Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Issue 30 cover preview

Paul Drummond has done a fantastic job for us again for our 30th issue (can't believe it's that many!)

This issue is subtitled Hermippe.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Icebones - Stephen Baxter

When it first came out back in 1999 I bought, read and enjoyed Mammoth a novel from Stephen Baxter. I then found out it was aimed a the 'youth' market, and because at that age these things mattered (reading SF was bad enough, reading 'youth' SF, I don't think I could have stood the shame!) I didn't return to read books two or three in the Mammoth saga.

A few weeks ago I was browsing the shelves of my local discount book shop and found Icebones (Mammoth book 3) on the shelves. I had a holiday coming up, and thought it would make a good holiday read. One holiday later, what did I make of the book?

I enjoyed it immensely. Somehow Stephen seems to make it easy to become a Mammoth. I really felt a understood how a mammoth might think, might feel, his story telling was fantastic, this wasn't a 'what happens' story, in many ways the plot is a fairly basic 'road trip' story, but the changes you see in the characters, the involvement Stephen gives us in their lives just makes this a great story. I think you should read this if only to get the question I got from my wife. "So what are you reading then?", "Oh, a book about Mammoths..." pause as she rolls her eyes. "on Mars..." It sounds like a really bad B movie. It certainly doesn't read like one.


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

SFcrowsnest reviews 'excellent' Thyone (#29)

SFcrowsnest has produced another good review for Jupiter. The first I've seen for issue 29. Some good feedback for the individual stories. Read is here:


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

SFrevu Review Issue 28: Autonoe

Well, my fault the review was late, I managed to miss them out on the mailing, Still better late than never!

Sam seems to have enjoyed all the stories this time out, overall Autonoe has "got the usual good stuff".

Read the full review here: