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Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone

Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone

Zero Day features a return to those creeping, swarming and skittling spiders that were introduced in The Hatching and Skitter.

The world is a quite different place and the realisation that there is some co-ordination to the vast deadly swarms of arachnids raises the difficult question of what the US government should do about them. Do they carry out a "cleansing" mass erradication using "tactical nukes" that will ineviatably take as many lives as it saves? Or do they trust in Profes...

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review written by Ant on Monday 16th April 2018
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One Way by S J Morden

One Way by S J Morden

People have been imagining life on Mars for hundreds of years but it seems to becoming an increasingly popular destination at the moment. We've got a growing number of films, games, VR "experiences" and of course books. NASA has it's own "Journey to Mars" program of sending humans there in the 2030's while SpaceX has a much grander plan - having a viable, permanent and self-sustaining colony on the red planet within the next 50 - 100 years.

It all has to start somew...

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review written by Ant on Monday 9th April 2018
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Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Cade Sura finds himself in the unenviable postion of having within his hands the galaxies ultimate weapon. A weapon that promises to bring about peace from the Evil Praxis Kingdom and it's fantatic overlord Ga Halle.

Cade never wanted such responsibility and would do anything he can to get away from it. But with Ga Halle about control every star system in the galaxy, Cade doesn't have a choice, he's going to have to fight.

While most novels try to break away fr...

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review written by Ant on Friday 23rd March 2018
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The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

A new fantasy series from Stephen Donaldson, the author of the Thomas Covenant chronicles and the two Mordant’s Need novels. The first book, The Seventh Decimate tells the story of the war between the nations of Amika and Belleger that has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence.

Prince Bifalt ...

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review written by Allen Stroud on Thursday 15th March 2018
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Forest of Eden by Elizabeth Counhan

Forest of Eden by Elizabeth Counhan

An interstellar expedition, tracing an anomalous signal back to its origin. Three men on board a ship called the Fargo, all returning dead, two hundred years later, but with the cargo hold full of an unknown mineral that makes the fortune of the company that sent them into the unknown.

Twenty-five years after that our story begins just before a ceremony to commemorate the adventures and the dead heroes. One journalist decides to dig a little deeper and finds out one of the men is st...

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review written by Allen Stroud on Tuesday 13th March 2018
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The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

With the premise of Holly Cave's new novel, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a literary version of The Good Place. But Heaven Architect Isobel is no omnipotent Ted Danson, and The Memory Chamber no comedy.

Cave's idea here is an interesting one. After you die, your consciousness is transferred to a 'heaven', a place made up of memories from your life that you've chosen with a Heaven Architect before your death. You're not alive, but merely exist in...

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review written by Alice Wybrew on Sunday 11th March 2018
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The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

This Christmas a member of the family introduced me to NCIS. For those who have yet to discover this long-running US-based TV show it's a police-procedural series that follows the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. Until this time I hadn't even known such an organisation existed, not to mention the fact that most of the show seems to be based on land, not sea.

Why do I mention this? Coincidentally one of the first books I pick up after watching this show is The Gone World...

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review written by Ant on Tuesday 6th February 2018
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After Atlas by Emma Newman

After Atlas by Emma Newman

After Atlas is Newman’s follow up to her science fiction debut, Planetfall. This story is not a sequel, instead it focuses on our future Earth, that has been left behind by the colonists on the Atlas mission.

This aftermath is the setting for a murder mystery plot involving a selection of those left behind by their relatives who went into space. Our narrator is Carlos Moreno, son of one of the colonists, who was left behind as a child with his father, while his mother disappeared ...

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review written by Allen Stroud on Sunday 4th February 2018
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Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

Elysium Fire is the sequel to Aurora Rising (also known as The Prefect), set in Reynold's Revelation Space universe but before events of his previous novels. Like Aurora Rising, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

It's the 25th century (with no Buck Rogers in sight) and humanity has, in many ways, moved on significantly from the Trumpocalypse / raging commercialism of the 21st century. The Glitter Band is a collection of ten-thousand habitats orbiting the planet Yellowsto...

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review written by Ant on Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Aurora Rising by Alastair Reynolds

Aurora Rising by Alastair Reynolds

Aurora Rising is a stand-alone novel written within the authors Revelation Space universe, set before other novels and before the cataclysmic event of the Melding Plague.

It's worth noting that Aurora Rising was published in 2007 as The Prefect. Reynolds fan's who are looking for a new book will need to wait for the sequel, Elysium Fire which is out in a few days. Aurora Rising was nominated for the Locus Award and BSFA for Best Novel back in 2007. In my opinion only loosing...

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review written by Ant on Monday 22nd January 2018
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Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir

The global success of The Martian and its subsequent film adaptation, catapulted Andy Weir into the public eye. Whatever he chose to write next was always going to draw attention.

Set in our near future, Artemis is the story of Jazz Bashara, a young girl living on the moon. Struggling to make a life for herself, Jazz becomes embroiled in a criminal sabotage operation, placing herself, her friends and the whole colony in peril. Her experiences teach her more than she might ever want ...

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review written by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi

Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi

Zoe’s Tale is one of the Old Man War series of books by John Scalzi and covers the same time period and events as The Last Colony, (the previous book in the series) but from a different character’s perspective.  Despite this, it can be read as a standalone novel. 

Zoe is moving to a new colony with her adopted family. She’s not an ordinary girl by our standards or by those of her peers.Zoe’s unique circumstances mean that she takes with her two alien bodyguards and the ho...

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review written by Karen Fishwick on Wednesday 13th December 2017
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.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
- Arthur C Clarke

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