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Second Home

“At nights the centre becomes a ghost town, punctuated by enclaves of life where tourists congregate in restaurants and bars near historic museums, galleries and theatres. Elsewhere local businesses and residents are long gone”

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Review: Sunshine Patriots by Bill Campbell

Although highly uneven and flawed, Campbell’s rastafarian SF novel is a ferocious and dark-humoured critique of human fallibility and rapacious colonialism.

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Elysium & Snowpiercer: exploding heads vs. rail sociology

Elysium is bad science fiction on just about every level, and a pretty poor film to boot. Snowpiercer, by contrast, is a fascinating study of human social psychology in a high-stress environment.

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This Is the End: a petty apocalypse

A shower of narcissistic celebutards and vain Hollywood types gather for a party that happens to coincide with the Rapture and the subsequent end of the world? How could this go wrong?

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Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh’s latest novel initially appears ugly and callous, but given time blossoms and displays its heart.

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A short writing update

A quick update on some of my writing for other venues.


Review: Vurt and Pollen by Jeff Noon

A joint review of Jeff Noon’s groundbreaking, hallucinatory, Manchester-based SF novels: Vurt (1993) and Pollen (1995).

Among Others

Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Jo Walton’s partially autobiographical ninth novel is a love letter to the books and countryside of her youth; the imaginative stories of SF and fantasy, and the magic of the Welsh landscape.

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Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland and fear of the future

Moxyland is an excellent thriller, an engaging spin on the ageing genre of cyberpunk, and a thoroughly convincing portrayal of youth culture in various social strata of near-future Cape Town. However, its political heart leaves something to be desired.

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Review: Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Lavie Tidhar), The Joy of Technology (Roy Gray), Paintwork (Tim Maughan)

A review covering three books from three up-and-coming authors (on in Tidhar’s case, fairly well established). Originally published in Vector.