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Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation Trilogy Cover Ah, Foundation. For me, returning to this novel is like spending time with an old friend. Often generally regarded as ‘one of the best’*, if not one of the most important SF novels of all time, I personally have reread this one – well, a few times. I consider myself very lucky to own a signed...
   

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu

the-days-of-tao The Days of Tao is Wesley Chu’s new story in his Tao setting, and while only a novella it will be a welcome addition to any fans of the series. Set after the events of the final book, The Rebirths of Tao, and before the upcoming first novel in a sequel series, The Rise of Io, Chu returns us to...

HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES by Daniel José Older (Bone Street Rumba #1)

th_b_older_half New York City is a world unto itself, it has been visited by many a writer, and populated by many fictional characters both living and dead. In the uniquely engaging and powerful voice of Daniel José Older, the world of New York City’s dead inhabitants is a vivid and alive landscape full of potency....
   

Archive Review: Glory Road by Robert A Heinlein

GloryRoad_1st_ed A recent discussion on the Forums about this book reminded me that I wrote a review of it, many years ago. It’s taken a bit of finding, but here it is. Written way back in 2009. Compared with Rocketship Galileo (reviewed HERE – link) and, as you might expect with nearly 20 years difference, this...

Film review: Bride of Re-Animator

image005 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Bride of Re-Animator, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 11th April in a stunning new 2K restoration, featuring both the unrated and R-Rated cuts of the film. This new deluxe set comes director approved and...
   

Film review: Heartless

heartless_sofie Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “In recent months, Nordic Noir & Beyond has continued to grow from strength to strength as market leaders in releasing world class European TV shows to a wider audience. Following the success of The Bridge III, River and most recently Trapped, their...

Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the ‘Verse by Monica Valentinelli

firefly phrasebook1   It’s pretty much a definite thing when asked in the Hobbit household what our favourite TV genre series is. Firefly is usually near the top, outvoting Battlestar Galactica, The X Files, Star Trek and Millennium. (Fringe comes pretty close to the top, actually.) So this lovely looking book took...
   

Roboteer by Alex Lamb

roboteer Roboteer is the first book in debut author Alex Lamb’s Roboteer trilogy. Released in 2015, Roboteer is the kind of novel that calls to me to read – it has everything that I want in a science fiction novel. However, despite trying to read it on its release, I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the...

Set Phasers to Stun by Marcus Berkmann

set phasers to stun   In my recent review of Miasma by Greg Cox I mentioned that this year (2016) is the 50th anniversary of the first episodes of Star Trek being shown in the US. Here is part of the British celebration, even though the British experience is a little different to the US one. (I also wrote about this...
   

JAVELIN RAIN by Myke Cole (A Shadow OPs Novel)

Cover art by Larry Rostant In the world of Myke Cole’s Shadow OPS books, magic is real and weaponized. Javelin Rain takes place immediately following Gemini Cell, at a time when magic is wild, uncontrolled and barely understood.  In it, Jim Schweitzer is on the run and dead.  Having died in Gemini Cell, he was resurrected...

Doomwatch

164480 Doomwatch - Sleve.indd Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilms “Groundbreaking classic British sci-fi series Doomwatch originally aired on the BBC from 1970 – 1972 and at its peek, attracted in excess of 13.6 million viewers and spawned two film adaptations. Although in huge demand, it has never before been...
   

The Door into Summer by Robert Heinlein

Door into Summer Here’s the latest reread of Heinlein’s works, as Mark goes through the Virginia Edition series. * The Door into Summer was originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (October, November, December 1956) and published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1957.   Unlike...

Death Walks Twice

image015 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilms “Arrow Video are thrilled to announce the release of Luciano Ercoli’s Italian horror classics Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight which premiere on Blu-ray in this beautifully restored, limited edition collection. Emerging at the...
   

THE HEIR OF NIGHT by Helen Lowe (Wall of Night #1)

th_b_lowe_heir_new Epic Fantasy is perhaps the sub-genre of speculative fiction where tropes live and breathe most strongly, where they are reinvented or given a new shake-up, but follows a certain structure or set of expectations. Helen Lowe’s The Heir of Night, the first installment of her Wall of Night trilogy is...

The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman

Hemingway hoax UK Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in 1991, this novella has been on my to-read list for a while now. I am a fan of Joe’s work, but this one I’ve kept putting back on the pile. I’m never quite sure why, but I think the main reason is that I’ve always assumed that the story will work...
   

Man Plus by Frederik Pohl

MANPLUS1976 Man Plus is a 1976 novel by American SF Grandmaster Frederik Pohl. The book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1977, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel the same year. Over time, it has become regarded as a standout work in Pohl’s venerated career and one of the seminal stories...

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)

Cover Art by Will Staehle Wizards, parallel worlds, and pirates! If you mix those great fictional components together, you might have something fun. When V.E. Schwab mixes them together, we readers are treated to something great. A Gathering of Shadows is the direct sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic so you’ll need to read that...
   

Re-Animator & Basket Case The Trilogy

secondsightcomp Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “Second Sight is delighted to announce the re-release of two seminal horror Blu-rays Re-Animator and Basket Case The Trilogy, both come in black case classic packaging and are packed full of outstanding special features. One of the most celebrated, outrageous,...

Miasma by Greg Cox

miasma small   It may have missed your attention that we’re about to celebrate 50 years since the appearance of the first series of Star Trek this year.  (UK readers please note: we’ve still got three years to go yet…) As a result, though, it’s probably not a coincidence that there’s a new movie on...
   

Arkwright by Allen Steele

Arkwright small   Considering all the kerfuffle around SFF awards and fandom in the last year, it would not be surprising if fans felt a little aggrieved with the genre at the moment. What with in-fighting, factions, splinter groups, and often bitterness all around, it can seem like a forbidding place to be associated...
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