Review: IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua

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“IF THEN is not an easy novel, in that the experience of reading it was, for me, a constant process of triangulation and re-alignment; as a reader I never quite settled into a sense of moral surety. This in itself is an impressive achievement, though I’m unsure to what extent this was deliberate.”

Review: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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“In contrast to mixtapes, Signal To Noise doesn’t rely on referencing songs and musicians to provide its emotional texture. Its characters are full of life, with all the contradictory twists and turns life implies.”

Review: Defenders by Will McIntosh

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“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.”

Review: Get Katja by Simon Logan

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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.”

Review: Martian Sands & The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

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Two novels, with little obviously in common, from a highly prolific author – but common strands of storytelling can still be discerned.

Review: Sunshine Patriots by Bill Campbell

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

Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty

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

Review: Vurt and Pollen by Jeff Noon

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

Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

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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.