A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring

Despite that spring is my favourite season, it seems that I’ve written few stories set during the three months between the end of March and June. It’s a period that defines new life, a new start, new beginnings and people tend to be blessed with a certain air of positivity and relaxation. Spring for me means bees and cider (amongst other things!) What sort of a new beginnings can we explore in our fiction? Continue reading “A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring”

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Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films that are classed as scifi. Continue reading “Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)”

Is Modern TV a Case of “Books on the Screen”?

Is it just me or has there been a cosmic shift in television dramas (particularly sci-fi) in the last few years? Have you noticed? Go back over modern television – go back perhaps 30 years and those ongoing sci-fi series tended to be a “monster of the week” type serials. The endless Trek spin- offs, Andromeda, to a certain extent Stargate SG-1, Buffy, Charmed… all of them had a running thread but each week the story would be (with the exception of the occasional two-parter) wrapped up in those 45 minutes. Continue reading “Is Modern TV a Case of “Books on the Screen”?”

Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

I saw Dark Eden advertised in SFX magazine a few years ago and added it to my mental wish list. It sounded my sort of thing and I eventually bought it on Kindle. A tale of strange alien worlds and life forms, exotic yet hostile, beautiful yet problematic about a small colony trying to survive. It sounded my sort of thing. Continue reading “Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett”

Book Review: Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

I have wanted to read something of Tidhar since his name first cropped up on my radar. I am an occasional reader of more literary and heavier science fiction and his style and subject matter appeared to hit the spot. I had an email from the publisher (Tachyon Press) asking if I would like an ARC. Gratefully, I accepted as eagerly as I accepted Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds last year. Here is what I think of this book.
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“Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.”

Science fiction is often about technology, yet there are some fictional universes where some technologies we take for granted are taboo. Let’s take computers, for example. Religious dictats are as prevalent in one world as strictures against Muslims and Jews eating bacon are here, today, arguably even more enforced. That is the world of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Continue reading ““Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.””