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Book Review: Lightless by C. A. Higgins

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Del Rey (Sept, 2015), Cover by David G. Stevenson   Caitlin A. Higgins’ ‘hard sf’ Lightless (2015) is a solid, first novel that engrosses from the get-go. It balances scientific speculation with developed main characters in a tense, claustrophobic and psychologically thrilling drama. Whilst Higgins covers familiar ground in her exploration of SFnal themes, she does so […]

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Book Review: Saga by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2009), Cover by Tony Sahara   While Conor Kostick’s Epic was a fun sword-and-sorcery adventure in a virtual gaming environment, this sequel in the Avatar Chronicles trilogy, Saga (2008), is a wholly different beast. Its scope extends far beyond the MMORPG themes its predecessor was limited by, although, in hindsight, Kostick did set up the […]

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Book Review: Epic by Conor Kostick

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Firebird (2008), Cover by Tony Sahara   There’s a certain kind of appeal in the idea of conflict resolution through a sophisticated virtual medium, especially when conflicts have a tendency towards real, physical violence. An environment that eliminates the crutch of physical inadequacies by providing the same starting point for all makes vis-à-vis encounters in […]

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High-Rise by J. G. Ballard

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Jonathan Cape U.K. Hc | 1975 | Cover by Craig Dodd   I’d always wished to read J. G. Ballard ever since I had seen Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of his novel Empire of the Sun. I was also aware that he had written a number of science fiction novels, but I still never got […]

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