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Love Bites by  by Ry Herman
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The best thing about genre fiction is that it provides such a wide array of ideas. Take the concept of a vampire novel. You may immediately think of gothic buildings and lace, but you could easily read a modern vampire novel that is violent and full of action. Love...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th July 2020
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Releasing a book about a pandemic during the middle of a real pandemic is a bold move but one that Paul Tremblay has taken. Although there are some parallels between what is happening in the world today and those within the pages of Survivor Song, they are...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th July 2020
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H P Lovecraft’s shadow casts a long one over the horror genre. He developed new types of horrors that reverberate today; psychological and body horror are just two. What has changed is the way that people perceive horror. Whilst once upon a time...

Article by Sam Tyler on 2nd July 2020
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He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
- Douglas Adams
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The gothic novel should always have on the cover the image of a women with a ripped and flowing dress running away in terror from an imposing stately house. This is not the cover that Silvia Moreno-Garcia chose for Mexican Gothic, but it could so easily have been. The...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th June 2020
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Shadow Fall by  by Alexander Freed
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If you look at the Star Wars timeline from afar it can seem a little depressing. An Old Republic falls only for an Empire to rise. That goes and you get The New Order. It seems that the rebels are always having to rebel against something. However, for the Sith to rise,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 25th June 2020
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The Ghost Machine by  by James Lovegrove
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The idea of a virtual reality being superior to the real thing reoccurs often in science fiction. Why live in the slums of Ready Player One or the battleship grey halls of Red Dwarf, when things can be Better Than Life? The issues...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th June 2020
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Gene Roddenberry famously pitched Star Trek to NBC executives as “Wagon Train to the stars”. He was referencing, of course, the TV series about a group of settlers forging their way westward across 19th-century America. Wagon Train was hugely popular in its time, running for eight seasons between 1957 and 1965, although nowadays it is largely remembered for its role in inspiring a markedly more successful SF franchise.

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Article by Sam Tyler on 15th June 2020
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Heart of the Assassin by  by Robert Ferrigno
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The Butterfly Effect is a device used to explore alternative versions of our world. The simple action of a time travellers going back to the time of the dinosaurs and standing on a butterfly would alter everything that followed, ripples expanding from that one point. Robert...

Article by Sam Tyler on 2nd June 2020
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Hope Island by  by Tim Major
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Kids love them or fear them. It may seem a little odd to be scared of infants, but if anyone else screamed at you with a psychopathic rage you would probably take a step back. On their own they can be manageable, but in a group, they...

Article by Sam Tyler on 28th May 2020
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Starship Alchemon by  by Christopher Hinz
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Having read more than a few Starship loads of science fiction in my time I am particular about what type of aliens I like. I have a fondness for the Star Trek tactic of gluing some plasticine to the forehead of a humanoid but in today’s fiction...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th May 2020
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The Word is Murder by  by Anthony Horowitz
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I have read a lot of crime fiction and even as a fan you can be critical of how similar they can be. The formats and storylines can bog down into only a few basic formulas. In a less accomplished author this can lead to a bland book that fades quickly in the memory, but this...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th May 2020
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The only people I know who still believe in hell are the ones who had the proper kind of upbringing.
- Mark Twain
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Captain's Daughter by  by Peter David
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There are many things that I want to be in life, but I don’t want to be the relation of a famous Star Trek character. You are only there to be killed off at some point e.g. Kirk’s Son or Father depending on what Universe you are in. Now in Star Trek:...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th May 2020
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Providence by  by Max Barry
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Luddites are a group that used to destroy the machines that were taking their jobs. The term is now used as a derivative way to talk about someone who does not get technology but, did they have it right? All us smug computer literate people may have the best...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th April 2020
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Masquerade for Murder by  by Mickey Spillane
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My partner and I went through a stage of watching only noir films. Many of them felt the same, but some stood out. The French films had an effortless style, Barbara Stanwyck was always amazing, and one film was just a little bit insane. That film...

Article by Sam Tyler on 24th April 2020
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