We have a great range of stories this issue. Callum McSorely takes us deep under the Antarctic ice to explore strange worlds and a murder; Jo Ross-Barrett introduces us to a neurodivergent AI; Jack Schouten presents a futuristic body-swapping take on the King’s Shilling; and RV Neville’s first published story features a washing machine interrogation […]
The Need is a story in our great Kickstarter project MILK by Stref.
Come and pledge here to get your copy and enjoy our movie.
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 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 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. […]
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 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 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 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 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, […]