Category: Science fiction

Book review: CARCHARODONS – RED TITHE by Robbie MacNiven

Black Library increasingly takes us into new and unexplored territory, with the hardback release of CARCHARODONS – RED TITHE. The first full-length novel to feature the Carcharodon Astra (also known as the Space Sharks), this book is also the first full-length outing from author Robbie MacNiven. The Sharks are one of those Space Marine chapters…


Top 5: Bill Paxton movies

Join me for a tour de force of the late Bill Paxton’s movie roles. In ascending order, let’s examine the great Mr Paxton’s best big screen appearances. 5. PREDATOR 2 (1990) PREDATOR 2, of course, came after ALIENS. It gets some bad press, but it also has many fans. I’m one of them. And, of…


RIP: Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

For those that don’t already know, the great Bill Paxton passed away last weekend. This is a tremendous loss to his family, and also the cinema and SF community. Bill Paxton is probably best known for his “average Joe” film roles, and had the unquestionable accolade of being the only actor who has played a…


Book review: THE MEDUSA CHRONICLES by Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds

  Verdict: A very enjoyable extension of Arthur C Clarke’s original novella The premise for MEDUSA CHRONICLES is interesting of itself: the story is based on (and really a sequel to) Arthur C Clarke’s 1971 A MEETING WITH MEDUSA. Clarke’s original story met with critical acclaim, and is widely regarded as being one of his…


Unsung Stories Live: 21st February 2017

Have you heard of Unsung Stories? They’re a small press, publishing literary and speculative fiction in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror and beyond. They published DARK STAR by Oliver Langmead, which was one of my favourite books of 2016. As well as publishing books and short fiction, Unsung Stories also holds live literary…


LAZARE EN GUERRE: LIVRE I – L’ARTEFACT released!

Yesterday marked the release of the French version of THE LAZARUS WAR: ARTEFACT! Published by L’Atalante, as LAZARE EN GUERRE: L’ARTEFACT, this has possibly the coolest version of my book cover ever… I love this cover in so many ways. It has a really retro SF vibe going on, which is very LAZARUS WAR. The art style…


Introducing the Independent Agency

Turn to the acknowledgements section of a book, and you will often find thanks being expressed for the assistance given to the author by their agent. I can attest to the fact that a good agent really is priceless. Having an agent who understands the market is the first step to getting your manuscript published. I’m very…


Movie review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Verdict: A different perspective on the STAR WARS universe, ROGUE ONE is an exciting, well-produced and worthwhile addition to the expanded universe As of late 2015, Disney apparently had six STAR WARS movies in the works: three stand-alone “spin offs”, with the rest being extensions of the main storyline. ROGUE ONE is the first of…


Happy New Year 2017!

Just a quick post to say happy new year to all my blog viewers! If you’re reading this post, chances are that you are a fan or reader of my books, and I’d like to say a big thank you for your support throughout 2016! This year saw the release of all three of my…


Blu ray review: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

  Verdict: More spectacle than movie The original INDEPENDENCE DAY is revered as something of a cult movie. It strikes just the right balance of levity and solemnity; WAR OF THE WORLDS with MARS ATTACKS sensibilities. The acting is ham-fisted and over the top, whilst the plot is cheesy and overly patriotic. But for all…


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