The Dreaded Adverb Problem
 

The Dreaded Adverb Problem

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Exploring Rural Landscape
 

Exploring Rural Landscape

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Plotting – What Happens Next?
 

Plotting – What Happens Next?

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Rogue One – Book and Movie Review

Rogue One – Book and Movie Review 

Note: This review covers both the film Rogue One and the prequel novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. Small “spoilers” abound but I’ll say without reservation that there is no way this review can really spoil anything. The conclusion was foregone. We already know how the story ends. What I haven’t spoiled are some of […]

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Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Slipping by Lauren Beukes
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Slipping by Lauren Beukes is a collection of previously published short stories and nonfiction. Having read—and loved—two of her novels, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, I jumped at the chance to read this collection. Everything I liked about her novels I found here: dark and unsettling imagery, relationships forming and exploding, clever turns of […]

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Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses 

Have you ever noticed that extra-terrestrials in most “aliens-make-contact” science fiction usually resemble octopuses, squids, or other cephalopods? At least, when they don’t just look like humans in Halloween masks or cheap make up. Arrival, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Simpsons… the list goes on. The default non-humanoid aliens seem to always have […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love

Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love 

This month’s stories are about people experiencing true love (or what they believe to be love) for the first time. I know that writing about feelings – and especially love – is quite hard too but since love is an integral part of life, it was about time to try writing about it. If you […]

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Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu

Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu
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Invisible Planets is superb anthology of short fiction that offers Westerners in particular a series of totally unique entry points and perspectives. There is plenty of impressive science fiction and fantasy but so many other genres are also touched upon that readers are bound to be swept away and will assuredly find a new author […]

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The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu
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The Tao books hold a very special place in my heart. I discovered them by accident and instantly fell in love with the characters and the adventures they had. I loved the concept of the Quasing and Chu’s light-hearted writing style. When the Tao series came to a close, I was very satisfied with the […]

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The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley
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Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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Human Stories

Human Stories 

I’ve been working my way through the Honorverse by David Weber, a military science fiction series focused on the life and career of Captain Honor Harrington. The books centre on her actions during a war between two great empires, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven. There’s adventure, politics, love, loss, friendship, […]

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Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review

Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review
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The second volume in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy—filling in some of the timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens—Life Debt differs from its predecessor in tone, scope and style. Life Debt is a widescreen, traditional Star Wars tale set smack in the eye of the storm raging in a galaxy far, far […]

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50 Years of Star Trek

50 Years of Star Trek 

Let me make this clear from the start; I wasn’t alive when the first episode of Star Trek was broadcast on the BBC. The last episode (discounting the ‘banned’ episodes – in the 70s the BBC was not as ‘enlightened’ as it is now… maybe) was aired 7 months before I was born. Now that’s […]

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from? 

Sometimes out of the mouths, well hands, of babes and sucklings it seems… It’s a question many writers dread and I think it’s because it’s so hard to give any sort of concrete answer. Mostly. I mean, they come from anywhere and everywhere. They pop into your head unbidden (inspired by something you’ve seen or […]

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Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Time Siege by Wesley Chu
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Time Siege, by Wesley Chu, is the second book in the Time Salvager series. It picks up right where the first book left off. James Griffin-Mars and his allies are still on the run from corporate security and Chronocom, the organisation he used to work for. At the head of this hunt is Kuo, the […]

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