THE LAST TSAR’S DRAGONS – YOLEN AND STEMPLE Paperback:192 pages Publisher:Tachyon Publications (11 July 2019) Reviewed by Eris Young   The Last Tsar’s Dragons is a fantastical reimagination of the last days of the Romanov dynasty and the first days of communist rule in Russia. Written by the duo of fantasy powerhouse Jane Yolen and […]

Autonomous- Annalee Newitz

Autonomous Annalee Newitz Orbit 291 pages Reviewed by Rachel Hill   Ursula Le Guin once commented that the works of Margaret Atwood, ‘exemplify one of the things science fiction does, which is to extrapolate imaginatively from current trends and events to a near-future that’s half prediction, half satire.’ (Guardian) This prediction-satire characterises what Annalee Newitz […]

Fifty-One by Chris Barnham

Fifty-One Chris Barnham Filles Vertes Publishing 320 pages Review: Georgina Merry From the near future to the blitz, Barnham’s time travel escapade is a smooth blend of romance, espionage, and intrigue. If you want hard sci-fi, this isn’t the book to choose. However, if you love mystery, conspiracies, and vintage settings, look no further.   […]

The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack by Nate Crowley

  Abaddon, 400 pages Review by S-J McGeachy When a book’s prologue consists of quotations from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Eric Morecombe you hope for a healthy combination of grim despair and hearty chuckles. Thankfully, Nate Crowley delivers both in spades.   Schneider Wrack regains consciousness and slowly becomes aware that he is dead. His […]

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Walkaway Cory Doctorow Head of Zeus, 504 pages Review by Joanna McLaughlin What would happen if instead of trying to improve a corrupt society – or even just survive it – we chose to turn our backs on it altogether? This is the premise of Cory Doctorow’s new novel, Walkaway, in which the main characters […]

Carapace by Davyne DeSye

Carapace Davyne DeSye Illuminus, 338 pages Review by Steve Ironside Some books you regret picking up, some are just a joy to read, and some feel like a bit of a slog, but at the last page you can put it down and say, “that was worth it”. Carapace initially felt like it belonged in […]

The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross

The Delirium Brief Charles Stross Orbit, 435 pages Review by Duncan Lunan The press release for this novel begins “James Bond meets H.P. Lovecraft in the latest occult thriller from Hugo Award winner Charles Stross, in a series where British spies take on the supernatural”. The Bond reference is apt because it’s sometimes alleged that […]

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun Jeannette Ng Angry Robot, 416 pages Review by Marija Smits The central premise of Under the Pendulum Sun is a strong one: to what lengths will a missionary go to bring faith to the faithless? But here’s where the premise gets really interesting – the faithless are the inhabitants of Arcadia, […]

Sirens by Simon Messingham

Sirens Simon Messingham Derelict Space Sheep, 338 pages Review by Katie Gray I was tentatively excited for Sirens. Being a die-hard Doctor Who fan I was familiar with Simon Messingham’s work – he’s the author of no less than seven expanded universe novels across four different books ranges. Naturally I was interested to read his […]

Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Shattered Minds Laura Lam Tor, 400 pages Review by Eris Young In a future North American West Coast ruled behind the scenes by a sinister corporation called Sudice, neurological experiments are conducted on criminals and drug addicts: people the company think no one will miss. One of these addicts is Carina, a neuroprogrammer and former […]