latest offering is definitely darker in tone and content, with murderous demon parents, twisted witches, and even the heroes are killers. The first of a new trilogy, the book tells the story of Amber, a teenage daughter of demon parents who occasionally sports some horns of her own. The plot follows her attempt...
by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson needs little introduction: wantonly imaginative; rollicking action scenes; well thought-out magic systems. Firefight, the second book in his YA Reckoners series is perhaps less well known, and centres on a group of humans in post-apocalyptic American cities hunting evil X-Men - sorry, ‘Epics’, given powers by the giant red orb hovering around in the sky called ‘The Calamity’ that suddenly appeared one day.
In the series opener Steelheart, young protagonist David gr...
by Liu Cixin
Defeatism. Fatalism. These are universal, recurrent maladies that everyone experiences at points throughout their lives. Even if one moves forward - how do we find meaning in such a vast, uncaring universe?
Only here, the universe isn’t uncaring, it’s quite pointedly predatory. These are the central themes that China’s foremost hard sci-fi writer Liu Cixin wraps up in an elegantly written, surprisingly humorous and ultimately humanistic sequel to The Three Body Problem. Cixin plays ...
by Evelyn Blackwell
Crossed is riding the heights of topical subjects, that of environment, ecology and global warming. In the very near future a cartoon is created that will ultimately change the world. It follows the adventures of a sea turtle who crosses the ocean and encounters other marine life struggling within a polluted ocean.
This sparks a wave of environmental awareness accross the worlds youth and some form a world-wide movement who call themselves "Crosses". Crosses believe that those most ...
2016 looks set to be a big year for science fiction and fantasy, with some highly promising TV series - from Man in the High Castle to new episodes of Black Mirror, films from another Star Wars to JG Ballard's High Rise (with many in between) and of course lots of lovely books.
Some of the most talented authors writing today are publishing books this y...
by Ben Elton
Ben Elton is a talented fellow. I've loved most of the TV programs he's been involved in from the Young Ones and Blackadder to Blessed and the Thin Blue Line. His humour is often satirical, off-the-wall and almost always makes me laugh.
The only novel I've read of his prior to Time and Time Again is Stark — an early example of modern environmental fiction and a book that feels a lot like the love-child of Douglas Adams and Grant Naylor. I like Time Travel novels, there have been som...
by Adam Roberts
I've said a number of times now that Adam Roberts is a gifted author and this is increasingly evident with each new book he writes. His work overflows with ideas and at the same time he seems to delight in using different structures, to experiment in forming his narrative. This time he's turned his attention to the Fermi Paradox, told through the workings of Kant along with that classic tale by John Carpenter — The Thing, and a host of other ideas.
It begins on an Antarctic research...
by Stephen Deas
The fifth book in the dragon series by Stephen Deas, Dragon Queen is certainly value by weight of pages. The previous tale, The Black Mausoleum weighed in at just over three hundred in the mass market paperback, whereas Dragon Queen is twice that and a little more.
The first trilogy of Deas’ story is well developed towards its conclusion in Order of the Scales. The fourth book, The Black Mausoleum is a standalone grimdark adventure. Dragon Queen attempts to pick up the loose ends of...
by Hugh Laurie
I've been a fan of Hugh Laurie since he first made an appearance on Blackadder (series 2 and onwards) in the early 80's along with "A bit of Fry and Laurie" and the the TV adaption of PG Wodehouse' "Jeeves and Wooster". He is a talented comedian but it took me years to finally watch his long running American series "House", for ages I just couldn't imagine him playing a more serious role.
I since became entirely hooked and have recently finished watching, I'd rate it one of the fine...
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