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Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters is an admirable work of fiction that ticks all the right boxes for fans of crime thrillers, fantasy and SF.

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Review: Defenders by Will McIntosh

“This is a surprisingly emotionally engaging novel for what is essentially a cross-breed of two traditional SF tropes: the invasion of Earth and the unforeseen consequences of scientific progress.”

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Review: Get Katja by Simon Logan

About the only things that Katja values in her life are her guitar, her band, and her wits. All three are about as battered as each other but, as Minnesota punk band Dillinger 4 wrote, channelling down-and-outer author Nelson Algren, “the beat-up side of what they call pride could be the measure of these days.”

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Game Dev Diary #1 – early days & false starts

Part one in a probably endless occasional series, documenting the extraordinarily slow process of developing a game when you’re already working full time.

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“I will kill them all!”: Thoughts on Attack on Titan

“It is, essentially, about a fear of being consumed. The series’ creative teams are well aware of this and spare little opportunity to viscerally represent the horrifying sight of people being eaten or to cut away at just the right moment to let the viewer’s appalled imagination do the work. The fear of being consumed is of course a natural one – for all human beings’ complex society and technology we are still ultimately meat and bone – and realising it via monsters who look much like large, sexless versions of ourselves is just the icing on the loathsome cake.”

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Vector 2014 Recommendations

A short write-up of a few assorted 2014 favourites, originally intended for publication in Vector. It’s not appearing there, so it’s here instead. Fancy that!