Red Tide by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington

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Red Tide by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington Part of The Stellar Guild Series Published by Phoenix Pick, October 2014 ISBN: 978 1 61242 1322 214 pages   Review by Mark Yon   Here’s the latest in the Stellar Guild Series, where, under the guidance of Mike Resnick, famous authors are teamed up with newer or perhaps lesser known writers. I last reviewed this series...

The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton (Chronicle of the Fallers #1)

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The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers #1) is Peter F Hamilton’s return to his Commonwealth Universe, a setting that, prior to this novel, stands at six volumes. Not that they’re all a continuous series, but rather a stand-alone (Misspent Youth), a duology known as the Commonwealth Saga (Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained), and his Void Trilogy (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void,...

Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood

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Sometimes mixing two popular flavors of a genre can work, other times it doesn’t mesh well. Sometimes; however, much like when H.B. Reese first mixed chocolate and peanut butter, the two flavors blend so well that what is most surprising is that it hasn’t been tried before. Such is the case with Michael R. Underwood’s Shield and Crocus, which blends superhero fiction with a sword and sorcery/heist...

Proxima by Stephen Baxter

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Proxima By Stephen Baxter Published by Gollancz, September 2013 ISBN: 978 0 575 11684 9 458 pages   Review by Mark Yon I’m a fan of Stephen’s books, but if I’m honest, recently I’ve not kept up. Which is why I’m reading this one about a year after its first release (although the paperback is now imminent, due October 2014). I’m pleased to see that we’re back to big Epic themes here,...

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

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Savanah, Georgia is devastated by Hurricane Josephine, which drowns much of the city, killing people, and affecting many others in adverse ways. While Hurricane Josephine as depicted in Delilah Dawson’s Servants of the Storm is a fictional storm (and more than just a storm), the devastation such a catastrophe can inflict is too well known, just look to the recent past at the horror stories from Hurricane...

Hyperluminal: the Art of Jim Burns

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Hyperluminal: The Art of Jim Burns Foreword by Joe Haldeman Published by Titan Books, September 2014 ISBN: 978 17811 68448 160 pages   Review by Mark Yon   One of my favourite artists is Jim Burns. Perhaps this is because so many of my favourite books have a Jim Burns cover: from the original UK editions of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones to the original Peter F. Hamilton Commonwealth...

Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

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Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman Published by Gollancz, 2005. ISBN: 978 0 575 11162 2 300 pages   Review by Mark Yon In the future humans have managed to create the Becker-Cendrek Process (BCP) pill, a treatment that leads to their near-immortality. With such a gift initially available only to the rich, there is a war and the release of a virus, Lot 92, kills over seven billion of the world’s population....

Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A Moore

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Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A Moore is the second in a new trilogy of books set in the Alien universe. While set 200 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, it is very much a direct sequel to that novel, incorporating what happened during those events in more ways than one. From the publisher: As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the...

Helix Wars by Eric Brown

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In Helix Wars, the follow-up to Eric Brown’s space opera Helix, the author returns to the fascinating world he created with a story set about two hundred centuries after the previous novel concluded. The majority of the characters from the first volume are historical figures, legends in the human settlement of New Earth. At the end of Helix, humanity was given one of the many worlds on the Helix...

Elric: The Ruby Throne, Volume 1

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Elric Vol. 1 – The Ruby Throne By Michael Moorcock Published by Titan Comics, September 2014 (www.titan-comics.com) ISBN: 9781782761242 (Hardcover) 172 pages Review by Mark Yon This is the first instalment of what should be a new graphic series – the retelling of Mike Moorcock’s famous Elric books through the graphic medium. This first book tells the story known to prose readers as Elric of Melniboné...
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