Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett
 

Vigilance

Review

 
Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
 

Waste Tide

Chinese Translation Review

 
The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
 

The Bone Ships

ARC Review

 

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Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett
4.25

Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the authors whose writing, I eagerly look forward to whenever something new is announced. I was a bit skeptical about this title though, as this is a dystopic science fiction novella, which is not a genre I associate Bennett with. But he once again proved admirably why he is […]

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Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
4

Originally written in Chinese and published in 2013, this edition of Waste Tide is translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books. It is also Chen Qiufan’s debut book. Set in a dystopian China of the future (post 2020s), Waste Tide is an excellent example of environmental science fiction and is inspired by the […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review
5

Set in the near future, society has become something different; there’s a new hierarchy at play. The government has fallen and life has fractured as a result of pollution and radiation. The Republic of Gilead rises from the ashes. Men have taken the position of power as head of the household. They are in charge; […]

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Ada Palmer Interview – Seven Surrenders

Ada Palmer Interview – Seven Surrenders 

Ada Palmer is the winner of this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her debut novel Too Like The Lightning, first in the Terra Ignota sequence, was nominated for the Hugo Award, and its sequel Seven Surrenders is out now. Ada Palmer was attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival and kindly agreed […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review
5

When I kicked off the Fantastic Literature column, I mentioned that Hulu was producing a series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And that television show has helped spur a renaissance around the 1985 book, with libraries seeing waitlists for the book run a mile long, and the iconic costumes popping up at state […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the Bone Season series: The Bone Season and The Mime Order. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first two books. Good afternoon lovely people! And, for those of you who are reading this in a different time zone, […]

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The Seven by Peter Newman

The Seven by Peter Newman
5

Seven is a magical number. Indeed, a 2014 survey found that seven is the world’s favourite number. Perhaps that is why the world of film and books has known so many sevens; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Secret Seven, The Magnificent Seven, the seven sons of Feanor, and the Se7en (deadly sins). Newman’s The Seven […]

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The Hammer and The Goat / The Vagrant and The City by Peter Newman

The Hammer and The Goat / The Vagrant and The City by Peter Newman
4.5

Covers count. Every author knows this. Covers can make you buy books, they pose questions, raise mysteries – draw in the eye and the imagination. It is rare, however, for the cover of one book to make you buy a different book, but so it was with me this weekend. Later this month, the final […]

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Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day

Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day 

There are few genres in all of entertainment that are more sculpted by the times they are written in than science fiction. From its earliest beginnings, sci-fi has been about asking questions. What will humans eventually evolve into? At what point will humanity’s drive to invent give birth to a new lifeform? Which accent is […]

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James
4.5

Gilded Cage began life as a Wattpad success and it’s easy to see why. Sitting halfway between the YA and adult markets, James’ story has a wide appeal and deals with popular themes. While the dystopian ‘us and them’ set-up is familiar, the world of Gilded Cage is far more comprehensively realised than many of […]

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The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi

The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi 

When we talk about science fiction we divide it up. It’s too big for a single shelf, we have to break it into subgenres and swallow it in pieces. There’s hard sci-fi, which typically deals with complicated scientific concepts. I usually call this technical sci-fi, since it’s often predicated on the idea that the science […]

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
4.25

This review contains spoilers for Red Queen. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. I’m new to this series and tore through the first book, Red Queen, in one sitting. The idea isn’t an original one – we’re talking an ‘us and them’ scenario with the eugenics elements borrowed from […]

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