17 May 2013
The collected stories may owe more to Austen and Thackeray than to Tolkien, as the editors point out, but they also owe a great deal more to Dunsany and the Rossettis and Andrew Lang than to Jules Verne.
15 May 2013
Zenn Scarlett is a novel that disappoints on multiple levels.
13 May 2013
As the program throws together a heady cocktail of biological weapons, mad scientists, conspiracy theories, spies, torturers, attempted genocide, deserted mansions, long lost family members and assorted other improbable elements besides, Utopia becomes a dizzying and intricate balancing act which always seems one moment away from collapse.
10 May 2013
This is a novel that wants to be a character study first, a romance second, and speculative fiction a distant third.
08 May 2013
In Taber's construction, gender is destiny.
06 May 2013
The title Adam Robots is a giveaway. Is this a joke? splutters the unwary reader. Well, yes.
03 May 2013
Quietly, without any fuss, the New Weird has won.
01 May 2013
So, is the 2013 Clarke shortlist any good?
29 April 2013
The judges for the 2013 Clarke award faced an extra challenge. This year, on top of all the usual tasks, it was incumbent upon them to produce a shortlist that would prove that we have not, in fact, lived and fought in vain.
26 April 2013
In Queen of Nowhere, Jaine Fenn opens a window on a fascinating and vivid science fictional world, seen through the lens of an intriguing character—a world which, ultimately, proves more vivid and coherent than our protagonist.
24 April 2013
Paul Kincaid: Why is Reed's work so regularly praised, yet so rarely in receipt of the various honours given out to genre fiction? This superb retrospective collection might provide a few clues.
22 April 2013
"Boat in Shadows, Crossing" is a story in which words often don't mean quite what we expect them to, and keeping track of that slipperiness requires a close and attentive reading.
19 April 2013
If I had to qualify it quickly, I would say that there is a sort of inestimable cuteness to this book.
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