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Colony by  by Markus Heitz
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Over the next three days, three reviews will stand before you. Read them in any order, some elements will be the same, others quite different. If you would like to go straight to the segment unique to this review, please start with paragraph 4. 

Drafting a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th March 2021
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The Actuality by  by Paul Braddon
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I sometimes like to think about a singular change to the world and how it would affect the future. It says a lot about me that in most cases my thoughts end up at dystopia. Humans are always going to end at some point, I was just hoping...

Article by Sam Tyler on 25th February 2021
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In Science Fiction and Fantasy, I have visited a multitude of different worlds. In some cases, it feels like all the people on the planet have similar sensibilities, but how is this possible? Even within our own country you get people from the North who are...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th February 2021
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What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"
- Terry Pratchett
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I love Fantasy, I believe it creates a sense of the epic better than any other genre. Not only do big events happen but you often get a manifest destiny. The issue can be that too much might happen. Our heroes come across so many...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th February 2021
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Life in a Fantasy novel is often epic. A grand journey to destroy a ring or a fight to the death against an invading force. Our heroes rush from one end of the land on a mission, but if you look behind them you may see some of the normal people pass in a blur. The shopkeepers, the local police,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th February 2021
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Ravenspur by  by Conn Iggulden
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I love Fantasy as a genre but sometimes I get the impression that it only exists because we can only retell our own history so many times. Tales of various houses fighting for the crown, treachery, murder, a cast of heroes of villains. I am not talking about the likes of Game of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th February 2021
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If you have ever been out to sea on a sailing boat, you may have felt that feeling of majesty and awe that the water evokes. This vast expanse that continues as far as the eye can see. Depending on your personality, it can instil a sense of fear or a sense of adventure. I have felt this feeling...

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th January 2021
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Fantasy can feel like a packed, oversaturated genre. Some writers seem more than happy to walk well-footed paths when it comes to character arcs, magic systems, and worldbuilding. Maybe more than anything else, the settings of so many fantasy novels seem directly lifted from Tolkien—all babbling brooks and green glades and perfectly picturesque mountains.

Don’t get me wrong, I thrilled at that landscape as a child first...

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th January 2021
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Inscape by  by Louise Carey
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A lot of the political hustle and bustle in today’s world has its roots in how far you think capitalism should go. Some countries are all for state control, others are far more laissez faire. Do private companies already have too much...

Article by Sam Tyler on 25th January 2021
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Radio Life by  by Derek B Miller
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What do we expect from the future? I consider myself a half glass full type of person, but even my positivity has taken a battering in the past few years. A world buried under a sea of sand sounds like it may be better in some circumstances. If we do find ourselves roaming a desolate...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st January 2021
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Map's Edge by  by David Hair
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Since the days of The Lord of the Rings the fantasy genre has had a close relationship with the idea of a fellowship of characters. A group of disparate people of all races brought together to fight for a common cause. This produces a sense of shared responsibility and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th January 2021
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The modern superstition is that we're free of superstition.
- Anon
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Doors of Sleep by  by Tim Pratt
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Making an author come up with a single science fiction concept is tricky enough, but to ask them to come up with an infinite number of multiverses is just plain mean. Tim Pratt only have themselves to blame as they choice to take Zaxony Delatree on an adventure...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th January 2021
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Bear Head by  by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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When we colonise the planets will they send out the best and the brightest? I’m not so sure as many of the best and the brightest will be quite happy on Earth leading a successful life. Converting the likes of Mars into a liveable environment will be dirty, cold and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th January 2021
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Light of the Jedi by  by Charles Soule
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The Universe of Star Wars is a vast one full of unexplored planets, characters and timelines but the will of The Force always seems to drag it back to the Skywalkers. The brand-new Star Wars: The High Republic is an attempt to write Star Wars free from the restraints of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th January 2021
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