Cory Doctorow. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Tor, 2005.

Cory Doctorow is feted as one of the few SF writers out there promoting the leading edge of new technology. He is a leading member of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, has written for the seminal tech mag Wired, and is one of those behind the leading blog boingboing.net He collaborated with fellow-technophile(net nerd) Charles Stross… Continue reading Cory Doctorow. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Tor, 2005.

Eric Brown. Approaching Omega. Telos Publishing, 2005.

Eric Brown has been writing for more than a decade, a (very) regular contributor to Interzone, and a virtually ever-present in all nine issues of Spectrum SF in the early 00’s. I certainly had felt that, how shall I put it?, that Brown was somewhat over-exposed at this point, with his Kethani/Tartarus story sequences going… Continue reading Eric Brown. Approaching Omega. Telos Publishing, 2005.

Eric Brown. The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne. PS Publishing, 2005.

Whilst I have a suspicion that the 498 pages of the Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures may well never get read, I can confirm that the slimmer volume in hand was a most enjoyable read (concluding pun notwithstanding) in which Brown gives a convincing impersonation of M Verne. Certainly a better showpiece of Brown’s ability than his recent ‘Approaching Omega’

Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap. Gollancz, 2005.

Over the past fortnight I’ve been indulging myself with Alastair Reynolds fourth novel ‘Absolution Gap’ – including a memorable 2hr session with three 10% abv Belgian beers in my favourite watering-hole – ‘tWildeman in Amsterdam. Before I start with my review of ‘Absolution Gap’, a some background information is necessary! And please note that there… Continue reading Alastair Reynolds. Absolution Gap. Gollancz, 2005.

Mary Gentle. Under the Penitence. PS Publishing, 2004.

Gentle’s novel ‘Ash’ published in two volumes in the USA, but as a singleton in the UK, has rightly garnered a lot of praise. I don’t read many novels, but was minded to read this one, and did not regret that decision. I was hugely impressed at the way Gentle played with the idea of… Continue reading Mary Gentle. Under the Penitence. PS Publishing, 2004.

Stephen Baxter. Mayflower II. PS Publishing 2004

Prolific British SF writer Stephen Baxter has an increasingly impressive body of work to his name, including a variety of singleton novels, and several novel sequences, and a lot of short stories. It is pleasant to see a writer being able to keep such a breadth in their content and format of writing – it… Continue reading Stephen Baxter. Mayflower II. PS Publishing 2004

Gary Greenwood. Jigsaw Men. (PS Publishing, 2004).

Greenwood creates an alternate England : one in which the sun has not set on our Empire, one in which Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ was a biography, and one in which the attempted invasion by Martians envisaged by HG Wells’ did actually happen. The Jigsaw Men are those created or given life after death through the… Continue reading Gary Greenwood. Jigsaw Men. (PS Publishing, 2004).

Richard Calder. The Twist. (Four Walls Eight Windows 2003)

Richard Calder’s purple (at times turgidly so) prose featured regularly in UK magazine Interzone with several lengthy, linked stories appearing in a number of issues. Those stories were fixed-up into the novel ‘Lord Soho’, and, if the letters page of the magazine were anything to go by, divided readers into two camps – those who… Continue reading Richard Calder. The Twist. (Four Walls Eight Windows 2003)