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…


Book review: TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE

The PLANET OF THE APES franchise has proved to be an enduring one: a series that has developed from a single film (which itself was based on a book), into a series of movies, books, comics and more. The 1968 original film spawned a whole host of sequels, and from the early days of APES…


Movie review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Verdict: A fun, old-fashioned monster movie King Kong’s story has been told and retold many times, and the tale of the noble great ape is one that Hollywood keeps returning to. The premise is always the same, more or less: expedition discovers enormous gorilla, gorilla goes bananas, mayhem ensues, everyone escape the island. There are…


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…


Reminder: Tomorrow 21st Feb is Unsung Stories!

Just a reminder for anyone in the London area: tomorrow is Unsung Stories, and I’m going to be reading a story there! The event is being held at The Star of Kings, N1, and it’s free to attend (although you need a ticket). Here’s the Unsung Stories blurb on the event: “Join us for the…


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…


Book review: NOMAD by Alan Partridge

Verdict: Another chapter in Alan’s life that you won’t want to miss Alan Partridge is recognised as being the – or certainly one of the – premier faces of mid-morning radio in the North Norfolk area. Part presenter, part businessman and all Alan, you’d think that Partridge is the man with everything. And yet something…


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