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Borne

Jeff Vandermeer

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

‘We all just want to be people, and none of us know what that really means.’ Jeff VandeMeer’s Rachel summarises the theme of his latest book best. The author’s first novel since his acclaimed Southern Reach Trilogy, Van de Meer’s Borne is a surreal piece of work that examines the idea of identity in a relentlessly unforgiving, post-apocalyptic setting.

Although broken into three sections, Borne is really a book of two halves. The first part is an intimate examination of Ra...

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Review written by Alice Wybrew on Monday 20th February 2017
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Invisible Planets

Ken Liu

Invisible Planets by Ken Liu

There is a much bigger speculative fiction scene within China than most people realise. The main barrier to these stories for the western reader is of course language.

It's wonderful to see writers such as Ken Liu translating important Chinese works so that a wider audience can begin to enjoy this rich and diverse market.

Invisible Planets collects eleven short stories, some of which have won awards, others personal favourites of Ken Liu. Many are from a young generati...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 12th December 2016
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Fardwor, Russia

Olec Kashin

Fardwor, Russia by Olec Kashin

Oleg Kashin’s debut novel ‘Fardwor, Russia’ takes its reader on a surreal journey through the political landscape of Russia’s seedy underbelly. Drawing on his experience as an award-winning journalist and polemicist, Kashin skilfully blends fact and fiction, shining a light on some of the most sinister and hypocritical workings of the modern Russian state.

Kashin has woven a masterful fabric of pastiche and parody in his first attempt at fiction, which is decidedly postmoder...

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Review written by Abbie on Friday 9th December 2016
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Defender

GX Todd

Defender by GX Todd

In the dark future of Defender, the majority of the worlds population have died. Killed by themselves and others who were listening to voices steering their horrific actions.

Those who survived live in a hostile environment, unable to trust strangers and fighting over limited resources.

On a long dusty road a stranger walks, the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl at the side of the road. For most it's dangerous to listen to that voice. For Pi...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 21st November 2016
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Shovel Ready

Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

I found this book on Amazon while generally having a browse around and put it on my wish list for Christmas (yes, last Christmas). I finally got round to reading it, I'm glad I did!

Shovel Ready is set in a near future New York that has suffered much since a dirty bomb hit Times Square and the refuse hit the fan. Before this Spademan was a garbage collector with a wife and steady life.

Now his job is a different kind of waste disposal, he's a Hitman.

He f...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 7th November 2016
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I, Robot

Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot is a collection of nine short stories by Isaac Asimov, which originally appeared in Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950. The fictional character Dr Susan Calvin (robopsychologist for U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men Inc) relating these stories to a reporter in the 21st Century acts as a framing narrative, tying them together to create one of the finest examples of a “fix-up” novel.

Each story shares the common theme of Interaction be...

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Review written by Ant on Friday 21st October 2016
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Migration

Daniel David

Migration by Daniel David

What if our day to day behaviour was recorded, analysed and mapped to create a copy of us in a  digital utopia? How would this new reality transact with our own where people need to be born and grow up before they can be absorbed? What would the consequences be for those left behind?

Migration tells the story of individuals caught up in the process of transitioning to a new digital reality controlled by the artificial intelligence, AarBee. David uses several popular tropes from dif...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 19th October 2016
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Revenger

Alastair Reynolds

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds has the kind of scientific imagination that few can match, his stories often explored on a grand scale. While the Universe in Revenger is certainly grand and gloriously imagined, the story itself it much more personal.

The far future Galaxy of Revenger has seen vast Empires rise and fall while planets have been shattered and remade. In the rubble of our reformed solar system, many small planetoids orbit the now faint star. While many of these worlds have been popul...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 26th September 2016
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Titanborn

Rhett Bruno

Titanborn by Rhett Bruno

Titanborn follows the life of "collector" (part bounty hunter part detective) Malcom Graves. Graves is a seasoned veteran who has seen the worst of humanity and is often tasked with cleaning up such flotsam. He lives in a future where mankind has spread to other planets and have adapted, with the human race branching into sub-species, becoming quite different to each other.

After a serious bombing incident on Earth, Graves is teamed up with a new partner and sent to Saturns largest ...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 5th September 2016
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South

Frank Owen

South by Frank Owen

SOUTH is a dystopian fiction set in an alternate America, set in modern times, where a civil war breaks out between the North and the South. The story follows a variety of five characters, each trying to kill, hide or survive. The book follows Garrett and Dyce, on the run from the South’s law enforcement; the Callahans. Whilst journeying through the South, they meet Vida, a woman trying to find a cure for her mother’s illness. Felix Callahan is an old man living in an isolated bunker unde...

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Review written by Sam on Thursday 18th August 2016
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Whistleblower

David Smith

Whistleblower by David Smith

A near future Science Fiction story packed full of action, when it starts, Whistleblower by David Smith has all the punch of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Jake Redwood is part of a special police task force ordered to apprehend suspect alien children and subject them to a set of rigorous tests before they break cover and commit mass murder. The whys and wherefores of this burgeoning worldwide crisis are only to be guessed at, but when one particular child is captured and begins telling a...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Thursday 11th August 2016
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The Damaged

Simon Law

The Damaged by Simon Law

Horror comes in different guises, it can be dark, chilling, violent, bloody and psychological;

Simon Law’s second novel The Damaged is all of these themes.

The story starts in 1987 during ‘The Great Storm’. Law does a great job of writing about the eighties that is both familiar to those who remember it but also useful to readers who may not.

We are introduced to the Mason family, a typical middle class eighties family. Sandra Mason is an assistant manager ...

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Review written by Tracey Holmes on Monday 8th August 2016
p>Science Fiction novels are stories about an imaginary fantastic future, especially space travel. Science Fiction usually refers to technological abilities that are theoretically possible based on current understandings and there have been many cases were past Science Fiction authors have accurately gauged this technology and years later it has come to pass.

Science fiction book reviews are available here from stories that have been written by the great science fictions like Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury to the new breed of classic writers such as Allen Steele and science fiction book reviews of the independent and self published authors...

There are so many truly outstanding scifi books out there that it can be very difficult to choose them apart. Listed here are some of the more popular or most read worthy novels available, however if you know of one you would like to see added, let us know, or better yet send us your review and we will see it included on the site.

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- Mark Twain

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Defender by GX Todd
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