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The Glass Box by  by J Michael Straczynski
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Some of the best speculative fiction starts with an idea that is not far removed from the normal, a simple nudge to reality can lead to many places. In the case of J. Michael Straczynski’s The Glass Box, this place is a psychiatric hospital. The reason for being sent there? New government...

Article by Sam Tyler on 24th June 2024
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To Kill a King by  by David Gilman
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When I finally get around to building that time machine, I made a note not to visit 14th century Europe. The continent was a hodgepodge of wars and battles. Even during times of peace you could still stumble across the wrong village, and they would kill you for your shoes. Not a century for...

Article by Sam Tyler on 11th June 2024
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How Like a God by  by Rex Stout
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When you enter midlife, you must watch out that you do not get lost in the past. Past glories that may have been, lovers that were or could have been. There is a reason that some people drift into a crisis, seeing the grass could have been greener had they picked a different path. When you are...

Article by Sam Tyler on 10th June 2024
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It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it?s called life
- Terry Pratchett
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The Righteous Arrows by  by Brian J. Morra
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I am a massive fan of historic fiction; it is a fantastic way of bringing the past to life. It depends on the author how heavily they lean on the historic part or the fiction part. Some books are thinly disguised pseudo fantasy held together by a whisper of historic accuracy, while others read...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th May 2024
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Comparing a detective series to Sherlock Holmes is not always helpful as that is such an iconic character who has gone off to be in a thousand different spin offs, but on occasion it is apropos. If a series is about a super intelligent detective with a penchant for opium who works with a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th May 2024
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Into the Night by  by Cornell Woolrich
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What makes a good noir story? Is it the setting, the characters, a murder? All these things, but also none of them. I have read many ‘classic’ noir stories about a grizzled PI investigating a femme fatale set some time in the 40/50s, but I have also read them set in alternative...

Article by Sam Tyler on 8th May 2024
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Scorched by  by Don Silver
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Coming-of-age stories are perennial favorites because most of us get the chance to come-of-age at some point. You may know a few immature adults, but when it comes down to it, they are not walking around in short trousers and attending school. The reason that we do not all write about our own...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th May 2024
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Death Comes Too Late by  by Charles Ardai
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There is an art to the short story. They should not try to emulate their longer cousins, or even the novelette format. A short story should pop up, throws a few punches then head off again without a backwards glance, but the best of them with leave an impression, a lingering sense of something...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th April 2024
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It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it?s called life
- Terry Pratchett
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Joining a band is a rite of passage that everyone should try at least once. I got as far as forming a fake band with my mates at university, but then we had no commitment. To really make it you will need to buckle down and learn an instrument and write some songs – or just be a punk band....

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th March 2024
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The War Widow by  by Tara Moss
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According to esteemed author Robert Rankin there are only ever three locations in a Private Investigator novel. A bar, the alley behind the bar and a rooftop to have the final showdown on. Billie Walker is no normal PI, she is not an investigator, but an Inquirer. She goes as far as to say that...

Article by Sam Tyler on 11th March 2024
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Smoke Kings by  by Jahmal Mayfield
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There is a reason that criminal gangs fall apart. As an individual you can take responsibility for your own action, plan ever detail and keep your mouth shut when the job is done, but what about the others? They may be getting cold feet or have a loudmouth. The Smoke Kings are a group that...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st February 2024
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Nobody's Angel by  by Jack Clark
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I am of a certain age, and I recall that the 1990s was a good decade, a time of societal development and change for the better. I used to look down on those who rated the 70s as a fun decade as it seemed grim to me, but as I get older the 90s was as grim as the 70s and I am sure that the 2010s...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th February 2024
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