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Beyond the Burn Line by  by Paul McAuley
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Science fiction is a brilliant tool for pondering what happens after the inevitable fall of humans. There is only so long that the Earth can sustain us, but that does not mean that other civilisations may not develop after. Beyond the Burn Line by Paul McAuley is a Sci Fi mystery told from the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th September 2022
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Expect Me Tomorrow by  by Christopher Priest
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I am at an age where I genuinely believe that Science Fiction is the best genre there is and I have read enough books of all types to have developed this opinion. I love it because it can be so many different things. Space opera to speculative fiction. A Sci Fi book can also be a riddle...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st September 2022
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Isolation by  by Dan Coxon
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Placing a restriction on yourself should not be a freeing experience, but the opposite can be true, especially in the arts. Making films under strict rules can lead to innovation as film makers struggle to achieve their vision under restraints. Creating an anthology about one subject matter...

Article by Sam Tyler on 20th September 2022
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A college student sits alone. Their housemates are away for Christmas, and a storm howls beyond the walls, the branches of a tree tap-tap-tapping against the window. The wind drops for a moment, and in the pause they hear a creak on the stairs, a footfall where there should be none. Their breath catches in their throat.

The woodsman nails a plank across the window to his hut, making sure to hammer those tacks all the way in. He knows...

Article by Sam Tyler on 20th September 2022
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The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
- H. P. Lovecraft
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Sherlock Holmes is such an iconic figure that it is easy to believe that he was real. A great detective walking the streets of Late Victorian London solving crimes that conventional police could not hope to solve. But he was not real, neither was Watson and they are both out of copyright which...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th September 2022
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Lost in Time by  by A G Riddle
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Time travel is fascinating, it is also some of the most fictional science fiction you will ever get. What has happened must have happened, lest you rip apart your universe in a paradox. The scientists in A. G. Riddle’s Lost in Time seem to have found a workaround as they send the worst...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th September 2022
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The Apollo Murders by  by Chris Hadfield
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The sense of adventure and bravery that someone needed to explore space in the 60s and 70s is beyond me. All that separates you from the vacuum of space is a few sheets of glass and metal. The technology onboard is simpler than the type of things you would get in a child’s electronic...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th September 2022
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Fantasy does not have to be massive epics set over several books that see dynasties rise and fall. Some of the best modern fantasy books concentrate on the characters that may have hidden in the background of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. The humble conman for instance and their crew. I...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th September 2022
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I love science fiction, but it can sometimes be hard to relate to the characters if they are flying spaceships in far off galaxies. Sometimes it is nice to read something a little closer to home, bizarre things happening to normal people. David Quantick’s Ricky’s Hand is a twisted...

Article by Sam Tyler on 1st September 2022
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Double or Nothing by  by Kim Sherwood
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James Bond has evolved through the decades from the original Ian Fleming books to a world-famous series of films and even classic computer games, but at their heart the best Bonds all hark back to Fleming’s style. Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood is a surprise then as it is a Bond book...

Article by Sam Tyler on 31st August 2022
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The supernatural has always worked well with noir as they are both genres of the night. It is only an undead hop and skip between a detective finding a corpse in the alley and that corpse waking up. Conan Doyle walked the line between the supernatural and the super-real, Holmes always discovered...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st August 2022
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The Warrior by  by Stephen Aryan
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No matter how many books are in a series and how long the journey, fantasy stories do end. But we all know that they never do. There is always an itch to discover what happened next, or what happened before, a rich lore and world to explore further. In Stephen Aryan’s The Coward we already...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th August 2022
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Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
- Earnest Hemmingway
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Titan Hoppers by  by Rob J Hayes
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Humanity is a parasite sucking the recourses from the Earth until there are no more. Like a remora attached to the undercarriage of a shark, humans will one day need find a new host. The alternative is to change our ways, but that does not seem likely. Titan Hoppers by Rob J Hayes follows a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 8th August 2022
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Black Mouth by  by Ronald Malfi
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A group of adults tormented by their past when a carnival worker changed their lives forever. Sound familiar? No not It, but Ronald Malfi’s Black Mouth, the author’s own take on how the memories of youth haunt the present. This is dark horror with glimpses of the supernatural, but...

Article by Sam Tyler on 3rd August 2022
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There are many genres out there and you can find yourself as a reader sticking to the same ones. I always noticed the large collection of Westerns and books on historic America in my public library growing up. Most of them in large print, which suggested that the audience was older than my...

Article by Sam Tyler on 2nd August 2022
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H. G. Wells is a name to conjure with. Classic stories about time machines, invisible men, alien invasions and more. He was one of the earliest genre writers in a time when the idea of genres did not exist. He just wrote what he felt like. A modern author who has taken on this mantle is Silvia...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th July 2022
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Upgrade by  by Blake Crouch
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It starts off sensibly with tweaking a DNA strand here or there to prevent a hereditary illness. Who could argue against that? However, it is not long before people realise that they can use the same tools to make sure that a child has their father’s eye colour and Mother’s hair. Why...

Article by Sam Tyler on 14th July 2022
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The Eaters of Light by  by Rona Munro
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Doctor Who is the same, but also different, in each iteration and that is what makes the characters so interesting. The Twelfth Doctor is one of the latest incarnations and one that reflected on the Doctor’s past as much as the present. The humour was still there, but also more of the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th July 2022
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